Learn how to make roses out of Starburst candies. Use these Starburst roses as a replacement for buttercream roses on cakes and cupcakes.
- Starburst candies in your preferred color(s) – quantity depends on how many roses you’d like. One candy makes one small rose or two large rose petals.
- Start by making sure your hands are very clean and dried on a lint-free towel since these sticky candies will pick up any little speck on your hands.
- Select the color Starburst you’d like your rose to be then unwrap one candy and place it on a microwave safe dish. Microwave for 2-3 seconds or until soft enough to knead. Use caution as these will get hot very quickly and the inside may be much hotter than the outside.
- Once the Starburst is at the right temperature, knead until smooth then pinch off a piece that will become the center of your rose. Using a small pinch will yield a tiny flower but use about half a Starburst to make the large flower.
- Use your fingers to form the candy piece into a wide flower petal shape then roll it up as shown in the photo.
- Grab another piece the same size as before and form into another flower petal shape. Attach this around the outside of rolled piece. It helps to place it slightly higher than the rolled piece since the petals will flare out. Additionally, if you shape the petal somewhat longer, you can form a stem to hold onto while you make the rose.
- Keep repeating this process until you have attached enough petals to form a rose. Flare out the petals to your liking and if you want, you can dip it in sugar to add sparkle. Use kitchen shears to cut off the “stem” (excess Starburst) from the bottom of the rose to make a flat base. Set the flower upright on wax paper or parchment paper until you’ve made all the roses you’d like for your cake.
- Once all your roses are completed, decorate your cake as desired. Keep in mind that although these flowers are a fun decoration to make, they are probably too firm to eat and could pose a choking hazard if served to a child (please see notes below).
- time is per rose
- Not intended for consumption – These roses can become very firm and difficult to chew after microwaving then being exposed to the air. Remove before serving the cake to a child as they could be a choking hazard.