The David Austin Rose

The step-by-step techniques to create The David Austin Rose will grow your creative confidence without the excessive tool list.

These techniques will transform you from feeling like a cake maker to feeling like a cake artist and experience artistic confidence whenever you create sugar flowers knowing you can colour, shape, and finish your flowers without confusion or hesitation.

Before I tell you everything about this transformative The David Austin Rose course, let’s talk about who it’s really for…

You’re a creative cake decorator on a journey to find your artistic voice. You dream of creating elegant sugar flowers that you’ll be able to charge more for and blow away your clients, friends and family.

  • A brand new but quickly growing cake decorator who wants to invest in themselves and find experienced mentors to show them shortcuts to beautiful end results

  • A seasoned cake creator with years of experience, wanting to attract a different clientele and shift your business’ aesthetic to high-end, elegant cakes that align fully with your artistic vision

  • An experienced cake decorator who wants to spend time on the creative side of your business instead of re-creating other people’s work (ahem… Pinterest cakes). You might also want to refine your artistic vision so that you can create work that reflects your true self and build a portfolio of work that you want to create moving forward

You’re in the right place and I’m going to tell you exactly how The David Austin Rose will give you the techniques, creative confidence and a step-by-step guide to create your most stunning David Austin Roses yet.


From other Finespun Cakes Academy Students

Enjoying the Creative Process

Paula S

I am truly enjoying the creative process of making sugar flowers, and although the end result is absolutely important, Alexandria has helped me to approach this art form with confidence and an open mind. Nature isn’t perfect and there aren’t any absolute, so I am adapting to a more fluid style and seeing beauty in all aspects of my sugar flower creations.

My Daughter's Wedding Cake

Sue W

My daughter asked if I would make their wedding cake. I was thrilled - then panic set in - because I’m just not that good! I tried them out on my other daughter's birthday cake. They loved them. I watched over and again and fell in love with my new friend “the veining tool”. Petals got thinner - flowers became more and more realistic. (To me anyway!) I am a total amateur but your course helped me produce flowers I could be proud of - thank you.

Such a Time Saver!

Hira K

It's been a wonderful experience with you and all the amazing flower friends from the academy . Absolutely loving all the appreciation . The perfect peony course is just incredible and detailed from stem to calyx! In a matter of minutes it took my skill to a much higher level . The main thing I feel is I wouldn't have managed to create such flowers in years on my own . Such a time saver ! The ironic part I didn't touch my collection of peony cutters 🤭 only just the basic teardrop .

Learn More for Less

Bundle the 3 Rose Courses and save today! The Classic Rose, The David Austin Rose and The Hellebore.

By the end of this course you will have...

  • Mastered creating lightweight centres for bigger and more beautiful flowers without wiring individual petals

  • Gained knowledge in colour theory so that you can create two cohesive gumpaste colours for a single flower and save time and product when dusting

  • Learned how to make beautifully dense petals in the centre and looser more open par-dried petals for the outside of the David Austin Rose

  • Mixed and layered multiple dusts and created subtle colour gradients for a more realistic finish

  • Taken the essence of the flower and translated it into your own artistic vision. You don’t need to imitate flowers, just let your artistic side come out and allow you to create freely

The David Austin Rose Curriculum

Take a peek under the hood...

    1. Welcome!

    1. Chapter 1- Overview

    2. Classic Gumpaste Recipe Video & Download (from YouTube)

    3. Creating your Centres

    4. Colouring Your Gumpaste

    1. Chapter 2- Overview

    2. Cutting Inner Petals

    3. Shaping Inner Petals

    1. Chapter 3- Overview

    2. Shaping Mid Petals

    3. Attaching Mid Petals

    4. Shaping Outer Petals

    5. Attaching Outer Petals

    1. Chapter 4- Overview

    2. Dusting your Daivd Austin Rose

    3. Adding a Calyx

    4. Repairing Petals

    1. Congratulations and Thank You!

About this course

  • $147.00
  • 29 lessons
  • 4.5 hours of video content


The David Austin Rose

Ever wonder how cake decorators achieve these giant fluffy flowers without weighing down their entire cakes? How do they shape those tightly packed petals in the centre and have those delicate petals on the outside? This course will show you everything you need to know about creating The David Austin Rose.

You’ll learn how to make a lightweight base so your flower can be securely attached to your cake without the fear of it tearing your fondant or gouging a big hole in your buttercream.

Learn how to use basic tools and have the option of using or forgoing a silicone veiner altogether. 

Your colour theory knowledge will be taken to the next level when we create two warm antique hues- one for the centre and one for the outer petals- to streamline the flower process and save loads of time dusting.

Finally, you’re going to dust your flowers to bring out all of the highlights, shadows, and imperfections and it will bring the whole thing to reality while injecting your own artistry and creativity into it.

Is The David Austin Rose right for you?

If you're looking for new techniques that took years to develop but that you can learn in hours to create your most impressive flowers to date...

Highlights Include:

  • Learning how to create a lightweight base for your large flowers to avoid tearing or gouging your cake

  • Using simple tools to achieve complex textures (I give you options with and without veiners, your choice!)

  • Using multiple colours for your gumpaste petals and how to blend them in the dusting process so your flower looks cohesive and realistic

  • Bringing your flower to life without over-dusting and how to bring your own artistic vision to each David Austin Rose


  • How long will I have access to this course?

    If you pay in full (or complete all payments with the payment plan) you will have lifetime access to this course. You can access and download the modules any time after their release and you will also have lifetime access to the Facebook Group to ask any questions pertaining to this course as you continue on in your sugar flower journey.

  • I’m very new to flowers, I’ve only made a few. Can I take this course?

    YES! You can absolutely do this. I recommend starting small with the Majolica Rose Workshop so you can become comfortable with basic techniques. Once you’ve finished that you can hop right in and begin practicing centre petals, outer petals, and putting together your first flowers. Sugar flowers just take practice so if you’re willing and excited to put in the work I know you can do it.

  • When will I have access to the course? What if we’re in different time zones?

    This course is pre-recorded so you will get immediate access to the full course and you can watch at your own pace. I recommend watching it once through before starting then while you’re making your first few flowers you can play it as you go so it’s like we’re working alongside each other.

  • Will Alexandria be available to answer questions if I get stuck?

    I’m going to be here for you every step of the way. You can ask urgent quick questions in the Facebook Group to me and your fellow artists along with in the Discussions section of each module. All questions are saved in Discussions so it’s a great place to go and see if I’ve already answered your question.

Bonus material

These bonuses are included to help you apply the principles we cover to every flower you make and create stunning pieces of sugar art- confidently.

  • Private Facebook Group Access

    A community where you can share your work and ask fellow creators for feedback and support along the way. Ask Alexandria questions within the group to receive feedback or get un-stuck if you’ve hit a roadblock

  • Majolica Rose Live Workshop

    3 recorded classes from the Live Workshop event where we covered colour theory, creating centres, shaping petals with only a ball tool and toothpick, and dusting. Lifetime access so you can create these beautiful flowers anytime.

  • Arrangement Recipes

    Quantities and colours for each cake’s flower arrangement. An explanation of the arrangement shape on each cake so you can recreate it. My Arrangement Tips to create your best arrangements to date.

Plus You’ll be Backed by a No-Questions-Asked 14-Day Money Back Guarantee

The David Austin Rose course will give you the step-by-step Flower Formula to create this beautiful fundamental rose that will grow your creative confidence without the excessive tool list.

Not only that, you will go from feeling like a cake maker to feeling like a cake artist by the time you’ve finished and experience artistic confidence whenever you create sugar flowers knowing you can colour, shape, and finish your flowers without confusion or hesitation.

The Finespun Cakes Academy community is filled with supportive, helpful, and downright talented people willing to help everyone from the budding sugar flower artist to pros with years under their belt. When you join you will be part of this community of fellow sugar artists.

By the end of these 14 days, you’ll have received the entire The David Austin Rose course, Majolica Workshop, and Arrangement recipes and had a chance to join the Facebook Group. 

This means you’ll have the opportunity to see if my techniques will work for you and if you’ve gained value from the course BEFORE making your final commitment.

I’m so sure that you’ll find value in this course and confidence within yourself to create your best work yet that this is a no-questions-asked guarantee. Just reach out if you don’t think the remainder of the course will work for you and you’ll get your money back.

I cannot wait to personally guide you through The David Austin Rose…

If you dream of creating breathtaking sugar flowers and taking your artistry to the next level you should give The David Austin Rose a 14-day risk free shot.

Image by Brooke Schaal Photograhy

A note from Alexandria...

Creating sugar flowers is my career, my passion and my reason for waking up bright and early with excitement to get the day started.

Lots of people think “talent” brought me here but I can assure you it was perseverance, passion and hard work. And I know that if you love it half as much as I do and you’re willing to put in the hard work you can create anything you dream of.

If you’re a cake maker who dreams of becoming a cake artist and feel that you don’t currently have the tools to get there just know- you can learn it, you can do it, and I’m going to be there every step of the way cheering you on!

I’m inviting you to join me in The David Austin Rose to transform your work so you can find your own artistic voice, create with confidence and leave your friends, family, and clients in awe (sometimes tears!) of what you’ve created for them.

I look forward to guiding you through The David Austin Rose and I’ll see you inside.

All my best,


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