Tonight's post is the state flower of Arizona, the saguaro cactus blossom. This is an especially interesting flower; it's night-blooming, and is primarily pollinated by bats. Now, before you write to me to tell me how inaccurate my version of this flower is, let me explain that I'm on a road trip and managed to forget quite a few of my tips back home (I can just see where I left them lying out to dry). I'm going to try making this flower again as soon as time allows. To show your love for Arizona by piping saguaro cactus blossoms, you'll need stiff consistency icing in white and light yellow (I only used white, but in some photos this flower appears all white so I guess that's OK), a glue stick, parchment paper squares, a flower nail, a Styrofoam block to rest the nail in, round tip #12, tip #2 (I had to settle for #3, which is rather clunky), leaf tip #352, and a dusting pouch filled with a 50/50 mix of powdered sugar and cornstarch. Start by sticking a parchment square to the flower nail with a dab from the glue stick.
this cactus I piped earlier this summer.