How to Make Gum Paste Flowers

Three Methods:RoseCalla LilyDaisy

Turn your cakes, cookies and cupcakes into magnificent artistic creations by using gum paste to decorate them. An alternative decorating method to traditional icing, gum paste creates rather realistic decorative pieces that are not as fragile as those made with royal icing or even fondant. You might feel like a child playing with Play-Doh with all the rolling, shaping and molding, but the results can be wonderful. Instead, think of yourself as a sculptor, as you make the gum paste flowers and decorations, magically creating an edible masterpiece.

Method 1
Rose

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    Make flower centers in advance. These are often called cones. You will need to make one for each rose you want to make. Fashion the cone with a point at the top and a rounded base. Make them a little smaller than the petal size. Insert a toothpick into the base and stand them up in your Styrofoam block.
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    Roll out the gum paste. You will want this to be rather thin.
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    Cut out several gum paste rose petals. Place all but one in a Ziploc bag or airtight container to keep it from drying out.
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    Thin the edges of the petal by pushing on them with your ball tool. This creates a frilly edge.
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    Brush Tylo glue on the cone you will be using.
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    Fashion the rose bud. Wrap your petal around the cone. This first petal will cover or cross over the tip of the cone base, overlapping itself.
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    Open the rose bud by adding glue to your rose bud. Take 2 rose petals you have already prepared from the container or baggie and position them around the cone so they hug the bud and overlap each other on the sides. Maneuver the petal tops with gentle bending and manipulating from your fingers. Allow the flower to dry before proceeding.
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    Create an open rose by adding more petals. Apply Tylo glue to the petals and attach them to the bud, overlapping each new petal you add with the one previously attached. Bend and manipulate the petal tops as desired. For a more full rose, add more petals, allowing the flower to dry between each new layer.

Method 2
Calla Lily

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    Form the center of the lily by rolling some colored gum paste between your palms. This will create a log. You will want it to be about 3/4 your petal length. Insert a toothpick or wire into the end. Allow the centers to dry.
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    Dust your work area with cornstarch to keep the gum paste from sticking.
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    Cut petals using a calla cutter. A heart shaped cutter can also be used.
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    Thin the edges of your petal with the ball tool or your fingers.
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    Shape the petal. Wrap the petal around your pointer finger, point side out. Bend and curl the edges.
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    Dry the flower for 30 minutes over a paper cone.
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    Glue the center into the petal. Place a little Tylo glue to the bottom of the center and insert it into the petal. Allow the flower to dry.

Method 3
Daisy

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    Cut the daisy petals with a cutter after you prepare your work surface with cornstarch and roll the gum paste very thinly onto it.
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    Use a small circle cutter or a large circle icing tip to cut the centers out of yellow-colored gum paste.
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    Place a dot of water or Tylo glue on the back of each center and position it in the middle of a flower.

Things You'll Need

  • gum paste
  • gel colors
  • corn starch
  • ball tool
  • small rolling pin
  • flower formers or tablespoons
  • leaf, petal and cutters
  • Styrofoam block
  • toothpicks or wire
  • Tylo glue
  • small brush
  • paper cone

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Categories: Frosting Icing and Fondant