Watch your gumpaste flowers and Decorations come to life as you follow the step-by-step tutorials. Cake decorating flowers like, Orchids, Hydrangea, Fantasy Flowers, Daisies, Gerbera Daisies and Dogwood Flowers are included on this page.
Gumpaste dries faster and harder than fondant and is very easy to make. You can buy pre made if you don't want to bother with the homemade version, but this is a more economical way and is not difficult.
"Your gum paste recipe is great and economical. I had all of the ingredients in the house. Had it not been for your tutorial I would have gone out and bought premade gumpaste" ~Romana Romero~
Gumpaste Flowers by Tammy LaPenta
"Thank you for taking the time to answer my questions and for sharing your recipes!!
1 tablespoon of Gelatin
Less than 1/3 cup of water: (3/4 of 1/3 cup of water) 74 grams
Powdered sugar 4 cups lightly spooned into a cup: 454 grams:
Cornstarch 1/2 cup lightly spooned into a cup or 64 grams:
Cream of Tartar (Optional) A Pinch
Start with the water. If you are using cups it is less than 1/3 cup (about 3/4's of a 1/3 of a cup. If you are weighing it it is 74 grams or 2.5 ounces.
Put the water in a glass bowl or glass measuring cup and sprinkle 1 tablespoon of gelatin. Let it sit for 5 minutes. Next you want to take your gelatin and pop it in the microwave for a few seconds, just until it dissolves and becomes liquid again.
Next take your powdered sugar, cornstarch, and cream of tartar. Mix that lightly and make a well in the middle. Add the gelatin. Mix with a wooden spoon to blend it together. Take a little bit of shortening and put it on your hands. Grease in between your fingers and all over your hands. Now you finish off the mixing by hand. Until you get all the sugar incorporated. If it seems to dry add a few drops of water if it is too sticky add a little bit of powdered sugar.
Wash your hands before doing the last step to get any dry pieces off of your hand. you do not want to get that into the gumpaste. Next take a board or any clean surface that you can dust with powdered sugar. Continue to knead the mixture until it is smooth adding sugar if it is sticky or adding water if it is too dry. (just a couple of drops at a time. Just continue kneading for up to 5 minutes or until the pastillage is smooth like a piece of marble.
Test the finished gumpaste. It will not spread when you drop it Wrap it well in plastic wrap. and store it in an airtight container if you have one. Let it sit for about an hour and it will be ready to use. You can freeze it as well.
Gumpaste Flowers Kit and a Wilton Recipe
This is also a great recipe to use for your gumpaste creations
1 Tablespoon Wilton Gum -Tex
4 Cups sifted confectioner's sugar
1 Heaping Tablespoon Wilton Glucose
4 Tablespoons warm water
Mix Gum-tex into 3 cups of confectioner's sugar. Make a well in the center. In a separate glass measuring cup blend the water and glucose. Heat in the microwave on high for about 30 seconds until clear.
Pour into well and mix until blended. (The mixture will be very soft) Place the mixture on a plastic bag and seal. Let the mixture rest overnight or at least 8 hours.
Knead the rest of the sugar into the gum paste when your ready to use it. To make it easier cut it into 2 or 3 pieces, then knead in the remaining sugar.
The paste will soften and turn white as you work it. Add a little bit of vegetable shortening when you knead to keep the gumpaste pliable.
Watch My Gumpaste Flowers Videos
Serenity Blue Fantasy Flower
In this video I show you how I made this beautiful blue fantasy flower for a styled photo shoot. (but in pink for my granddaughters 4th birthday)
These big bold gumpaste flowers adorned a small wedding cake. The bride and groom married in Cozumel on a ship. They asked for two cakes. One to represent the tropics and the other to represent the ship. You can see them both here on the gallery page
Color Dust: Periwinkle Blue, Juniper Green (I used Lime green in the video)
Pearl Dust: White
Small Paint Brush
The Flower Making Kit (click on the link at the top of the page to order your kit)
26 gauge florist wire and green floral tape
Leaf Impression Mat
Purple and pink shaping foam pads
9 inch rolling pin
Wave Flower Former
Gumpaste (I use Satin Ice or make my own)
Gum Glue Adhesive (1/4 teaspoon of gumpaste dissolved in 1 Tablespoon of water)
See How The Gumpaste Dogwood Flower is made...It's easy!
It does take patience, but you can make these beautiful flowers with ease. You will need the KIT which is available through Amazon
The Daisy gumpaste flowers are one of the simplest to make. All you need are a few tools which you can get in the Wilton flower making kit above. See the tip in the video for making your own gum glue adhesive and handmade flower forming cups.
Keep It Real Simple
If you would rather keep it really simple purchase Gumpaste mix or buy it already made for your convenience. I prefer Satin Ice brand.
Make More Gumpaste Flowers Gerbera Daisies
A pictorial of gumpaste flowers step-by-step for you to follow
You can purchase some of the tools needed individually or get The Wilton Gum Paste Flower Cutter Set. (LINK at the bottom of the page) It has everything for cutting 12 different flowers and comes with a step-by-step book. You will want to buy a few extra accessories to make your gum paste flower making easier, especially if you plan on making a lot of them.
You will need a large daisy cutter, small daisy cutter, a ball tool, veining tool, a flower impression mat, shaping foam and colored gum paste.
Cut two large daisies.
Roll out the gumpaste to 1/16 of an inch on a surface dusted with powdered sugar.
Use your veining tool to gently push the petals out of the cutter.
Two large and one small daisy.
Use the veining tool to make a line down the center of each petal. Do this with all of the daisies.
Use a flower forming cup, or make one, like I did, out of some paper cupcake holders, or use something that has the desired shape. (I plan on purchasing the plastic ones soon.)
Here is one of the gumpaste flowers with all of the layers glued together.
Use the ball tool and the shaping foam mat to widen the petals slightly.
Make glue by dissolving a small amount of gumpaste with a teaspoon of water. Glue the second large daisy onto the first large daisy.
Take a small ball of the gumpaste and push it into the impression mat. Medium center flower. Gently pull it out and glue it to the daisy.
Here are all three of the gumpaste flowers for the Mexican Theme cake.
You can purchase all of your cake decorating supplies or gumpaste flowers and more at Candyland Crafts
Flower Forming Cups-optional
Fondant and Gumpaste Roller
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