Gorgeous Gum Paste Flowers

Watch your gumpaste flowers and cakes come to life as you follow the step-by-step tutorials that I've included on this page. Start with the homemade gumpaste recipe.

gumpaste orchid

Gumpaste Recipe 

Gumpaste dries faster and harder than fondant and is very easy to make. You can buy pre made gumpaste if you don't want to make your own. It dries quickly and very hard. Store it in an airtight container well wrapped. 

"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".

~Laura Clavera~


  • 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 
  • Method

    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. Next take a board or any clean surface that you can dust with powdered sugar. Continue to knead the mixture until it is smooth. Add sugar if it's sticky. Add water if it's too dry, a couple of drops at a time. 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.

    Gumpaste Stephanotis aka Jasmine

    The Jasmine flower is gorgeous as a filler in a bouquet or trailing down the sides of the cake. The Orchid flower is shown in the background. The white creamy Orchids are silk fillers. The cake is wrapped in fondant. Link to the Wrapping Tutorial.

    Jasmine Flower Tutorial 

    These are not hard to make at all if you have the right tools. You can get the fondant tools at my Amazon shop where I've listed them for you. 

    Gumpaste Daisy

    So cute and so easy. the daisy flowers make adorable decorations on cupcakes or use as fillers in a bouquet. You can attach them to wires easily. I show you how in the video. 

    Gumpaste Orchid

    The Orchid takes some time but it's worth every minute. You really only need one of these beauties on top of a cake to really make it stand out. Combine them with Stephanotis / Jasmine flowers for a tropical look. 

    Tools and Ingredients 

    • Icing Color: Leaf Green and Buttercup Yellow (Combine these two colors to make pale green shades)
    • Color Dust: Lime Green, Pink, Goldenrod
    • Small Paint Brush
    • The Flower Making Kit - (above)
    • 26 gauge florist wire and green floral tape (craft shops)
    • Leaf Impression Mat
    • Purple and pink shaping foam pads
    • 9 inch rolling pin
    • Wave Flower Former
    • Gumpaste. (I use Satin Ice for convenience or make my own)
    • Red Food Writer Marker
    • Gum Glue Adhesive (1/4 teaspoon of gumpaste dissolved in 1 Tablespoon of water)


    The Hydrangea is made up of many small blossoms all tied together to make one gorgeous flower.

    Tools and Ingredients 

    • Icing Color:  Delphinium Blue, Moss Green
    • 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)
    • Drying Rack
    • Gum Glue Adhesive (1/4 teaspoon of gumpaste dissolved in 1 Tablespoon of water)


    See How The Gumpaste Dogwood Flower is made. This video shows the entire cake being put together after the tutorial part. You can make these beautiful flowers with ease if you have the right tools. In my Amazon Shop you can find my recommended tools listed along with reviews. 

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