Easy 5-Petal Gumpaste Flower

I just discovered a very simple yet quite lovely gumpaste flower to do.  It’s perfect to fill the space between big flowers on a cake/cupcake.  Hope you enjoy these easy steps, and please don’t forget to share your work with me.

Equipment and Material for One Flower

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  • white gumpaste
  • 5-petal cutter
  • 10cm wire
  • ball tool
  • pointed ball tool
  • rolling pin
  • foam board

How-to

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1. Roll the white gumpaste to about 1-2 mm thickness, leaving a small stub of 5 mm in the middle.

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2. Cut the rolled gumpaste with the 5-petal cutter by positioning the stub in the middle.

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3. Gently roll the edge and the middle of each petal with the ball tool to form a slight curve.

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4. Bend one end of the wire into a small hook.

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5. Put the wire through the middle of the flower until the hook is inside the stub.

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6.  Use you fingers to roll the stub into cone shape along the wire.

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7. Use the pointed ball tool to make a small hole in the middle of the flower.

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8. Roll the white gumpaste into a tiny ball and put it in the hole.

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There you have a finished 5-petal flower.  Very easy and pretty lovely as well!

Hydrangea How-to

Just like how you arrange real flowers, you need some little flowers to fill in the gap.  I find Hydrangeas are very versatile as their range of colours and shape go along well with lots of bigger flowers.  Even better, they are pretty on their own, too.  

I love to prepare my Hydrangeas in a bunch of two or three so that the stem will help them not to be blinded by bigger, taller flowers like roses.  Enjoy!

1. Make a small round gum paste (about 3 mm. in diameter) in the colour you want.  In this case I chose light pink.  Cut wire no. 28 into about 10 cm. long.

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2. Dip the tip of the wire into egg white or edible glue and insert the wire into the centre of the gum paste ball.

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3. Use your forefinger and thumb to roll out the bottom of the ball down along the wire.  Try to make the bottom part as thin as possible.

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4. Use a cutter tool to mark a small cross on the top of the wired gum paste.

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5. Roll out the pink gum paste until about 1-2 mm thin.  Use a hydrangea cutter to cut out the shape and vein it by the hydrangea veining silicone.

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6. Use a small brush to paint the back of the stem with a little bit of egg white.  Then insert the wire into the centre of the veined hydrangea and bring the flower all the way to the stem.  Let dry upside down for at least 1 hour.  

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7. Use floral tape to secure a few flowers together to create ready-to-use bunch.

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7. Use edible green dust to add some life-like effect to the flowers.

 

 

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Coral Charm Peony How-to

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I just saw a similar gum paste peony from Pinterest and wanted to try making one myself. I came up with this easy how-to, which did not result in a very natural-looking flower but a satisfactory version, considering the time and effort. Hope you have fun making an edible flower, like I do.

Materials:

 

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Light green gum paste
Light coral gum paste or any color that you want for your petals
18 pieces of wire
Non-edible ready-made yellow stamen
Drop cookie cutter
Rolling pin
Rolling board
Foam board
Pliers
Ball tools
Roller cutter
Floral tape

Instructions:

1. Bend an end of a wire into a hook. Repeat with 3 wires in total.

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2. Make a droplet from green gum paste to cover the hook. Make a straight line on the droplet.

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3. Roll out the orange gum paste into a thin sheet and cut 15 petals.
4. Insert a wire into the center of each petal.

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5. Sharpen the edge of the petals with a big ball tool and create ruffles with a small ball tool. Let all parts dry at least 1 hour or overnight.

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6. Put together the 3 green stamen with floral tape, then put the yellow stamen on the outside.

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7. Adding the petals one by one, securing with floral tape, to create a natural looking peony.

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What’s your idea for the best ‘congrats’ gift?

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What would you buy/give to your best friend’s grand opening of her new restaurant/business?

The typical gift for Thai, or probably in other parts of the world as well, would be a lovely, big bouquet.  But won’t that be a little bit unoriginal?  No offense here, but I just wanted to give her something that was actually ‘from me’.  Something that she could just see and identify it with me.

Since I’m a cake decorator, I decided to go for the floral-themed cupcakes.  And, since I should give her some flowers anyway, so why not giving her the edible ones!  The only thing that makes it not such a good idea was that she was opening a dessert bar, and it might look a bit funny to get some dessert for a dessert bar.  Well, I’d been debating with myself for a long while and, as I really couldn’t come up with a better idea, I decided to go for it…with the excuse for myself that it’s not just a dessert, it’s well-decorated box of cupcakes!  Hmm..

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I was not sure how she felt about it, but she would be kind enough not to tell me how ridiculous the idea was if she really felt so.  Anyway, I did enjoy making these cupcakes a lot.  At least one of us were happy, right?

I would love to hear from you what would be your gift of choice in this kind of situation?  Perhaps I need to borrow your ideas for my next event!  😉

 

 

 

I’ve opened up a whole new side of my sweet world!

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I know it’s time to upgrade my sugar craft skills!

I’ve been practicing moulding and sculpting my fondant and gum paste from scratch and so far been happy satisfactory with my development, considering no formal lessons have been taken at all.  Yet, I know I should not stop here.  Lately, the skills have plateaued out a little bit.  I’ve been doing quite the same things, either cartoon characters or figurines, over and over and it has become less challenging and a bit less fun.

 

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One of my first gum paste figurines back in July 2013

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A work early this year

I know I can get by with these skills for my Cupcake Carousel shop.  Yet, I’m sure there must be some ways to get better at this.  To be more professional-like.  To be able to say, not only, “I can do it,” but instead, “I’m good at it.”  To bring back the feeling of excitement and pride again.

So, I began searching for ideas to take it to another level and found that delicate sugar flowers may be the answer!!  I saw exquisite work by professional cake decorators around the world and was soooo in awe of their skills, creativity, and sense of style.  Well, honestly, I don’t aim to be at that level, but I would certainly want to explore the path.

I then searched for available classes in my area (i.e. Bangkok, Thailand) and found one lovely teacher whose work looks as exquisite as what I found on those websites.  I contacted her and took a 2-day class to make (what she claimed to be) three of the most complicated gum paste flowers.  This may not sound like the right step to take going right at the top of the difficulty index but she assured me that her first time students made it before.  So, I psyched myself up for the class thinking, “I’ve been doing some children-friendly stuff before, right?  Why wouldn’t I be able to do it?

I know I’m not good at it yet but the only thing I’m sure of is I enjoyed every minute of the class.  It’s definitely what I love to do.  It definitely brings back the excitement and the pride again!  I’ve never known this terrain existed in my world.  But now that I’ve discovered it, I will spend much more time exploring this fun side of the world!

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Fringe Peony before colouring

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Persian Buttercups and an Orchid

 

If any of you are kind enough to share with me on what you think about my new found territory?  (I know it may be an old terrain for some of you!)  Is it worth continuing, judging from these pictures?