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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Jasmine for Mom How-to

Thailand’s Mother’s Day falls on the twelfth day of August in every year as it is the birthday of Her Majesty the Queen, whom Thai people respect as our own mother.  Here we use blue colour and jasmine flower to represent this auspicious and lovely occasion.  

Blue colour is the colour of Friday, which is HM the Queen’s birthday, while jasmine has very sweet and lovely fragrance and its white colour signifies purity.  Therefore, it represents the never-ending, true, sweet love that mother always has for us.

Of course, just buying jasmines from the market won’t be special enough for my mom.  So, I decided to make them from gum paste for her.  If you’re to follow this how-to, I strongly advise you to add a little bit of jasmine extract to your gum paste.  That way you’ll have something very close to jasmine but even sweeter for your most beloved woman on earth.  

Follow this easy how-to to create your sweet flower.  

1. Roll out jasmine-scented white gum paste into a very thin sheet.  Then use the 5-petal flower cutter to cut out 2 pieces of flowers for each jasmine you would like to make.

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2. Smooth out the edge of each petal with a ball tool.

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3. Drag the ball tool from the edge of the petal inside toward the center to curl up the petal.  Repeat with all petals.

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4.  Glue two flowers together with water, egg white, or edible glue.  

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5. Put a small piece of green gum paste at the center of the flower.   photo 2-2

6. Press down at the green center with a small ball tool to make a shallow hole.

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7.  Shape the back of the flower to make it look natural. 

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8.  Leave the flower to dry in shape for at least 1 hour.

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Here’s the pictures of my finished cupcakes.  They are also available for advanced order.  Just allow me 2 days and you’ll have something special, sweet, and yummy for your mom.  Cheers!

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Gum Paste Frangipani How-to

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I know I’m nowhere near being an expert in gum paste flowers.  This is not to teach you but to share with you how I made the gum paste frangipani today.

Frangipani is one of my favourite flowers, with its minimal form and light fragrant.  I just love the way it gives such an elegant yet humble and feminine feeling.

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1. Cut the rolled-out gum paste into 5 drop-shaped petals.

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2. Sharpen the edge of each petal.  Give some texture to it and use a toothpick to roll up the left edge.

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3. Put the petals together into a fan shape.

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4. Round up the 5 petals into a cone shape, overlapping the first and the last petals.  Close up the bottom part and cut out the excess gum paste.

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5. Adjust the flowers into desired form then let dry.

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6. Colour the dried flower with yellow and plum dust.  Done!!

Easy, isn’t it?

Making the frangipani was just a lovely way to spend my afternoon.  It’s just easy and relaxing enough, and you can’t be too wrong with the end result!

I’d really love to hear about your favourite flowers and, if you are crafters (not necessarily cake decorators), what kind of flowers do you like to make the most?