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!

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Halloween Sugar Cookies How-to Series: Part III

Here’s the final part of my Halloween Sugar Cookies How-to Series, which is showing you the easy steps to decorate the Skeleton Cookies.  Now you can fully enjoy your Trick or Treat with 5 cookie designs.  Those of you who missed the first two parts, please find the links below.

Halloween Sugar Cookies How-to Series: Part I

Halloween Sugar Cookies How-to Series: Part II

Wish you all a very spooky fun Halloween tomorrow.

HAPPY HALLOWEEN!

N.B. For this cookie decoration, you’ll need the royal icing only in black and white colors.

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Halloween Sugar Cookies How-to Series: Part II

Now let’s continue our Halloween prep with two more cookie decorations.  For those of you who missed my previous post or Part I of this series, please check it out here.

N.B. For the two decorations this time, you’ll need the royal icing in white, green, red, and black colors.

Ghost Cookies

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Eyeball Cookies

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Stay tuned for the final part of this series for the complete Halloween cookie set.  Cheers!

Halloween Sugar Cookie How-to Series: Part I

Halloween is coming near.  Are you ready to Trick or Treat?  Let’s get ready by baking and decorating our own Halloween cookies.  This year I have come up with 5 decorations with their simplified steps divided into 3 parts in this Halloween Sugar Cookie How-to Series.  So, please stay tuned for Part II & III for the complete set soon.

Enjoy!

N.B. For Spider Web and Pumpkin cookies, you’ll need the royal icing in orange, black, and green colors.

Spider Web Cookies

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Pumpkin Cookies

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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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Sweetness for Our Guys

Among my most ordered sugar decorations are cartoon characters, figurines, and girly stuffs, e.g. handbags, accessories, makeup, etc.  Once in a while, a customer would order some male things for her boyfriend.  I find these items a little more difficult as I’m not really family with its appearance and structure.  Yet, it’s fun to make and quite cute in its miniature form.  Here are a few items I’ve done before.  Enjoy!

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Gum Paste Figurine Moulds…Threat or Opportunity?

In decorating my cakes, I’ve gotten quite a lot of compliments on the gum paste figurines that I made.  Customers usually sent back kind words about how they love the decoration.  Some even sent me the photos of their celebration, with my cake and all the people smiling around it.  That just totally made me feel so proud and energised.  It’s the reason I want to get better…to keep improving.  I would feel doubly elated when the compliments came from those who really knew first hand how difficult it actually was to master the skills.  It requires some knowledge about the materials and tools, and it takes a LOT of practice.  Even though I’ve done it for years, I’m still farrrrrr from perfecting it.  I’m always inspired by other cake decorators’ work and try to use what I saw in their work to improve mine.

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Lately I felt a bit threatened when I saw that now there were figurine moulds available in the market for sugar work!  I was literally stunned for one minute with all negative thoughts popping up in my head.  I was worried that now everyone would be able to do the figurines, and mine wouldn’t be appreciated anymore.  The skills that I’ve acquired, the long hours I spent in learning and creating what I can today would just go to waste.  Anyone can make the figurines.  It’ll become just a standard decoration from now on.  Boo…hoo…

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Fortunately, I’ve gained all my senses back one minute later.  Hang on!  Is it really a threat with such moulds available in the market?  Well, it would certainly make it much easier for other cake decorators to make human figurines.  Will they be able to vary its appearance?  Yes, some skilled decorators will and some won’t.  And what’s so bad about it?  It’s not like all cake decorators would jump at the mould and start making all the same style of figurines for their customers, would they?  There are so many other factors involved here.  Let’s not dwell on the negative points then!

On the positive side, from now on I can make the figurines in much less time than before.  Instead of sculpting each body part from scratch and taking hours to make one finished figurine, now I can make the basic structure in less than 10 minutes then spend the extra time on customising it according to what customers want.  Now my figurines would be able to wear more elaborated clothes and accessories.  I’ll have more time to play with the details.  I’ll even have more time to accept more orders!

Coming to this, I then press the order button for the moulds!  Haha…

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So, what’s the take away from this story?

An opportunity can be disguised as a threat.  Just don’t panic.  Look at it carefully and see how you can turn it around in your favour.  I’m sure some threats will still be threats even after you look at them from all angles.  The fact that you have taken a good look at those threats already prepare you on how to handle them!  So, in conclusion, just make positivity out of all threats!  Cheers!!

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P.S. I haven’t tried the mould.  Will do some review once I try it.  😀