Tuesday, June 24, 2008

How to Make Gum Paste/Fondant Flowers (Daisies)

Here is a step by step guide on how to make gum paste/fondant flowers for cake decorating. I learned how to do this a couple of months ago, and I was intimidated before I went, but it is quite simple and so I wanted to share.

First, roll out your fondant mat, grease it with Crisco, and grease your hands as well. Get equal amounts of gum paste and fondant, make them both smooth, by mixing in a little Crisco. Also make sure to remove any hard parts, because they will make lumps when you try to roll it out. Combine the fondant and gum paste until it is one uniform mass.
Remember as you go to reapply Crisco to whatever needs it. This mixture (gumpaste/fondant) is very sticky and delicate, and the Crisco helps it not to stick or tear. Grease your small fondant rolling pin and roll out the gumpaste/fondant as thin as you can, also as evenly as you can. You should be able to see the lines of your mat clearly when it is thin enough.
Using your fondant cutter, cut out as many flowers as you can. Make sure you press down firmly, so that the cutter cuts all the way through.
Carefully transfer your flowers to a space where you can keep them covered as you work, so they don't dry out. (The Wilton practice board is perfect for this job.)
Dust your fondant pad (with your dusting bag-filled with 1 Tbls cornstarch and 1 Tbls powdered sugar). Get out your veining tool and working with one flower at a time,


Gently and slowly pull down the petals to curve them and lengthen them. Be careful, if you do this too fast or hard, you can break the petals.
Ahead of time, make your gum glue. 1/4 tsp gumpaste dissolved in 1 Tbls or so of water. Break the gumpaste into little pieces and let it dissolve.
When you are finished with the petals, and have completed 2 flowers, dab the middle of one flower with gum glue
And press another completed flower on top, alternating the petals, in between one another, so it looks like this.


For the center, make a small ball of your gumpaste/fondant mixture and roll it in yellow luster dust. Be careful to wipe your fingers, because this dust gets everywhere!
Dab some gum glue on the center of your flower and put the ball on top. Press down the ball to flatten, and carefully transfer to a small flower former.
Continue with other cut-out flowers until you have enough for whatever you are making. Remember also to keep all gumpaste and fondant that you are not working with cover tightly, so it does not dry out.
When you are finished making all your flowers, place the flower formers on a cookie sheet and place the cookie sheet in a cool, very dry place where the flowers can dry for 2-3 days before you need to use them.





33 comments:

Audrey said...

Amazing! So cool to see how you make the flowers! You make it look so easy! I am sure my flowers would turn out looking like white and yellow blobs

Claudia said...

What a great photo instruction for making gum paste flowers. I was always afraid of making them. I should give it a try now. Thank you!

Shari said...

What a TON of work! Great tutorial. Amazing!
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chelley325 said...

Great post! I love the luster dust rolled balls for the middle!

Donna said...

These flowers are amazing! So colorful and lifelike. Simply Gorgeous!

Heather said...

This is excellent - I was surfing around for gum paste flower making and came across your article. Thanks for sharing.

Tiffiny Felix said...

Super cute flowers :) Why do you mix the fondant and gumpaste together? Do it make the "dough" easier to work with? Thanks!

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Really Pretty. Have just put one on a gift wrapped in Pale pink Gum. I made the flower in cerise to match the cushion inside. I used Italy silk hand made paper. Thank you.

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mandela said...

Because i am a good fan of food i must say this is kinda hard way for making gum paste.but i will try to make some.Its seems delicious.lmao.
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Anonymous said...

Your daisies are gorgeous & the instructions could not be made any easier. I'm definitly going to try to make them. Thank you

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WOW! these are so cool. i love how you make it look so easy but i know my flowers would turn out like plants.

Kathleen Richardson said...

Cruising the Internet this morning looking for cupcake decorations for a hippie luncheon at our Senior Center - thinking peace signs and flowers. That's when I came across your directions. You made it so easy and I did 20 small daisies in just under an hour (that includes time for finding supplies and setting up). Didn't have the "dust" so simply colored some of the fondant/gum paste mixture yellow. Thanks.

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MJ said...

Thanks for this clear and concise tutorial! Even having taken the classes, I was hesitant to try, but you've encouraged me! :)

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Thank you! You just saved me from going to a baking store just to get flowers... now I can make my own :-)

Toni said...

Cute flowers! Why do you mix the fondant and gumpaste together?

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