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Gum Paste Cornflower, Daisy and Moonflower

Make a whole bouquet of flowers from gum paste. It's easy to do. You will end up with bisque floral decoration for cupcakes, layer or sheet cakes. After one gala I washed the icing off the bottom of the flowers, dried them and stored them for the next party. Although gum paste is a sugar-based food product, you don't really want to eat them as they are tasteless and hard.

Materials
gum paste (Wilton - available at Michael's)
food coloring
crisco
water

Tools
small rolling pin or brayer
sieve
paint brush


Take a piece of gum paste, add food coloring. Less is more so use a toothpick to apply the coloring, adding more to intensify the color as you go. Add a bit crisco and knead until smooth and elastic. Pinch off a pea-sized piece of paste and roll it into a snake. Roll it flat with a rolling pin or brayer.

Dip a sharp knife in a bit of crisco and cut 1/16" slits down the length of the ribbon.

Spiral the ribbon and allow the slices to fall away. Your cornflower should look like this.

Next make these daisies by kneading gum paste with crisco. No need for coloring. Pinch off four BB-sized balls and form into nickel-sized rounds. Pleat on side and attach all four petals by painting the pleats with water and pressing the joints with the end of a paint brush.


Roll a small piece of yellow gum paste and press it lightly on a sieve.

Paint the center of the white petals with a bit of water and lightly press the yellow circle to attach.
Your daisies should look like this.

For the moonflower repeat the above instructions but this time add a tiny bit of red food coloring. Take a pea-sized piece of paste and pinch and stretch until it is quarter sized. Coat your fingers with crisco to prevent the paste from sticking. Uneven edges are a plus. Roll a small ball of yellow.

Paint the center of the pink circle with water and place the yellow ball. Fold up the circle, then let it fall open a bit.

Roll green snakes and spiral them around a wooden skewer to form tendrils.

Allow your flowers to dry on a cookie rack. These flowers can be made days, weeks, maybe even years in advance and kept in a sealed container. Humidity may soften the flowers so keep them in a dry place.

12 comments:

Maki said...

This is a great idea!
Can't wait to give it a try!
Thanks for sharing.
maki

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