Introduction: Gumpaste and Fondant Flower
Have you ever made a cake and thought, "This looks so boring, I wish I could add something", well now you can. Turn a boring cake into a work of art! Okay, I might have exaggerated a bit... but your cake will look better. I have learned to make these from taking cake classes and trying to replicate what I have seen on cake shows.
I will show you how to make a cute little flower to add almost any cake. I will be explain how to make a two and three petal flower.
Things you need:
Gum-paste (buy at most craft places or wherever cake decorating supplies are sold)
Fondant (this adds color to gum-paste, if you want white flowers you don't need this)
a ball tool (buy it at most craft-store or where cake supplies are sold)
gum-paste glue (just add a small ball of gum-paste to a small amount of water, just enough water to cover the gum-paste)
wire (food safe, floral wire is good0
something that can cut a 1inch circle
something that can cut a 1.5 inch circle
There are tools for cutting petals if you wish to buy those instead, but I consider those cheating and try not to use them. If you want them you can usually buy them at craft store, the cutters you need for this flower is the sweet-pea cutter.
Please don't eat these flowers, gumpaste turns very hard and can hurt you if you eat it.
Step 1: Starting the Flower
First things first, add a small pinch of colored fondant to you gum-paste to add color. (Color will be light, so neon gum-paste is suggested for bold colors).
Next, take a small pinch of your gum-paste and roll it into a slightly oval shape. This is the body of you flower, you will be building around this.
Now you need to make a small hook at the end of you wire and add some gum-paste glue (not too much or this next part won't work).
Take your flower body and shove the hook half way though. Let sit for a few minutes to harden.
Step 2: Making Petals
This part is tricky but don't give up.
Roll out your fondant to about 1/8 inch in thickness and cut out one 1 inch circle and one (two if you want to make it look different) 1.5 inch circle.
Ruffle the edges of both of these circles using your ball tool. (To ruffle apply even pressure to the ball tool as you roll it over the edges of your flower. Leave an unruffled are so you can attach the petals). This can take a few tries but you will get the hang of it.
Step 3: Attach the Petals and Finish
On the 1 inch petal find the area you didn't ruffle and apply a thin layer of gum-paste glue and gently attach the petal to the bottom of the flower body. Make sure it stays in place! At the top of this petal add another drop of gum-paste glue and fold the petal until the tips of the top are touching.
The next petal will be attached in a similar way except you will be attaching it to the bottom of the other petal, instead of the body. Try to have the back of the first petal touching the middle of the second petals center. You can end here or add another petal.
Attach the last petal to the bottom of the previous petal and curl back some. This adds more depth to the flower and looks great.
In my simple diagram you can see where to put the gum-paste glue.
Now let them dry overnight and you will be ready to add them to your cake.