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How To Make Gum Paste Flowers?

Gum paste flowers are exquisite pieces that bring glamor and elegance to any cake, cupcake, or dessert. Made from the pliable sugar-based dough, these delicate gum paste flowers are a testament to the artistry and creativity of sugar crafters.

There are a few key steps involved in making gum paste flowers. First, you'll need to have the necessary bakery tools and materials ready, such as gum paste, rolling pin, flower cutters, ball tools, etc. Next, you'll shape the gum paste into petals and other floral elements using techniques such as rolling, cutting, and shaping. Afterward, you'll tape the petals together to create the desired shape and structure. Finally, you can enhance the beauty of the flowers by sprinkling them with edible dust to make them look realistic and vibrant if needed.


Then below we will introduce step by step to show you how to make gum paste flower. Here take the rose as an example:


Step 1: Prepare Your Gum Paste and Tools

- Knead the gum paste first to make it pliable and remove air bubbles.

- Coloring the gum paste to the color you like with food coloring.

- Arrange your work area with all necessary tools including the rolling pin, foam pad, flower cutter, ball tool, brushes, flower holder, and water or edible glue.


Step 2: Making the Center

- Roll out a small amount of gum paste and shape it into a ball or cone to form the center of the flower.

Step 3: Roll Out the Gum Paste

- Dust the work surface lightly with cornstarch or powdered sugar to prevent sticking.

-Use a rolling pin to roll out a small portion of gum paste to an even thickness. Aim for a thickness of approximately 1/16 to 1/8 inch.


Step 4: Cut Out The Petals

-Choose your favorite flower cutter and press firmly into the rolled-out gum paste.

- Remove excess paste around the shape and lift the cutter slightly to release the petal shape.

- Repeat this process to cut out more petals as needed, making sure you have a consistent number of flowers per layer.

Step 5: Shaping The Petals

- Place the petals on the foam pad and use the small ball tool to thin and shape the edges. Work around the entire petal to create realistic curves.

- Repeat this process for all petals, shaping each petal slightly differently for added variety and a natural look.

Step 6: Assembly

- Brush the floral wire with water or edible glue, attach the floral wire to the back of the petal, and press the wire lightly onto the petal.

-Add more petals, one after the other, overlapping slightly, and attach them to the wire in the same way. Build layers to create the desired flower shape.

Step 7: Dry The Flowers

- Place the wired flowers on a planter or other drying stand so they can dry in their natural location.

- Let the gum paste flowers dry completely, this may take several hours or even overnight, depending on the size and thickness of the petals.

Here we prepare a video for you to view more details:


With their intricate details and life-like appearance, gum paste flowers offer plenty of creative opportunities. From cake toppers to dessert toppers and event decorations, these edible floral masterpieces are charming additions to any celebration. So whether you're a professional sugar artist or a baking enthusiast, explore the world of Gum Flowers and bring your artistic vision to life with these breathtaking creations.

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