Sunday, May 27, 2012

Making Gumpaste Daisies

Daisies are my favorite flowers to make for cakes.... either classic white and yellow ones or fun ones in all sorts of colors.  They are so simple and I find the technique to be so soothing.  Let me show you how I do it!

You will need:
gumpaste in your desired color
egg white or water
a rolling pin
an xacto knife
a toothpick
a piece of window screen

First, roll a piece of gumpaste very thin then cut out a daisy shape with your cutter.

Use the xacto knife to make the division between each petal a bit longer and to slice each petal in half.

Place the toothpick along one section of the petal and roll it back and forth to get a ruffled look.  Repeat for each section of each petal.  The key is to use a lot of pressure but keep the movement small so you don't go over the cut lines.

Next, make a small ball a little smaller than the center of your flower.

Press the ball on to a piece of window screen.

Peel the ball of the window screen.

And use the egg white or water to adhere the ball to the middle of the flower.

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