Sugared or gum paste flowers can add a touch of beauty and sophistication to any wedding cake. Although sugared flowers look difficult to craft, you don't have to be a pastry chef to create them. Gum paste is similar to rolled fondant and you can either purchase it or make it yourself. Making your own gum paste is as easy as mixing Gum-Tex, water, lemon juice, corn syrup and sugar. The outcome is realistic flowers that are not only beautiful but edible.
Things You'll Need
- 1 tbs. Gum-Tex
- 1 tbs. corn syrup
- 3 tbs. warm water
- 1 tbs. lemon juice
- 1lb powdered sugar (sifted)
- Corn starch
- Food coloring
- Royal icing
- Icing paint brush
- Dusting powder
- Flower-shaped cutters
Mix water and corn syrup in a small bowl. Add Gum-Tex and lemon juice and mix thoroughly. Add powdered sugar slowly until you can work the mixture with your hands. Knead the dough, adding sugar as needed, until the mixture is pliable. Divide the dough into small balls and cover in plastic wrap and place in an airtight container until needed. You can store the gum paste for up to two months.
Roll the gum paste out. Use gum paste cutters to shape the flowers. Cutters come in all different flower shapes and sizes. Metal and plastic cutters are available, although metal cutters can rust after washing if not properly dried.
Once you've shaped the flowers, use a veining tool to add all the intricate and realistic details to the flowers. You may need to dust the veining tools with corn starch so not to stick to the gum paste mixture.
Color the flowers. You can add food coloring to the gum paste mixture prior to rolling it out, or use royal icing to color in the flowers. You can also brush on dusting powder to add luster and shine.
Position your sugared flowers where you want them to go on the cake. You can attach them in place by brushing a little royal icing on the bottom of each to cement the flower to the cake.
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