Cake Decorating: Gum Paste & Fondant

Last week, my friend Megan and I began the third course of the Wilton Cake Decorating classes.  In this course, you learn how to make different flowers with gum paste, how to cover a cake in fondant, etc.  I’m doing my best to document the class in pictures, but there are only 3 of us in the class and we’re trying to cover as much material as possible, so it’s not always easy to capture things.

In our first class (which didn’t get it’s own post because I don’t have any pictures from class) we learned how to make a bow out of a 50/50 gum paste/fondant mixture.  We also worked on using gum paste to make bases for the rose, the carnation, and the mum that we would complete in later classes.

Our second class was last night and it was a lot of fun!  The first flower we worked on was a Calla Lily.  The main part of this flower is made by rolling out the gum paste, using a heart-shaped cutter to cut a piece out, and then wrapping the gum paste heart around a cone.  You then take some yellow gum paste and roll it out to make your center piece.  We also put yellow sugar sprinkles on ours to make them a bit prettier. 

We also worked on our carnations in this class.  We first cut 6 circles and used one of our tools to ruffle the edges.  Then we used the base that we made in class last week and basically built the carnation on top of it.


What it looks like after the first three circles are added to the base.

This is the completed carnation using six circle layers.

Finally, we made roses out of gum paste.  You start with a teardrop shaped base for this and then build around it.  For this flower, I did manage to capture most of the steps (because there are so many!) so I have put all the pictures I took here below with the captions explaining what we did.

First you roll out your gum paste to less than 1/16" thickness. In other words, it should be so thin that you can see the lines and numbers of your mat coming through.

Next, you use the large flower cutter and cut three flowers from the gum paste.

Before working with each flower, you need to cut a small slit between each petal. This will allow you more flexibility when wrapping the petals as you build your rose.

You then move your flower to a piece of thin foam and use your ball tool to soften the edges of each petal.

Once the petal edges are softened, place the flower onto thick foam. You then use your ball tool to cup the petals. This is done differently on each of the three flowers in order to give the rose a more realistic look.

After prepping the first flower, wrap it around the base that you had previously prepared. When all five petals are placed around the base, you have a rosebud. You can stop here, or continue on to make a medium rose.

After wrapping the second prepared flower, you have a medium rose.

Upon using the third and final prepared flower, you have a full-sized rose.

These are the two large roses that I made in class.

That was it for this week’s class!  Next week we are making daisies and a ‘mum’ that looks more like an artichoke!

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