I started off like most people, just making cakes at home and learning from youtube videos as much as I could. Although, the internet is a great resource, nothing teaches you faster than hands-on experience. Now that I have earned my certificate of pastry arts and am employed as a cake designer, I am dedicating this blog space to share with you cake decorating tips, tricks, recipes and tutorials of things I have learned over the years. Every now and then, I'll throw in some bread and pastry posts as well. I hope you will continue to follow me as I add to the blog all things pastry. Bon Appetit!
Today, I am excited to share my method for creating life-like, yet simple, gum paste roses! What you will need:
20 gauge floral wire
floral tape (my photos show pre-wrapped wire)
foam petal pad
medium ball tool
plastic cover (so your gum paste doesn't dry out)
small paint brush
sugar glue (I just use water)
tear-drop shaped cutters
gum paste (colored as desired)
fondant rolling pin
Pasta sheeter (optional)
luster dust (optional)
TIP: To achieve more life-like roses, I like to use a darker shade of gum paste for the center and first two layers of petals. The third and remaining rows of petals can be done in a lighter shade for a dramatic effect.
Rose Center: Cut a 3-4 inch length of floral wire. Wrap it with floral tape, making sure to keep the tape taut to activate the glue in the tape. Using pliers, create a small hook on one end of the wire. Take a small ball of gum paste and form one end into a cone shape. Dip the hooked end of the floral wire in water and gently press the cone onto the wire, pointed end up.
Stick the wire into the styrofoam block and let dry overnight. (Alternatively, you can buy plastic rose cones and hot glue them to the wire-faster, but more expensive).
Petals: Choose a cutter that is about twice the height of the length of your cone center.Dust your work surface with cornstarch and roll your gum paste to an even thickness until you can just see through it (I use a #3 setting on my KitchenAid pasta sheeter attachment). You will need 7 petals of this size to make a small rose bud. Cut your petals and keep them covered as you are working so they don't dry out (seran wrap can work here + a damp towel on top of the pastic works even better).
TIP: Rub your palm over the back of the petal cutter while the petal is still stuck inside to get a cleaner petal edge.
Using the petal pad and ball tool, ruffle the long edge of one petal by running the ball tool gently along the edge of the petal. The ball should be half on the petal and half on the pad. Use firm pressure, but be careful not to tear the gum paste. Using a small paintbrush, wet the center cone. Wrap the first petal around the cone horizontally. Allow to dry 10 minutes.
For the next layer of petals, you'll need three petals, but this time ruffle the rounded edge. Wet the seam of the petal on the cone and place your first petal, leaving one side detached from the cone. Add the second and third petal, making sure to tuck the last under the first, wetting as needed to make the petals stick where you want. Gently fold back the ruffled edges of the petals to open the flower up a bit. Wet the base of the cone and tuck the pointed excess parts of the petal into each other to form a nice rounded base bottom. Alternatively, you can gather the tips and twist the excess gum paste off at the base. This works best as you add layers of petals and you have a greater volume of excess gum paste toward the base.
You can stop here for a small rose bud or continue adding petals for medium and large roses. For the next row, you'll need three petals again. Ruffle them as before and add them to your rose bud as before. Make sure to always start with wetting a seam and adding a petal centered on that seam. Tuck the last petal under the first to achieve the spiraled look of a rose. Curl back the ruffled edges of the petals with your fingertips.
For an even larger rose, add five petals on the next layer. You can also go up one cutter size at that point to get a more open flower. A final layer of petals can be added for the largest rose (see cake picture above), which requires seven petals. To finish the flower, dust the very center and edges of petals with luster dust in a dark shade (but the same color as your gum paste). Steam the flowers for 3-5 seconds to set the dust color.
I hope you find this tutorial helpful! Don't hesitate to ask questions. Happy decorating!
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