|This weekend we celebrated with my sister-in-law at her baby shower. We will be welcoming sweet baby Avery into the family sometime in October! I made this cake for the shower to coordinate with her beautiful nursery decor by Caden Lane. I made the flowers from gumpaste and some rhinestones (that were not edible) for the centers. I frosted the cake with butter cream frosting using a sky blue food coloring and piped on the branches using frosting tips #3 and #5. I also used tip #5 to pipe the beading around the bottom of each cake. You can follow the steps below to make the gumpaste flowers that I used on this cake.|
- Wilton Ready to use Gumpaste
- Cookie Cutters (found these at Hobby Lobby)
- Rolling pin
- Thin Foam Pad (wilton)
- Gumpaste Ball tool
- Paint brush
- Parchment Paper or mat for your work surface
- Plastic Wrap
- Pink food coloring
Take a portion of the gumpaste out of the bag and knead it to soften it. You can rub some shortening on your hands to keep the gumpaste from sticking to them. Drop a small amount of food coloring into the center of the gumpaste and knead the ball of gumpaste until the color is even. You can always add more food coloring to make a brighter color, but begin with a small amount.
Next roll out the gumpaste onto your work surface until it is very thin.
Choose your desired sizes of cookie cutters and begin cutting out the shapes you will need. I would recommend only working on one large flower at a time since the gumpaste dries out very quickly.
You will need to work quickly and use the plastic wrap to cover the gumpaste that you aren't working with to keep it from drying out.
Starting with the largest flower place each piece on the foam mat and using the ball tool gently make a circle motion on each petal. The gumpaste will begin to take shape and thin out. Make sure not to rub it so thin that you make a hole. The edges of the petals should start to curl upward.
As you finish each flower you can begin to attach them together. Take the paint brush and dip it into a very small amount of water. Brush the centers of the flowers with a small amount of water and place the smaller flowers on top, pressing gently.
Once you have the smallest flower on top the rhinestone will go into the center. I waited to attach the rhinestones until I was placing the flowers onto the cake. I used a small amount of butter cream frosting to hold the rhinestones into place. I also used butter cream frosting to hold the flowers in place on the cake.