This is my first gum paste flower (lily). I'm pretty new to fancy cake decorating. A friend of mine asked me to make her wedding cake and wants pink lillies on it. I figured I'd give making gum paste flowers a try. What do you guys think?
I used tangerine colored petal dust and brown food coloring for the spots. The pistil is gum paste and the stamens are storebought.
What do you think for a first try?
Also, I was wondering, what do you use to make all the petals, pistil, stamens and leaves stick together? When I made the flower itself I let all of the petals dry together, they broke apart when I started painting it.
I think it looks pretty, especially for a first attempt!!
I've never actually made a gumpaste Lily, but I have read this tutorial:
which uses wires to hold all the petals together. Maybe you could read this and try to play with them a bit?
In my fondant and gumpaste class, we were taught to use gum glue to stick the petals together. and stamens too. Just take a peanut size gum paste, break it into smaller chunks and add a table spoon of water. It will dissolve in an hour or so. Stir it and use it with paint brush and stick the petals together.
Hope this helps. Your lily is very nice. They never taught this in gum paste class.
Just take a peanut size gum paste, break it into smaller chunks and add a table spoon of water. It will dissolve in an hour or so. Stir it and use it with paint brush and stick the petals together.
Hope this helps. Your lily is very nice.
Thank you very much! That definitely does help! Do you use the "glue" after the petals are dry or when they're still "wet"? I imagine either would work.
We were taught to use it before they dry up. You can manouver the petals if you want when they are not completely dry.
But there was one flower (fantasy flower) which was made seperate (a big one and a small one with stamens) and we were told to put it together after they dry. It is like a cup in a bigger cup. So, you can do either of them. If you have to paint the petals, I guess you can stick them up after they are dry and you are done painting with them.