I have been trying to learn to make gumpaste flowers on my own without taking a class (can't find one). My flowers seem to break when I try to assemble them. Is is because they are not fully dried/hardened? Would using fondant be easier? Does any one have any tips for making gumpaste flowers? Thanks.
Hi Sherry, I am no expert in gumpaste flowers as I am just starting to work with them myself. But I do know that once I finish working with my flowers and finish assembling in whatever flower cup holder I use, I let them dry overnight maybe longer before working with them again to place them on a cake.
If the gumpaste is falling apart or breaking while you are putting the flower together, then you may have something going on with your gumpaste, either too dry or too sticky. I will leave that to the more advanced cake decorators to tackle
It sounds like your gumpaste (gp) may be too dry. Did you use a mix or make it yourself? It can be caused by the individual petals getting exposed to too much air before you try to assemble them. Remember to only cut a couple of petals at a time and keep your gp covered with plastic wrap and put a damp (only damp) cloth over top of the plastic wrap. This keeps the paste from drying before you are ready for it.
Depending on the gumpaste you're using. I swear
by Scott C. Woolleys gumpaste. You have to make
it, but it's worth it. I make two batches and put in
the fridge till I need it. You can work with this paste
and in an hour decorate your flowers of whatever.