In your opinion which technique makes the most realistic gumpaste rose? Using a single petal cutter and putting them on one at a time, or the five petal cutter and folding them up one at a time. Also which technique would be easier for my first time making them?
I first learned using single petals. Glenda Galvez (auntglendascakes.com) from Texas has a great dvd on her beautiful roses(using single petals) . I then learned with the 5 petal. Once you learn, either way , you can make them realistic, using chocolate, g/p and fondant. Being a beginner, now, i would use the 5 petal. here is wonderful link. Then check out the dvd of Glenda Galvez. There are 2 videos on this. It is great.
I do both. I spent about a year using different techniques and was never happy with my results, so I combined several methods to use what works for me.
For the center and the first 2 layers of petals, I use the 5-petal cutter. For the 3rd layer and anymore, I use teardrop shaped cutters for the individual petals and apply them one at a time. I get the look that I want and using the 5-petal is so easy and quick for the first 2 layers of petals.
Thanks for your help