From Hajnalka Mayor (Hajnalka) of Zorica’s Cake Art in Ontario, CA comes this detailed tutorial outlining the process behind the gorgeous gumpaste edelweiss blossoms on her winter wonderland wedding cake. Lovely any time of year, but especially appropriate during the holidays, this strong and sturdy flower is a symbol of purity and enduring love.
20-22 gage floral wire
Yellow petal dust
Green petal dust
White pearl dust
Shortening for the hands
Small floral former
Step 1: Make a small loop on a piece of floral wire. Make a small cone shape from gumpaste about ¾ inch wide.
Step 2: Put some glue on the loop, push the glue into the loop at the pointy end, and shape your center as you see. Let it dry for about 2 hours.
Step 3: Make a tiny ball and cut out ⅓ of it.
Step 4: With the same glue, affix the bigger part of the ball on the middle of the cone.
Step 5: Make several holes on the ball with a toothpick.
Step 6: Roll a tiny sausage and cut out 6 pieces.
Step 7: Roll the 6 pieces into balls.
Step 8: Glue them around the center ball and make holes on them as well.
Step 9: Make 6 mini petals as you see in the pictures; they don’t have to be the same size.
Step 10: With gum glue, affix them between the small balls and turn them as you like.
Step 11: Make 5 fat petals, 1-1.5 inches long. Don’t make them the same size. Just roll some sausages, flatten them and make a line in the middle with a toothpick.
Step 12: Start to glue the petals around the base. There’s no rule on how to do it. If it’s not flat enough at the base, just push the petals together until you are happy with it.
Step 13: Repeat steps 11-12.
Step 14: Put the flower into a former and mess up the petals a bit.
Step 15: When your flower is dry enough, dust the balls with yellow color.
Step 16: With dark green petal dust, “frame” the balls.
Step 17-18: Mix up some green petal dust with cornstarch to have a light green color. Dust the back of the petals and the edges, too.
Step 19: Fix the colors over steam for 2-3 seconds, then let dry. Once your flower is dry, you can decide whether or not you want to dust the inner side of the petals with white pearl dust.
Here are two pictures of the finished cake:
Zorica’s Cake Art
Toronto, Ontario, CA