Sugar flowers are not just for cakes, they can also be used to adorn other great treats, as well as decorative accents for gifts. They are easy to make, even for beginners and not only do they look great, but they are edible, too! Easily made from a sheet of gum paste, these sugar flowers are sure to please!
Roll out the gum paste with a rolling pin coated with a bit of cornflour. This should be done on a smooth, non-stick, clean surface, preferably a kitchen counter or other prepared surface.
Wrap a thin piece of wire with green floral tape. This will serve as the stem and although this part of the flower is obviously not edible, it makes a great accent.
Take a piece of gum paste and wrap a piece at one end of the wrapped wire. This will serve as the flowers centre and should be moulded into a cone shape.
Cut into the rolled gum paste with a flower cutter. Make at least three impressions, these will be used for your flower petals.
Slide one of the impressions up the centre of the wrapped stem and mould it by gently turning the petals up and out.
Follow the same directions with the other two impressions. Gently mould the petals to create a pretty flower shape. Each layer shoudl be moulded to give the look of a real flower.
Stick the flower into a piece of styrofoam. As soon as it is dry, it is ready for use. Continue the same process with the rest of the flowers.
Gum paste comes in a variety of colours, so the sky is the limit when it comes to the colour of your flowers. Wrap any extra gum paste or flowers, gently, in plastic and store in the refrigerator for later use.
Handle the gum paste flowers with care after they are just made, they are very fragile until they dry. Afterwards, while you still need to be cautious, they can withstand a bit more handling.