Gum sugar paste daisies are a good project for first-time cake designers. Before getting started, choose the colour of the petals and daisy centre. A traditional white petal and yellow-centred daisy, for example, would mean you would need yellow gum paste as well as white gum paste. Choosing the flower colour is the hardest part. Once that is decided, you're ready to create your daisies.
Dust the work surface and the rolling pin with corn flour.
Roll out the gum paste thinly that you will use for the petals.
Cut out the daisies with the daisy-shaped cutter.
Place the freshly cut daisies on the flower former. Flower formers are concave trays that are designed to hold the daisies gently. The daisies can easily slide off of the formers without being damaged.
Remove some of the petals from a few of the daisies by gently slicing them off with the paring knife. You will use these extra petals to layer on top of the petals that are on the fully intact daisies.
Dip the paint brush in the water. Moisten one edge of one petal that is attached to a full daisy. Take a single cut-off petal and place it on the moistened edge to give the daisy a layered 3-D effect.
Continue layering the petals, overlapping their edges with the pointed portion of the petal meeting in the centre. How many petals you use will depend on how far you layer the petals over each other. Just as in nature, allow each daisy to be different with a different number of petals. Remember, Gerbera daisies have many layered petals.
Roll out the gum paste that you will use for the centre of the daisies.
Cut the daisy centres with the small end of the icing tip #10.
Dip the paintbrush in the cup of water and moisten the centre of the daisy. Stick a dot onto the daisy for the flower's centre. Allow to dry.
If your centre dot is too small and doesn't cover up the inner edges of the layered petals, use the other edge of the #10 tip and then trim the circle down to size to fit the centre.