How to Make Cherry Blossom Sprays With Gum Paste

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How to Make Cherry Blossom Sprays With Gum Paste
Use a real cherry blossom to help make your gum paste designs look authentic. (Jupiterimages/Photos.com/Getty Images)

Washington D.C., Kunming, China and Tokyo, Japan are just a few of the many places that are known for their cherry trees. During the spring, the trees burst forth with new life, blooming into sprays of delicate light pink blossoms. Making a realistic spray of cherry blossoms out of gum paste requires practice and a steady hand. Place a spray of the blossoms on top of a cake to make it more appealing to the eye.

Skill level:
Moderate

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Things you need

  • Cornstarch
  • Red food colouring
  • 26-gauge wire
  • Wire cutters
  • Craft knife
  • Vein tool
  • Ball tool
  • Fake stamens
  • Piping gel
  • Brown-coloured floral tape

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Instructions

  1. 1

    Dust a work surface lightly with cornstarch. Place a small amount of gum paste on the work surface. Put several drops of red food colouring in the dough and knead until the paste has a solid pink hue.

  2. 2

    Divide the dough up into three balls, one small and two medium. These portions will create a cherry blossom bud and two flowers.

  3. 3

    Cut one long length of 26-gauge wire measuring 4 inches with a wire cutter. Cut two more lengths of wire measuring 2 inches each.

  4. 4

    Roll the smallest portion of paste into a cone shape with your fingers. Loop one end of a 2-inch piece of wire. Push the looped end into the widest part of the cone shape.

  5. 5

    Flatten one of the medium-sized balls of dough with the tips of your fingers. Using a sharp craft knife, score the surface of the dough, creating five petal shapes. Notch the perimeter of the circles where the petal shapes end to define the petals.

  6. 6

    Use the veining tool to create texture for the blossom. Thin out the petals along the outer edges by rolling the ball tool to give the blossom a slightly ruffled texture.

  7. 7

    Dip the ends of three or four small stamens in piping gel. Place the stamens into the centre of your blossom, using the gel as adhesive to secure them to your flower.

  8. 8

    Poke one end of the 4-inch piece of wire through the centre of your blossom. Repeat the process on the last portion of dough, using the 2-inch piece as a stem for this blossom. Allow both flowers and the bud to dry overnight or until the paste has hardened.

  9. 9

    Wrap all three wires in brown-coloured floral tape. Use additional tape to secure the three separate pieces together at varying lengths to create a spray of blossoms. Create more flowers and buds as needed.

Tips and warnings

  • Dust your fingers in cornstarch to prevent sticking.
  • Use small amount of the red food colouring to get a light shade of pink.
  • Wrap a piece of wire in floral tape, bend it to look like a twig and use it as additional decor for your spray of blossoms.

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