How to make a sugar rose

sugar rose
Learn how to make a sugar rose out of gum paste with this rose tutorial. I use one or two sizes of petal cutters when making sugar roses. The sizes of cutters generally depends on the size of the “rose” cones that I am making. The more petals you add, the more fuller it will get. It looks really pretty when big roses and rose buds is mixed together on a cake.

This is what I use:
Flower paste/gum paste
Gel paste colors
Corn starch
Styrofoam or cake dummie
Flower foam pad (Orchard products)
Dogbone tool or ball tool
Small spatula
Tylo glue
Small brushes
Rolling pin
Non-stick board
7 tablespoons
Rose petal cutters in various sizes
Rose leaf cutters in various sizes
Leaf veiner (optional)
Calyx cutters in various sizes
A small plastic bag
White vegetable fat
Edible petal dust

Small rose and rose buds
Step 1:

You will need to make a cone (no. 1 in the picture) for each sugar rose you are making. It is a good idea to start making the cones a day or two ahead. Remember that the cones should be a little bit smaller than the size of the petal cutter you will be using. Stick a tooth pick in the bottom af the cone and set aside on the styrofoam/cake dummie to dry completely.

Next step is to roll out your flower paste/gum paste thinly and cut out three rose petals. Use your dogbone tool on the flower foam pad and carefully thin the edge of the rose petals so it get slightly frilly. Put two of the rose petals in a plastic bag to prevent them from drying out. Brush the cone with tylo glue and wrap one rose petal thight around it, so that the pointed end of the rose cone is covered (no. 2 in the picture).
TIP! Use this as a closed rose bud

Brush with tylo glue once again and take the two last petals from the plastic bag. Wrap them around the cone so they slightly overlap each other (no. 3 in the picture). Arrange the rose petals and make “movements” with your fingers and leave them to dry for about 30 minutes or more before you add more rose petals.
TIP! Use this as a open rose bud

Cut out three more rose petals, just like the ones you made to begin with. Brush the rose petals lightly with tylo glue and arrange the next three rose petals, again overlaping the petals (no. 4 in the picture) Again make “movements” with your fingers and leave your small sugar rose to dry comepletely.
TIP! Use this as a small rose

Step 2:
If you want a larger sugar rose, do as follows: Roll out your flower paste/gum paste thinly, this time cut out five rose petals with the next size of cutter. Use your dogbone tool on all five petals, as in step 1. Take five tabelspoons and dust them with a little corn starch (this will prevent the rose petals from sticking to the tbsp).

Put the rose petals on the teaspoons and let the petals go over the top of the edge of the spoons (as shown in the picture). Let the rose petals dry in the spoons for around 15-20 minutes. Then brush the lower half of the petals with tylo glue and arrange the petals arround the rose, so that they overlap each other. Set the rose aside to dry completely.

If you want an even bigger sugar rose, cut out seven more rose petals and put them on the tablespoons. Since the rose is getting rather big now you need to carefully turn the rose upside down for the last rose petals. Attach the rose petals with tylo glue like previous. Let the big sugar rose dry completely.
TIP! Use a piece of foam to place the rose on, to prevent it from breaking

Step 3:
When your rose is dry, roll out some green flower paste/gum paste and cut out a calyx that fit the rose. Brush the calyx with tylo glue and attach it to the bottom of the rose. When making small sugar rose buds, put a small ball of green flower paste/gum paste on the rose buds after the calyx as well.
TIP! Apply dry edible petal powders with a soft brush on your roses, for great looking effects.

Note: Remember to remove any toothpicks when placing the roses on the cake.

Happy Caking!



  1. says

    Can you tell were you get your supplies? I leave in jacksonville,fl and I can find all the tools . Thank you for all the information.
    Sincerely, Maria

    • Louise says

      When coloring gum paste for leaves I often mix 2 green colors together. Like a moss green + a bright green.

  2. Annabelle says

    I think your idea with the tablespoon is brilliant. So much easier than trying, and failing, to use a toothpick to roll the edges of the petals. Do you have a tutorial for doing wired petals/leaves?
    Thank you very much

  3. says

    Could you please tell me how to remove the toothpick after the rose dries out? I tried doing that and ended up breaking the flower. I have heard that people usually use the toothpick to insert the rose into the fondant cake. After taking out the rose how do you attach the rose to the cake ?

    • Louise says

      Normally I don’t have that problem when I need to remove the toothpick. I simply just gently twist the toothpick until it release. If I need to place the rose on the side of the cake I use a toothpick or it won’t hold up. If it’s on the top of the cake a dot of royal icing use to be enough.

  4. Luckeytraders says

    Thank you so much for sending me these sugar flowers. I would like to make a  humble request from you, if possible will you please teach me how to make a horse out of gum paste, through cake journal.

    • Anonymous says

      No sorry :-(

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    • Anonymous says

      Water, egg white both works ok. But I think that you get a more sticky glue with the egg white.
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