How to make gum paste roses

gum paste roses

I have received many requests on how I made the large pink gum paste roses on the Cath Kidston cake. The secret behind them is not me, but a fantastic cake designer named Fran McGregor. She have made the most wonderful rose tutorial.

The way she guides you through the process is very clear and easy to understand. In the video is also listed all the equipments to make the rose, including the recipe for her fantastic modelling paste.

Click here to find directions on how to see the video tutorial on Youtube.

Good to know tips!
1. To make sure that the styrofoam egg will fit the JEM easy rose cutter. Bring along your cutter, so that you are buying the right size of styrofoam egg. Well at least with the two largest easy rose cutters 100mm and 110mm. For smaller roses use smaller easy rose cutters, rose petal cutters and make the cone out of gumpaste instead.

2. A block of styrofoam is great to place the wired rose cones in the start of the process. Later the roses need to hang upside down to dry through the process so make sure that you have either a broomstick or anything similar ready before you start on the roses.

3. The thin piece of foam that is used in the video is a great “helping hand” when attaching the rose petals.

4. I use the rose petal cutter set from TinkerTech Two wich is really nice and don’t forget to use the tylo glue.


If you prefer pictures instead of video you can take a look at my tutorial on how to make a sugar rose.

You can also visit my tutorial section if you want to learn how to make other gum paste flowers and decorations.

If you want to see more fantastic roses and cakes please visit Fran’s own website it is such a beautiful sight.

Happy Caking!



  1. Karen Jones says

    Hello again, Louise! I have had such good results working with Fran’s recipe for modeling paste that it is now my go to recipe for roses or figures including my “Kerry Bear”. Thank you, Louise and Fran for sharing! Have a great day, everyone!

  2. Rachel Walker says

    Hi – apparently Fran’s video has been corrupted now, so it isn’t viewable anymore. There’s a note posted on the link at the bottom to explain. I totally look forward to seeing your new rose tutorial. I keep experimenting with roes – but am not yet happy with the results!

  3. win says

    hi, thanks a lot for your great tutorials. it’s been really helpful since i started trying out gum paste flowers. i made my first successful roses by looking at your site!
    recently i was asked to make a small wedding cake for a friend, and i was wondering if wired gum paste flowers are edible like the non-wired version, or whether the wires are considered a hazard in petals and deemed to contaminate the cake if pushed into it? I would be so grateful if you could clarify if wired gum paste flowers are normally considered edible by professional bakers for their clients.. many thanks =)

  4. Jane says

    Unfortunately Fran’s rose tutorial video doesn’t seem to be loaded on the web anymore – too bad!

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