How to make gum paste strawberries

gum paste strawberries

I received a lot of requests on how I made the gum paste strawberries for my Cath Kidston cake. So here is a tutorial on how to make them. I have used a store bought red rolled fondant, mixed with a little Tylo powder for the red strawberry. You can use the gum paste strawberries for decorations on your cakes and cupcakes.

This is what I use:
White gum paste
Red rolled fondant, mixed with a little Tylo powder (CMC)
Food gel colors: pink and leaf green
Pink non-pareils
Non-stick board
Rolling pin
Tylo glue
Corn starch, to prevent the gum paste from sticking to your work board or hands.
Small paint brush
Dresden and veining tool (JEM) or another pointy tool
Ball tool
Frill stick
Flower foam pad
Small 5 petal blossom cutter, 20mm (3/4″)
6 petal flower cutters
Strawberry Leaves & Calyxes/Set of 4 (JEM)(I did not use the calyxes for these strawberries)
Classic D/S multi purpose veiner (Sunflower Sugar Art)
Small plastic palette, to dry your flowers in

The strawberry flowers
Step 1:
Start with the white small flowers. Roll out the white gum paste thinly and cut out the flowers with the 5 petal blossom cutter. Place the flowers on the flower foam pad and thin the petals slightly by carefully pressing down the ball tool on every petal. Transfer the flowers to the plastic palette and set to dry.

Step 2:
When the white flowers are dry, brush a little tylo glue in the middel of the flowers and sprinkle with a little pink non-pareils in the center. Set aside.

The strawberry leaf
Step 1:
Roll out the leaf green gum paste thinly and cut out the leaves with the strawberry leaf cutter. If you are having trouble getting the leaf out of the cutter, then use a toothpick to release it.
Place the leaves in the multi purpose silicone veiner. Give it a light press with your hand to get them veined. Arrange the leaves in desired shape and let them dry.

The strawberries
Step 2:
To make the strawberries take some red or pink gum paste in the desired size and roll the gum paste into a ball. Make sure, that there are no cracks in the ball at this stage!. Model it into a strawberry shape.

Step 3:
Take the dresden/veining tool and make indentations like on a real strawberry with the dresden/veining tool.

Step 4:
Roll out some more of the leaf green gum paste and cut out “flowers” using the 6 petal cutter. Flatten the petals slightly with the frill stick and glue it on the the top of the strawberry. Make an indentation with the frill stick and brush a little glue in the hole. Take a small piece of leaf green gum paste and roll it into a little stem and put it into the hole. Let the strawberry dry thoroughly.

Happy Caking!



    • Anonymous says

      Most well stocked cake decorating stores have them. Maybe I can help you further if you write where in the world you are located.

      • Josette Jones says

        I myself truly enjoy your website. I am so glad that you are allowing us that are still learning how to create, bake and decorate cakes and cookies the ability to follow your tutorials. If you would please send me the information on how to purchase some of the leaf products also I would really appreciate it. Thank you

      • Rose says

        I am in Cambodia and I don’t know where I can buy all these stuff. Do u have any idea?

  1. Ela says

    Hi Louise,
    I adore your website. Your works are mesmerizing! My question may sound stupid but I’m not so familiar with fondant and gum paste. What’s the difference between the two? Are they interchangeable in decorating a cake? Can a gumpaste be used instead of fondant in covering a cake? Thank you.

    • Anonymous says

      Gum paste and fondant are sort of the same thing. Only you would never use gum past to cover at cake. Gum paste is much more stretchy and will eventually dry up hard. Hope that was answer to your question?

  2. says

    Olivia: NO I have not tried it yet. But you can do it. It will also make the figurine much less heavy. I would brush the foam with clear piping gel before the fondant.

  3. Olivia says

    Have you ever made figures using foam balls covered in fondant, instead of using gum paste? I was thinking of making jungle figures such as a monkey- can I use the foam ball for his head and body? If you did use the foam do you have to cover it with buttercream or anything first?

  4. says

    fancypants: It can get confusing with all the different names for the same things.

    Gum paste/tylo paste/modelling paste are all the same and contains a “gum agent” that thickens the paste, so that it dry faster and hold up the shape if making figurines, flowers ect.

  5. says

    What is the difference between gumpaste and fondant? I’ve noticed that gumpaste is called for when making little detail work…is that because it dries better?

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