Gerbera daisies are one of my favourite flowers to make. Especially during wedding season, these are one of the most made flowers in my bakery. They are pretty and quite simple to make.
Here is what I used:
Gumpaste (any two colours)
First Impressions “Assorted Centres Silicone Mold”
PME Sugarcraft “Plunger/ Cutter Set – Sunflower” (3 sizes)
flower formers (I use the ones by Wilton)
Use a small amount of coloured gumpaste. Roll into a tiny ball and press it into the silicone mold. Set aside.
Roll out the second coloured gumpaste thinly. Use the largest flower cutter and cut one large flower. Press firmly onto the gumpaste to cut cleanly. Use the palette knife to place onto the foam pad.
After placing the large cut flower onto the foam pad, use the boning tool. From the outer most part of the petal press the boning tool firmly towards the centre of the flower. This will allow the tip of the petal to curl. Repeat this set for each one of the 16 petals on the large flower.
Place the large flower into the flower former to dry.
Repeat steps 2, 3, and 4 for each of the following 2 sized flower cutters. However for the smallest flower cutter, make two cuts for this size.
After allowing all four flower cuts to dry for 20-30 minutes, using the gum glue to start assembling the flower. Place gum glue onto the top of the larger flower and place the middle sized flower on top of the large flower.
Then place gum glue onto the middle sized flower, which is already pasted onto the largest flower, and place one of the small flowers on top. Finally, place gum glue onto the smallest flower and put the last (the second small flower) on top. Press in the centre of the assembled flower to ensure all flowers have adhered to each other.
Add the flower centre by placing some gum glue in the middle of the flower and pressing the centre on. Allow the flower to dry fully assembled over night or at least 3-4 hours.
I took cake decorating classes at JoAnn Fabric Store, where they taught how to mke some of the flowers. They had use try both fondant and gum paste so we knew what they tasted like. Gum paste is edible but has no flavor to it. You can eat the flower after it is hardened but you must break it into pieces and allow it to soften in your mouth before you start chewing it. So people use tooth picks, uncooked spaghetti, or wire to hold them together and secure them when using them to decorate their cakes and cupcakes. So Please be careful if you are eatiing someone else’s and let others know if you use them also.
was the gum paste edible or was it like cardboard?