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!



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

      • 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

  1. 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.

    • 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. 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. 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. 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. Hi Louise,
    I love the strawberries! I was wondering how you got the colour for the strawberry leaves? I am using Wilton colours but I doubt they have this colour.

  6. Alicia: I buy the red gum paste. I have given up on coloring it myself. If you cant get red gum paste, red fondant works as good only you have to knead in some tylo powder to make it hold its shape.

  7. I am having so much trouble making my gum paste red. Because the gum paste is white and I use as much red colour gel as I can, it still doesn’t turn out brilliant red…just kinda reddish pink. What did you do to make yours so red? Or did you buy red gum paste?

  8. Beth: I got mine from the UK. But any nonstick rolling board would do. You can do some thhings with a foampad that you cant do with a rolling board and vice versa. All cake decorating suppliers should stock pads & boards. I dont like rubber boards as you can not cut out with metal cutters and knives without cutting into the board.

  9. These are soooo adorable!
    I’m trying to find a good celpad/celboard/rolling board… mind sharing where you got yours? Does it make a dif. between the foam vs. rubber boards/pads? If so … can people provide sites pls!
    Thanx for sharing your technique!

  10. Mayura: My cutters are from Jem and Orchard products. I think that you can get some of it from both confectioners ware and global sugar art.

    Carrie: the multi leaf veiner is from

    majop: Tylo glue is an edible glue made by mixing some tylo powder or cmc with some boiled water. It is perfect when you are making decorations for cakes ect.

    Jackie: Yes you can use store bought fondant. Pls go to my comment no.18 for more info. thx.

    Shira: the blossom cutter is from Orchard products, the leaves is from JEM (it is a strawberry cutter set) and the daisy or 6 petal is also from orchard. You can get global sugar art.

    CakeBunny: Well I would not serve small parts as a decoration for wee ones, I would have removed it first. But of course you have to be careful when serving. My kids never eats the decorations on my cakes ect. Because they know it is hard but if you like you can use only fondant. It may be a little soft to work with though. A field of strawberries sounds yum!

  11. Hi Louise,
    Just wanted to ask if these dry hard? I was wondering if they could be a choking hazard for wee ones…
    Of course, my 7 year old wants a cake with a feild of strawberries on it now LOL!!!

  12. Louise,

    Where did u buy those blossoms, leave and daisy cutters. Friend of mine want me to make some cupcakes for her with nice deco. The blossom cutter that I had is not as good as yours.


  13. Thankyou so much for sharing your talent. I have learned so much from your posts. These are incredible!
    By the way, where can you get the multi-leaf veiner?
    Thanks again!!!

  14. I loved these the first time I saw them. Now I have no excuse not to try and make them. Excellent work. Can’t wait to try my hands at this. Thanks for all you do.

  15. Becky: I make the gum paste by mixing ready made fondant like Satin ice about 17 oz, knead it on a little bit of crisco, add 1 1/2 tsp gumtex or cmc and 1 tsp of egg white (pasturized)This makes a really good gum paste.

    Andreea: Ohh that is JEM. I missed that out in the post but it is all fixed now. THX!

  16. so cute and you make them so easy to make. thank you for taking time to write out and display instructions!
    —it’s all about the details!

  17. Thanks so much for sharing, these are fab. I was thinking what to do for my daughters birthday cake and now think I might do a strawberry shortcake style cake with these on!


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