How to Create Gum Paste Rose Leaves

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    Gather Supplies and Cut Wires

    Cut wires
    Michelle Anderson

    The correct tools make this cake design element a snap to create and allow you to concentrate on some of the more complex decorations for your cake such as the gum paste roses that sit amongst the leaves. 

    To Make Gum Paste Rose Leaves You Will Need:

    • Green gum paste, in different colors, if you wish
    • Rose leaf cutters
    • Rolling pin
    • Cornstarch
    • Medium gage floral wire
    • Gum paste tool (ball)
    • Optional: green luster dust

    Cut the wires that will be embedded in the leaves. Take the wire and cut a three-inch piece of each leaf. Bend one of the ends of the wire into a tiny loop which will provide an anchor so the wire does not just slide out of the finished leaf when it dries. Set the wires aside. 

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    Roll Out Gum Paste

    Gum paste
    Michelle Anderson

    Roll out green tinted gum paste thinly on a cornstarch-dusted board for the leaves.​ Make sure you knead the gum paste first to make it more pliable and smooth so that the leaves have an even texture and you can work with the gum paste easier. Trying to create pretty thin leaves with stiff gum paste is impossible and the leaves will not look as realistic at the end of the process. 

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    Cut Out Rose Leaves

    Cut out rose leaves
    Michelle Anderson

    Cut the rose leaves from the green gum paste using the cutters. dust the cutter with cornstarch before you use it if the gum paste seems a little sticky. Try to cut the leaves close together so you get as many as possible from the rolled gum paste. you can certainly gather up the unused gum paste but the added cornstarch can eventually make the gum paste gritty. 

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    Try Cutting Out Different Sizes

    Different sized leaves

    Leaf-cutters come in various sizes and types t​​o create an assortment to suit your tastes. The different sizes create interest in the design of the cake. If you make extra leaves, they can be stored in a cool dark place for months so they will not go to waste. different sized leaves on a cake make a lovely complex design. 

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    Thin the Leaf Edges Out

    Thin leaf edges
    Michelle Anderson

    Thin the edges of the cut leaves with a rounded gum paste tool taking care not to smooth out the veining. this can be done on a foam piece instead of a flat surface. if you do not have a rounded gum paste tool, you can pinch the edges of the leaves between your fingers to thin the edges. 

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    Insert Wire and Finish Leaves

    Insert wires into leaves
    Michelle Anderson

    Insert the end of the wire into the finished product at the bottom rounded part and the set the leaves aside to dry. If you don't want wired leaves then simply skip this step. Wired leaves are essential if you are creating bouquets or making a cake topper with styrofoam. 

    You may also lightly brush the dried leaves with luster dust in a darker or lighter shade of green. This outlines the veining on the leaf and makes them look more realistic. Store your finished leaves in a sealed container in a cool dry place for up to 6 months.