How to Make a Gum Paste Rose

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    Gum Paste Roses

    Gum paste rose
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    Gum paste Roses are not hard to produce with a little practice and a few tools. Each stage of the process can create a usable rose from bud to full blown blooms.

    Gum Paste Flower Tools

    • Flower paste/gum paste
    • Gel paste colors/edible petal dust
    • Corn starch
    • Styrofoam block
    • Gum paste tools
    • Small brushes
    • Toothpicks
    • Rolling pin
    • Non-stick board or marble slab
    • Gum paste cutters in various sizes
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    Make the Base of the Rose

    Michelle Anderson

    First, you have to make the base of the rose. Roll the gum paste into a half inch in diameter ball and then pinch the top to create a cone or teardrop shape.

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    Insert Toothpick and Let Dry

    Michelle Anderson

    Insert a toothpick into the bottom and then set the cone aside in a Styrofoam block to dry. Try to make these cones a few days in advance because they need to be completely dry.

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    Roll Out Gum Paste

    Michelle Anderson

    Next, you roll out gum paste on a smooth surface dusted with cornstarch thinly to about 1/16 of an inch.

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    Cut Out Rose Petals Using Gum Paste Cutter

    Michelle Anderson

    You can use an assortment of cutters for rose petals; just make sure you have several sizes of cutters to create bigger roses. When you look at a real rose the outside petals are larger than the tightly furled interior one. You are trying to recreate this natural look.

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    Thin Out Petal Edges

    Michelle Anderson

    Use a gum paste flower tool along the edges of the petals to thin them and create a slightly frilled appearance. If you do not have these tools then gently pinch the edges between your fingers.

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    Wet Finished Petal

    Michelle Anderson

    Wet the finished petal with a little water or gum paste adhesive to help it stick to the dried base.

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    Wrap Petal Around Base

    Michelle Anderson

    Wrap the petal around the teardrop of gum paste and furl the outside edge slightly to create a closed rosebud. You can use these buds for contrast on the cake as well as full blown roses.

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    Make Another Petal

    Michelle Anderson

    Prepare another petal of similar size to the first one.

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    Wrap Second Petal Around the Rose Bud

    Michelle Anderson

    Wrap the second petal around the rosebud overlapping the edges to create an open rosebud.

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    Attach a Third Petal to the Bud

    Michelle Anderson

    Do the same with a third similar sized prepared petal taking care to produce realistic looking results. This size rose can also be used on a cake as a variation. To create the larger roses cut out another set of three petals using a larger cutter. Prepare these petals and attach them onto the small rose. Always insert the finished roses, no matter the size, from buds to large blooms into the Styrofoam block to dry completely.

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    Add Color to the Finished Dried Roses

    Michelle Anderson

    After the roses are dry use a paintbrush and an assortment of petal dust shades to create gorgeous colorful flowers. Be sure to apply a darker tint to the centers of the roses to mimic nature. If you are trying to create deep red roses use colored gum paste because it is near impossible to produce a deeply colored flower with just petal dust.