Making flowers using gum paste
Knowing how to work with flower decorations is a must especially if your work involves working on wedding cake, birthday cakes and numerous other occasions.
How to make sugar flowers using gum paste
In this lesson we will teach you how to make all the flowers shown above using gum paste. You may also use rolled fondant if you wish. The only difference between rolled fondant and gum paste is that gum paste dries quicker.
Terminologies relating to this lesson
In this lesson you will be introduced to the following terminologies;
- Gum paste
- Rolled fondant
- Color types; gel, liquid, powder
- Arabic gum
- Tragacanth Gum
Accessories needed to make sugar flowers
With the accessories shown in the pictures above you can decorate quite a large range of cakes for any occasion.
There is a few accessories you will need to make beautiful sugar flowers.
- gum paste
- pasta machine
- leaf and petal cutters
- veiner (gives texture to flower pedals)
- ball tool (to thin out the edge of flower petals)
- plastic sheet (prevents gum paste from drying out)
- egg cartons (to give shape to flower petals)
- Foam pad (for thinning out the edges of flower petals)
- Small non-stick rolling pins.
- Floral tape
Why wedding cakes are so expensive
Did you ever wondered why a wedding cake is so expensive? Well, this is one of the reasons (the flowers) that raises the cost of the wedding cake. If you make flowers from scratch which is more labor-intensive, the cost will be higher in relation to purchasing ready-made flowers from a pastry supply store. As you will see in one of our videos on making a peony flower, it took us a couple of hours to complete one of those flowers. If customer wishes to have 10 of those flowers x 4 hours per flower, we are talking about 40 hours spent on just making those flowers. Working at minimum wage (which no pastry chef will do), the cost to having 10 peonies on your cake is $400, just for those flowers.
The more detailed the work is on a wedding cake, the more expensive the cake will be. Since the hours spent on a cake are endless the final price is ultimately determined by the customer budget. Here's other reasons why a wedding cake is costly;
- The number of flowers on the cake.
- The numbers of different colors used for the flowers.
- Type of ingredients used in the cake.
- Freshness of the cake (not pre-frozen) and products used.
- The size of the cake (height and diameter).
- Number of tiers.
- Amount of custom work desired on the cake.
- Transportation of the finished product.
- Labour involved to completing the cake.
Please follow this link if you wish to learn how to make sugar flowers from scratch