Wednesday, January 20, 2010

Gumpaste Gerbera Daisies ~ A Lighthearted Tutorial

If you're looking for a serious, straight shooting tutorial on how to make Gerbera Daisies out of gum paste, stop here and go here. That's where I learned and it's a great tutorial but it lacks a certain assiness. Is that a word? It is now. Write it down.

Seriously, check out that entire site. Chick has some awesome stuff on there.

I'm gonna attempt to "keep it real." I did a lot of the "work" on these will sitting in bed. I'm not kidding. I don't use all of the proper tools or whatever. I use Q-tips, Dixie cups and other oddities. I did buy some of the proper equipment cuz there are just some things ya can't fudge. I got what I needed here. Some of you lucky bums have great cake decorating supply stores nearby, goody for you. The rest of us have to order off of the Internet!!!

Let's start!

You will need:

gum paste (dur)

Large Gerbera daisy cutter

Wilton's smallest daisy cutter

celforms (or some other small dish/bowl that will hold your flower in a slightly cupped shape while drying)
water **you probably should use gum paste glue, but I'm lazy. Make gum paste glue by mixing 1T meringue powder with 1 T water, mix well.

food coloring (I used powdered and paste)

I bought bagged, pre-made gum paste that Wilton makes. Works well for me. It was like $8 bucks. Actually, I had some leftover from the Remy figure I made for the twincesses birthday cake.

Start by kneading your gum paste in your hands until it's quite pliable. You may knead in color if you would like, or paint your gum paste later!

Dust your clean *snicker* work surface with cornstarch. You can certainly sprinkle that stuff right on your workspace but that tends to give you a rather heavy coat. Take some cheesecloth, or NEW nylons/knee highs (do they still make those? Mom?), or what I had, which was a roll of tulle which I took one long piece and folded it over itself a million (five) times. Now, put a couple of tablespoons of cornstarch in the center of your material of choice, draw up the sides creating a little sack. Steal one of your daughter's tiny hair elastics and tie it off (or use twine or regular rubber bands or whatever). Voila! A Fluffer-Duster! I'm certain there is a real name for these, but I don't know it and I like Fluffer-Duster.

Next, we want to roll the gum paste out quite thin. We're talkin' Calista Flockhart thin (Yowza! That broad is skinny!). Like this:

Take your larger Gerbera Daisy cutter (from here on out, I'm gonna drop the "a" on the end cuz I don't like it and when I say the word the "a" is silent anyhow. Deal with it.) and gets to cuttin'. For one flower you'll need two cut outs. Please note, when not using your gum paste, even for a couple of minutes, fold up your rolled out sheet and seal it in a ziplock bag. Otherwise you'll be kneading and re-rolling it out!Pick up your cut outs using a spatula or, if you can't find your spatula because your two year old has an odd habit of stealing and hiding kitchen utensils, simply gently slide the cut outs off the table and into your hand. Set in your celform. Gently push down a bit so the center begins to cup. I SAID GENTLY!!!!

Set those aside while we do the next step so they have a chance to dry a bit. Take the small daisy cutter and cut out a crap ton *not actual measurement*. Seriously, I don't know how many I used per flower. Just cut out a bunch. You must work fast with these as they dry very fast! Using a small knife, cut each daisy in half and then cut each petal in half. Like so:
If you don't fancy the color of your flowers at this point, or if you have left them white, you can paint them now! Go to the liquor cabinet and find the cheap vodka, cuz when you use the expensive vodka, The Dude gets grumpy. See babe, I remembered that little lesson from last time!Now drink! No, that's not right. In a small cup, combine a couple tablespoons of vodka with your food coloring of choice. Using a small brush paint the flowers. Use a small amount please! While the vodka helps it dry quicker, if you use too much it will start to eat away at your sugar and get gummy.

Now get your gum glue or water. You can use a small paintbrush (recommended) or a Q-tip (not so much). Start attaching your small daisy halves around the center. Gently push them on to secure.
Now take a small ball of gum paste and flatten is a bit by pressing it against a sieve. No, I'm not crazy *lie*. We're doing this to get the pattern on the gum paste! I don't know why I didn't take a picture, loser I guess. Using a little glue, attach your center. I omitted a small step that the other tutorial has and I'm kicking myself for forgetting! Using small scissors, make small cuts into the center piece to help give it more texture. Paint if you'd like!

Set your pieces out to dry. Set one daisy head (one of the ones with a center) on top of a plain daisy head so you have a double layer of petals. Use a dot of gum paste glue to hold it together. Does that make sense? I guess you could use just a single one, but trust me, it looks so fine with a little more depth.
That's it. Seriously. Go try it. When people start raving about your mad decorating skills you can come back and thank me.

It won't look this shiny when it's dry. This was right after I painted one of them.


StepherB said...

Beautiful! Thanks for the tutorial! I will have to give it a whirl!

Jess said...

Very Beautiful!!!
I've missed stalking you, er I mean reading your posts!
Glad to see you back!!

Jenn said...

You, my dear, are AWESOME!

Melanie said...

Nice!! I actually bought the daisy cutters during the summer to make easy daisies. I'm gonna have to try yours next time I have a cake to make.

The Rambler said...

Um...I can in no way attempt to make such a thing. Cause I S.U.C.K.


YOU don't! :)

I had Gerbera (I always tried to say the A like I knew what I was saying until my friend (a flower expert) corrected me with a roll of her eyes.

The Rambler said...

Oh snappie...I just saw you have japanese porn spammer that hit your site.


Anonymous said...

You are funny- your tutorial makes me happy! :)

Anonymous said...

Awesome - I'm getting married this summer (a very DIY wedding). I'm having gerber(a) flowers and wanted matching cupcakes but didn't want to spend a lot to get them....thanks a ton for the tutorial! :D