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Monday, March 24, 2014

Gum Paste 101

This last weekend my friend and I took a Basic Gum Paste class at Blake's Decorette ShopThe class is taught by Mary and she did a great job of instructing us.  Our class was filled with everyone making cakes for upcoming birthdays or weddings.  Except Debbie and I, we were there just to learn a new skill.  The class is 4 hours and you learn to make small flowers, a Stephanotis, a leaf and a rose. Mary packs a lot into the class without it feeling over whelming.


We were all given a blob of gum paste and told to knead it until it became soft and pliable.  Next, we took our wires and made little hooks. The hooks would keep the gum paste on the wire more securely
Gum Paste Class, Fizzy Party
With our gum paste we made candy corn  looking shapes and pushed them onto the wire.  This would be the rose bud.  
Gum Paste Class, Fizzy Party
To make flowers we took a small amount of gum paste, it's amazing how little you actually need, and rolled it really thin. You want to be able to see your board underneath.  Thank goodness Debbie brought some Christmas box lids because I forgot my Silpat at home. The Christmas box lids worked but we had to use shortening  on the box lid in order for the gum paste not to stick to it.
Gum Paste Class, Fizzy Party
Just like making cookies, you roll out the gum paste and cut.  Some people in the class had trouble rolling out the gum paste. I thought this step was easy because it was just like rolling pie dough out for a crust.
Gum Paste Class, Fizzy Party
Once the flowers are cut out, we pulled away the gum paste and added it back to our original piece.  Just like making cookies.  We covered the flowers we weren't working with because gum paste dries out.  Using the ball tool we thinned out the edges and then curled up the petals.
Gum Paste Class, Fizzy Party
My first gum paste flower!  I did it!!
Gum Paste Class, Fizzy Party
Poke a little hole in the middle, add a stamen and you have a flower ready to add to a cake or cupcake.  We didn't colour the gum paste because this was an introductory class. 
Gum Paste Class, Fizzy Party
The beginnings of a rose. We cut a few petals and added them to our rose bud. I didn't think mine was looking very good but my class mates said it looked really good :) Not bad for a first attempt.
Gum Paste Class, Fizzy Party
While we waited for the first layer of rose pedals to dry and adhere to the bud we made a Stephanotis.  I didn't have time to take pictures of the steps.
Gum Paste Class, Fizzy Party
More rose petals added and I think it's looking like a real flower.
Gum Paste Class, Fizzy Party
Time to make the leaves, the Calyx for the rose and the bottom of the Stephanotis flower.
Gum Paste Class, Fizzy Party
The leaf was easy.  Roll out gum paste, cut, place in a mold, squish and done.
Gum Paste Class, Fizzy Party
Finished Stephanotis. I need to practice on this flower.
Gum Paste Class, Fizzy Party
Finished rose with all the petals added.  I was surprised how well it turned out. With some practice and some color I could make a beautiful bouquet of flowers :) 
Gum Paste Class, Fizzy Party

At the beginning of the class I wasn't sure if I would like working with gum paste. I've never been a sculpture.  After class I changed my mind. Mary was a great instructor and working with gum paste is very forgiving.  I'm looking forward to taking the advanced class and learning how to colour the flowers.  Will I ever make figures out of gum paste? Probably not. I've never been good  at making faces in any medium.  I will however be making flowers and adding them to my cupcakes to give them the WOW factor. 

4 comments:

  1. The rose looks lovely! I'm also with you on figures in gum paste, especially with faces, being ok to pass on. But, I can imagine lots of other decorative elements that can be really pretty! I thought gum paste would be harder because it's so thin, but good to know it is forgiving still.

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  2. OrangeMew thank you. I was really surprised how well it turned out. Yeah, I'm sticking to flowers and other decorative elements that don't have faces :) I did tear a few of mine but I think it was because of the box we used as the surface for rolling it out. I wish I would have brought my Silpat. Have fun with it if you decide to play with it :)

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    1. I know right. There's so many fun things I can make to top my cupcakes now.

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