FYI: Gum Paste Carnations

23 Jun

As promised, we’re going to get back to our FYI: Gum Paste series now that we know everything we need to do harvest, jam, puree and freeze local strawberries. Don`t forget the newest Cookie Cup: Strawberry Shortcake.

In our first FYI: Gum Paste posts I showed you some of the basic and best tools to use as well as how to simply make gum paste. In the second post we did a fun little project, learning how to colour, roll out, texturize, and extrude gum paste, as well as how to cut out letters. Today we are going to dive into one of the most rewarding ways we can use gum paste: flowers.

Gum Paste Carnations

If you haven`t worked with gum paste before it`d be a good idea to check out the second FYI: Gum Paste post to become familiar with some basic tips and tricks. If you have any questions about the tools needed to make these carnations check out the first FYI: Gum Paste post.

Carnations are a great first flower to start with. They are relatively simple, and their ruffly, frilly nature make them fairly forgiving for a beginner. These are perfect to add to the side or top of a cake. I`ll be using mine for accents on some pretty garrett frills I`m putting on a wedding cake in the future.

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7 Responses to “FYI: Gum Paste Carnations”

  1. Rachel June 29, 2010 at 9:24 pm #

    Wow, those are incredible! I hope I have the chance to try this soon. Talk about a show-stopper! Thanks so much, I’ll be linking.

    • Cheyanne June 30, 2010 at 10:36 am #

      As always thanks for the kind words Rachel. I hope you get to play with gum paste soon too, it’s so addictive, and easier than you would think.

      • Farzana July 4, 2010 at 1:49 am #

        Is it possible to use the gum-tex mix to make these flowers? These are so awesome. I’ve just started out and will be investing in these tools. What other brand besides Wilton is there to get this stuff? I usually see the Wilton brand at Michaels.

      • Cheyanne July 4, 2010 at 9:10 am #

        Hi Farzana!

        The Gum-Tex that you can buy from Michaels (the wilton brand) is an ingredient to make your own gum paste. There should be a recipe on the back. It’s a little more complicated (you need Glucose which you can pick up at Michael’s too) than the Gum Paste mix (where you only add water and powdered sugar) but you can definitely still use it.

        I know right now Duff from Ace of Cakes it starting to come out with a huge line of cake related tools that are available at Michaels. Personally I like to buy a lot of my items on There is an amazing array of sugar art tools (its easy to get overwhelmed) but they have much higher quality stuff than the Wilton brand offers.

        Let me know if you have any other questions!

  2. Farah July 12, 2010 at 2:13 am #

    Very beautiful carnations, You use gum base for making flowers and I used to play with ceramic powder,dought flower making is my hobby

    you can check at the above address, I would love if you spare some time for me…
    Thanks for the tutorial… Love

    • Cheyanne July 14, 2010 at 2:29 pm #

      Hi Farah, thanks for the kind words. I’ve checked out your work too, lovely. It’s amazing how similar working with gum paste and fondant is to working with ceramic and clay.

  3. Ijay June 28, 2011 at 12:52 pm #

    Thanks for this idea. I’ve already started a set of gum paste carnation with a recipe i got in a flower making set, but i’m not getting the frill. I guess yours will be a lot easier.

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