- 4 years ago
I noticed some posts asking about making/decorating your own wedding cake and/or cupcakes and I thought I would share my experiences. I made the cupcakes and decorations for both of my siblings weddings (and will most likely be decorating my own cake as well) and I think making your own gumpaste flowers is a great way to save some money and get a look that might have been out of your price range. I have example of some easy ones that even beginners can nail, and more complicated flowers that are do-able but require some time investment:
For my brother’s wedding they had an autumn theme and so for the cupcakes I used gumpaste and a leaf shaped cutter, then painted the leaves with food colouring mixed with vodka (which helps it dry faster). It was very straightforward and fun to do while watching tv or a movie. The best part of gumpaste decorations is that you can make them months and months in advance and work on them whenever you feel like it. I’d even reccomend buying a plain cake or cupcakes and adding your own gumpaste accents
For my sister’s wedding I followed various tutorials for making peonies out of gumpaste and they turned out great. I was initally frightened to pack them and fly them across the country, but they traveled well once they were completely wrapped in toilet paper.
My tips for making a specific flower from gum paste: buy the right cutters! I didn’t have peony shaped cookie cutters and tried making them with a few other shapes. Then the cutters arrived (ordered them online) and the flowers were waaaay easier and way better looking. These were time consuming, but can be made well in advance and you only need a few to make a statement. I was worried they would break in transit so I made almost 4x what we needed. They all survived the trip so her I was able to add peonies to every layer of the tower:
If you’re not comfortable attempting a more complex flower, simple pinch flowers (ones that are cut with a flower shaped cutter and then just pinched to give a bit of shape) add a lot to a cupcake or a cake (especially if you make a ton and cascade them down the cake) and you can punch out tons and tons of these flowers in relatively short time period. I like to pair them with a couple of sugar pearls or a sprinkle of edible glitter
There’s a ton of tutorials on the internet with almost every flower imaginable. If you haven’t worked with gumpaste before, I’d avoid doing anything with wired petals, but the rest are surprisingly do-able.The peonies required hours and hours of time investment, but the pinch flowers and the leaves were easy to stamp out.
Has anyone else done their own gumpaste flowers? I’d love to see other people’s cakes/cupcakes