Gum Paste Gerbera Daisy
This is so exciting! Right?! We’ve already covered calla lilies and regular daisies, so our next stop is to make a few gerbera daisies. Pretty soon we’ll move on to roses and then you’ll be able to make one crazy bouquet of a cake! This one basically follows the same instructions as the original daisy, with just a few modifications. So I hope you don’t mind me doing a bit of copying and pasting here:
- Rolling Pin
- Thick Foam
- Wilton Flower Forming Cups
- Veining Tool
- Brush for dusting
- Ball Tool
- Sunflower Gerbera & Daisy Cutters
- Gumpaste glue
- Palette Knife
All specialty materials can be found in the Dare Store
FOR A SIMPLE DAISY
- Rub a small amount of Crisco on your hands and knead the gumpaste until soft and pliable. Put a very small amount of cornstarch on your celboard so the gumpaste doesn’t stick, roll out gumpaste to approximately 1/8” thick. Place the cutter on the gumpaste and wiggle the cutter to cut through the gumpaste. Press the plunger on the top of the cutter to impress the veins. Pull away the excess gumpaste, lift the cutter (gumpaste should still be on the cutter) and press the plunger to release.
- Place the veining tool, as shown, on the petal and rock back and forth once to widen the petal slightly. Do each petal separately, making sure the petals don’t stick together.
- Place the flower on the thick foam with the veins facing upwards. Using the ball tool, starting at the outer tip of the petal, gently move the ball tool towards the center to create a curl effect.
- This is how your flower should look.
- To make the center, take a small piece of gumpaste and roll into a ball. Using the same size cutter used for the flower, press the gumpaste into the center as shown. Press the plunger to make it easier to remove the center.
- Brush a small amount of gumpaste glue on the bottom of the center (don’t use too much, you don’t want it to appear wet) and place into position. Use the toothpick to make tiny holes to give the center texture.
- Place flower into the flower former to dry. The former will give the flower a slight curve. If you want a flatter flower, lay on a piece of foam to dry.
For a Gerbera Daisy:
The gerbera daisy is actually just a collection of the simpler daisies layered one on top of another. With the exception, of course, of the center – which is only made once. Using your cutters, make 2 of the large daisy petals, 2 of the medium, and 2 of the small. Use gum paste glue to adhere them to one another and stagger the layout of the petals so they’re not all evenly aligned. Attach the center to the daisy and then curl the petals to your liking to form a more open or closed daisy.