DIY Tutorial - How to Make Gumpaste Flowers

by Jillian Leslie on

How beautiful is this ruffle cake Betheny T made for her daughter Alice’s 1st Birthday. What I love the most are those magnificent gumpaste flowers. Wow, takes the cake to a whole new level, doesn’t it?

Well, here’s a tutorial Betheny put together showing how she made those beautiful flowers… Thank you, Betheny!


  • A set of round cutters (close-up shown below) {or you can find concentric circular shapes around your house and use those as a template, cutting them out with an Exacto knife}
  • Cornstarch
  • Wilton Ready-to-Use Gumpaste {or mix}
  • 2 sizes of silver, metallic dragees – close-up also shown below. (For the smaller size, I used the tiniest dragges that I could find!)
  • Wilton Piping Gel
  • Small rolling pin (again, from Wilton)
  • Tweezers
  • A fondant and gumpaste ball tool (2 are shown but you only need 1)
  • Thin foam pad (Wilton)
  • Wilton Practice board OR a ziploc baggie.
  • Small parchment paper bag filled with the said Piping gel. ๐Ÿ˜‰ Tutorial here {In the video, she cuts her triangle in half. I make mine even smaller by cutting it in half AGAIN to have more control of the bag}.
  • *Food coloring is optional depending on what color you want your flowers. You just add it to your gumpaste and kneed it before beginning. ๐Ÿ˜‰

Here are the dragees (little metallic balls) in two sizes…

Select the size cutters that you want. {I used every other size in my set and you can make this flower with as many layers as you want!!}

Get a boulder-sized {‘boulder’ as in way back in the day of playing marbles} ball of gumpaste.

With a super-thin coat of cornstarch on your mat (or surface; you really don’t need the mat) and rolling pin, roll out your gumpaste as THIN as you can get it. I’m talking, PAPER THIN.

Cut out your circles and place them under the practice board (or ziploc baggie) to keep them from drying out.

Kneed the excess gumpaste and place it back in it’s original bag.

Place the largest circle on your thin foam pad and place your ball tool half-way onto the foam and half-way onto the gumpaste.

Make sure you have a thin layer of cornstarch on your ball tool and with a fluid motion, rub tool around your gumpaste’s edge to create the ruffled edge.

As you finish each circle, use your piping bag to adhere each circle to the next.

To make the dragee center, place a (very small) pea-sized drop of piping gel in the center of your smallest flower.

With your tweezers, place a large dragee in the center of the piping gel drop.

Through trial and error, I have found that the easiest way to place the teeny-tiny dragess in place is to pour a few around the center dragee…

…then sort them with your tweezers.

Let the flower dry at least 8 hours before assembling them on the cake {or cupcake! They make SUPER cute cupcake toppers!}.

Happy baking, everyone!

Beautiful, Betheny! Thank you so much for letting me post your tutorial. To learn more about Betheny and read about all her creative adventures, visit her blog, The Tomseth Family.

And if you make gumpaste flowers for your next cake, please send photos, I’d love to post them!



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    Chaly's Cakes and Delights wrote:

    Cute! thank you for the tutorial, I shared to my facebook page... elegant and stylish! visit my page please...

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    Miss Cuisine wrote:

    It's great ! I shared it on my french blog.

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    Ces wrote:

    thank you for this!

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    Stephanie wrote:

    Beautiful!! Thank you so much for sharing! I tried them this weekend and they were perfect!

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    um manal wrote:

    hi welcome wooooooooow

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    sarah wrote:

    How did you attach the large flowers to the cake? Are the cake ruffles fondant or gumpaste? Looks beautiful!

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    alysa wrote:

    gorgeous!how do you get yours to ruffle? mine just get really thin.

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    Marie wrote:

    These arent too hard to make. Even made my own gel. However, I'm with alysa, how did u get yours so fluted? Mine were either flattened or I left indentations in them. Is there a special " flick of the wrist" I need to do?

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    Skye H wrote:

    They are beautiful! Thank you for this

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    Nidia M wrote:

    tienes unas manos maravillosa gracias por deleitarnos con estas preciocidades

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    Preeti22 M wrote:

    OMG.This ruffle cake is so adorable.Thanks for sharing tutorial about gum paste flowers.It would be a great fun to try this out with my little dd.

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    Julie R wrote:

    How do u fasten the flowers to the cake? Such as the pink ruffle cake, the large flower on top wasn't too heavy for just frosting in the back of it?

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    Kurri S wrote:

    Very effective, thank. keep shaing