Gumpaste 101: Beginners Basics and Cookie Cutter Flowers

**Excuse the bad pictures :(! I was doing this project at night, and my house lighting is not sexy/flattering at all…**

Frequently my kitchen is a disaster.

I try and blame it on my small apartment kitchen, but let’s be honest…

I’m freakin’ messy.

I’m a 7 bowls out, 9 different spoons, dirty sticky measuring cups, and flour all over my face kinda girl.

And if you think that’s bad, you should see my closet.

Well, no you shouldn’t, because you might not want to be my friend.

But one of the biggest messes I make in the kitchen is when I am doing cupcake decorating. Occasionally, I have friends/family on the side that allow me to bake/make/decorate cupcakes for a special occasion.

I’ve done simple things like baby showers:

To big things like weddings:

I’m no fancy pants, and it’s really just a hobby, but I love to do it. One of my favorite things to use is gumpaste.

Gumpaste is basically sugar, and hardens when dry unlike fondant. It doesn’t taste good, like fondant, and it’s really just for decorations. Primarily, gumpaste can be used for really anything, but it is most often used to make flowers.

Today, I am going to share with you the Beginners of Basic Gumpaste.

Where to start. How it works? and simple cookie cutter flowers.

To start off, you need some gumpaste.

I buy mine pre made from Wilton, because it’s just easier that way. You can definitely make it home made if you would like, but it’s more work.

To start off, just rip off a piece of gumpaste, and roll it into a ball. Gumpaste get’s kind of sticky, so I always have corn starch or powdered sugar near by to rub on my hands.

Next you will need some cookie cutter. ANY cookie cutter will do! If you want to get more into it, you can by really cool cutters online, but they aren’t necessary. These are my favorite cutters so far.

They are gerber daisies, and the cutter is called a plunger. The way it cuts, kind of reminds me of a punch card. You can find them online HERE.

Next you will need food coloring.

There are different brands of food coloring, and you can technically use any of them. BUT, I prefer the gel kinds. The ones you get in the grocery store are really watery (those are the ones with the pointy tops to the right of the picture). The gel colorings are really strong, and a little goes a long way.

When it comes to tinting your gumpaste, simple take a toothpick and insert it into the gel. Just barely dab it in, because a little goes a long way.

Then wipe the toothpick onto the gumpaste.

Roll and knead your dough until the color is fully incorporated into the gumpaste. You can add more coloring if desired.

Next, take a cutting board mat and rub down with powdered sugar. (Any mat will do, just make sure it’s non stick.) Using a small roller (which you can also pick up at a craft store), roll out your gumpaste to desired thickness.

You want it thin..but not too thin.

Next, take your cookie cutters and cut out your shapes.

Don’t worry about all the powdered sugar, you can just brush it off with a little paint brush! 🙂

You can also layer flowers, which I think it really pretty, whether it’s the same color or different color.

Now, in order for them to have more of a flower shape, instead of being perfectly flat, there are two things I like to do.

One, is using a cotton ball. I just lay the flower over it, and let it dry to that shape.

That little gadget next to the flower helps soften the edges by simply thinning it out, like so:

These tools can be found online, or at a local craft store.

I also love to use recycled egg trays. They are perfect for giving flowers shape!

Once the flowers have dried, which could take up to an hour or two, you can glitterize it!! 🙂 My favorite part!

I buy some edible glitter dust from a local store, but it can also be found online HERE.

So to prepare your flowers, first layer them by dabbing a bit of water on top of the bottom layer. Then place the top flower directly on top. The water will make it stick.

Then, to glitterize, simply wet the flower (lightly) with a paintbrush dipped in water.

Then dip your paintbrush in the glitter, and coat the flower until you’ve reached your desired glittery-ness! 🙂

(Glittery-ness is now a word.)

You can also put a dot of frosting in the middle, or what I like to do is use little silver sugar balls, (I buy mine locally, but you can buy those HERE online too.).

You just wet the middle, and press them in!

After you have glitterized it, the flower will be sticky because it’s wet. Leave it to dry again for a few hours or overnight. You can put it back into it’s the egg carton to shape it if you would like. Not the cotton ball because it will stick to it since it’s wet!

There ya have it! SO easy! Come back soon to see what these pretty diva’s are going on top on! 🙂

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  1. This post must have taken you ages with all the stop and starts, step by step photos…thank you! And you are no hobbyist, you could be a professional gum paster…your work is gorgeous!

  2. My favorite part was the GLITTER!

    Can’t wait to see where these are going!

  3. What a great tutorial!! We have something in common because my sister and I bake on the side for special occasions! We did the sweet table for a wedding and I will never do it again. Way too much stress lol!

  4. Omg I have always wanted to know how to do this. I need to hit the craft store next week. I also need fondant. Wonder if I can get that locally. I shall report back if I find the materials. I could not find tulle for that wreath at walmart so I made a list so I can hit the craft store next week. Now adding glitteryness to it.

  5. WOW lady! You are so modest – you are incredibly talented. I am not artistic in this way at all so crafts and food decoration is not my thing, but I have so much respect for those who are good at it. My sister is a real stellar cookie decorator and I’ve been telling her to get into cakes so I’ll send her this tutorial! Thanks Ari!

  6. amazing!!!! you are awesome!!! we usually play with fondant but now intrigued to try gumpaste!!! I love your lesson in teaching us how to use gumpaste! and oh yes our kitchen is usually a mess too!!
    that is what makes baking is all about right, making messes? haha


  7. Edible glitter! That could be really fun (for baking and other things). Arts and crafts, Ari. Get your mind out of the gutter. 😉
    Love your creativity! And my kitchen looks just like that! You should have seen it today. I made pad thai and cookies (both from Mama Pea) and the kitchen was DESTROYED. Enter husband to clean it up. 🙂

  8. PINNING IT!!!!!!!!!!!

    You just made me feel so much better about myself. I am SO messy. Michael came home tonight I was making soup and he was like “”it look like a tornado went off in the kitchen!”

    Thanks for the how to!

  9. You’re magical =) Do you realize that? Tis true. My kitchen looks like yours 99% of the time only with savory splatters instead of sugary/glitzy ones.

    ooh! and you better get your tush over to my blog for my paint giveaway! =) I know how you heart projects like I do! mwah!!!!

  10. Wait, you’re telling me those are edible?!?! Ugh I wish I was that creative! I can’t wait to see more!

  11. Beautiful! I totally make huge messes when I bake/cook 🙂

    Can’t wait to see the finished products!!

  12. These are so beautiful!! Youve got talent!!

  13. These cupcakes look beautiful! I LOVE the flowers, they are so intricate! They look just as good Georgetown cupcakes or Sprinkles!
    Chelsea @ Naturally Sweet Recipes

  14. Thank you for this wonderful tutorial! Your flowers are so pretty! How many days in advance can you make the flowers before you are going to use them on the cupcakes?

  15. Thank you this will work purfectly topping my mini bundt cakes. I love it!

  16. Crazy cake lady says:

    Just a FYI, egg cartons carry bacteria from the outside shell of the egg and should not be used for edible decorations. We had a bakery do this where I live and people actually died from their illness. Sorry for bad news, but I would hate to see your gorgeous work tainted!!

  17. Vanessa Baca says:

    I was wondering where you let the gum paste dry in the refrigerator or out on the counter?

  18. Truly amazing for someone who does it for a hobby…I had to laugh though…I’ve been doing wedding cakes, cupcakes, you name it…my kitchen looks like that almost all the time. By the time I get it cleaned up, I’m starting on a new order. Great work!

  19. Mojisola Alabi says:


  20. You are awesome! I have been looking at thousands of sites, and you are really a MASTER TEACHER!

  21. Kelsie Beaudoin says:

    I’ve painted on top of gum paste with food coloring and now it’s rather sticky. Do you have any suggestions?


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