Saturday, 21 May 2011

Tutorial: How to Make Quick & Easy Gumpaste Roses


Once you get the hang of these roses, you can start making them quite quickly.
Roses can be stored in an air-tight container for up to 12-months.

I have to say that this is the way that I make roses, and perhaps is not the way others might make them.

What you will need:

Non-stick mat, non-stick rolling pin, paintbrush, water, spatula, dusting pouche filled with corn starch, some gumpaste (I have used fondant with a little Tylose added) and a round cutter. I have used a 20mm cutter for this tutorial, but you can use any size cutter depending on what size you want your finished rose to be. 

You can also use flower modelling paste to make your rose
Roll your gumpaste using corn starch to stop it from sticking
to about 2-3mm thick. Cut out 7 circles using your round cutter.
Keep your circles under a glass or cup to stop them from
drying out. Store unused gumpaste in plastic or clingwrap.
Working with one circle at a time, squeeze the top half of the
circle between you thumb and forefinger.
Once squeezed, your gumpaste should be about the
same thickness as a real rose petal.
To make the core of your rose, gently roll your
circle inwards to create this spiral
Use your paintbrush to add a tiny amount of water to seal
the petal in the spiral shape. Don't add too much water or
you will end up with a sticky mess!
Working with one petal a time, squeeze the top edge of the
circles to make more petals. Place the new petal over the centre
of the join of the rose core. Wrap the petal around the core.
Use a paintbrush with a little water to get them to stick
Keep adding squeezed petals, overlapping the centre of the
new petals where the previous petals have met 
Slowly add more petals and your rose is starting to take shape

Once you have added all the petals, tease the petals open using your fingers 
Trip the bottom of use rose using a spatula or knife,
so that you have a flat-bottom on your rose 
That's your rose finished! 
I made my rose into a cupcake topper, by adding a
white fondant plate on the bottom and a bow that
I made from a silicone mold. Let your rose and
topper dry hard uncovered, overnight
Then add your topper to a delicious cupcake and don't they look great!

Good luck with this tutorial - I hope you have fun.

Until next time


  1. These are so cute! I love making roses.

  2. Wow, you have a lovely blog!!! That cupcake looks gorgeous.

  3. Wow ... Very pretty ?? Which bow cutter have u used ?