Making a Huge Gumpaste Rose

This step-by-step guide will teach you how to produce a stunning, flawless huge gumpaste rose from beginning to end.

Creating gumpste flowers (particularly roses) does not have to be difficult. You only need a strategy, and this gumpaste tutorial will walk you through the process of constructing flowers.

Don’t worry if you’ve been frustrated with producing gumpaste flowers. I’m going to share all of my greatest advice with you. There are certain sugar rose tips and tactics that make it easy and feasible to produce lovely flowers for your cakes.

This page has thorough written instructions, a video, and a printed user guide (and yes thats all free).

This is the first of three posts in a series. When you’ve finished your rose, just go on to the next book on the list. Each position is listed below.

  1. Making a Huge Gumpaste Rose (youre here now)
  2. How to Paint a Giant Gumpaste Rose
  3. Gumpaste Rose Leaves: How to Make and Color Them

To begin, there are several methods for making a rose. I’m going to demonstrate what I do. Ideally, it provides you with a good starting point from which you may adapt to what works best for you.

I’ve included screenshots of the instructions below. I’ve also included the items you’ll need as well as some additional advice. There’s also a narrated movie below so you can watch how it’s manufactured.

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Supplies You’ll Need to Make a Large Gumpaste Rose:

  • Gumpaste is required; fondant will not work as well. I usually use Wilton or Satin Ice gumpaste from the supermarket.
  • Rose Petal Cutter Set: Use the three biggest cutters in the set) The following cutters are quite close to what I used: Rose Petal Scissors; And although these cutters seem to be a little broader than what I used, they are an excellent quality and will work just as well: Rose Cutter Set by Ateco
  • Shapers:(This is optional, but theyre really helpful to manipulate the petals about while youre connecting them) (This is optional, but theyre very handy to maneuver the petals around when youre attaching them.)
  • Veiner, Petal: Here’s one that’s similar to mine: Rose Veiner of Petals
  • Ball Equipment: (You dont absolutely HAVE to have this but its really useful in giving your petals a nice curve.)
  • 9-inch Wilton Fondant Rolling Pin or Pasta Roller Accessory (Well, you don’t HAVE to have a pasta roller attachment, but it’s really cool if you do. Using a pasta roller, you may make your gumpaste very thin and uniform.)
  • I normally acquire the paper-covered wires at 18 gauge.
  • Floral duct tape
  • 1 inch styrofoam ball: Attempt to smooth out the crushed styrofoammits.
  • The use of hot glue
  • Wire cutters: Since you may need to trim your cables shorter, acquire the larger ones; they will cut through virtually anything.
  • Shapeable gum paste: (Youll use this with your ball tool to give the petal curves.)
  • Gumpaste molding tool

Let’s get started. Don’t forget to watch the movie at the end to see all of the processes.

Steps for Making the Large Gumpaste Rose:

Making the Base:

To begin with, some individuals like to create their rosebuds out of gumpaste. If I’m building a tiny rose, that’s alright, but when you’re constructing a giant rose, it makes for a hefty bloom.

Some like to use styrofoam cones, which may be purchased at cake decorating supply shops. None of these stores around me have them in stock, and to be honest, I occasionally forget to order them.

I devised this approach of just utilizing a one-inch styrofoam ball, which works just as well and is much simpler to locate, as well as quite inexpensive.

Then, use flowery tape to connect three 18 gauge wires. The styrofoam balls usually have a hole in the bottom. If yours does not, just poke a hole in it with a skewer or your wires.

(Oh, and try to purchase the more compressed styrofoam balls; they tend to work better. On the supplies list, I’ve included a link to them.)

Then, spray in some hot glue and insert the taped-together wires. Let it to totally firm up.

Again, we’re using styrofoam to keep your bloom from being too heavy.

Making the Petals and Putting it Together:

We’ll be utilizing the set’s three biggest petal cutters.

The Bud:

To begin, sprinkle cornstarch on your rolling surface to prevent your petals from sticking. Next, lay out your gumpaste very thin.

If you have a pasta roller attachment, I recommend rolling them out at the number five setting. If you don’t have one, use your little fondant roller instead.

Initially, I’ll mention that I normally broaden my petal cutters. I simply slightly separate them.

Use your biggest petal cutter (I know, it seems strange to use the largest cutter), and cut off one petal. This is your buddy.

Thin the edges with a ball tool or a fondant roller using your foam mat (the firmerone).

Insert the petal into the veiner and push.

With a dab of water, attach the petal to the styrofoam ball. Wrap it around the ball and let the cone stick out.

Make adjustments with your fondant tool. It will need some tinkering to get it exactly right.

Just place the flower in a block of foam while working on the following petals.

The First Round of Petals:

Roll out your gumpaste like you did for the bud for the initial round of petals. Cut three petals using the smallest petal cutter.

Using your fondant roller, thin the edges.

They should be veined.

Curl the edges back with a toothpick.

Turn the petal face down on the soft foam and cup the centre a little with a big ball tool or your fondant roller.

Using a little water, wrap the petals around the bud. The curls will face out.

If possible, overlap them slightly and make sure the top of the petals is little higher than the bud you just formed.

Set the flower stem into the foam while you work on the following round.

The Second Round of Petals:

Roll out your gumpaste again for the second set of petals. Cut out three petals with the next biggest size petal (your middle size).

Thin and vein the edges. Curl the edges with a toothpick, then flip them face down and cup the centre with your ball tool.

Just connect them as you did before. Be careful to connect each petal where the petals you’ve already attached meet.

Attempt to overlap them slightly and make sure the tips of the petals are little higher than the previous batch of petals. (This is vital since the centre of your rose will seem too high, giving it an odd appearance.)

Don’t be concerned about the styrofoam ball’s bottom right now. That will be covered eventually.

After those petals are in place, place your flower in some foam and continue with the next set of petals.

The Third Round of Petals:

Use your biggest petal cutter to cut out five petals on this row.

Thinning the margins, veining them, curving the edges, and cupping the centre are the same as for the other petals.

We’re going to take one more step here. Take five teaspoons and arrange your petals on top. Make sure your petals’ curled edges are facing down.

Let the petals on the spoons for around 15 to 20 minutes to harden up a little. But don’t let them entirely dry out.

Next, using a touch of water, connect them to the rose. You don’t need to wet the whole petal, only the bottom and the sides.

Before attaching them, make sure to overlap them and that the tops are level with the row preceding them.

Let your flower to dry somewhat before beginning the last cycle.

The Fourth Round of Petals:

We’re on a roll now. This is the last round. (Of course, if you want a truly full rose, you can always do one more cycle after this.)

Cut out seven petals using the biggest cutter and repeat the previous procedure.

Thin them, vein them, twist the edges, and place them on tablespoons as previously. Let 15 to 20 minutes for them to settle.

Just connect them to your rose, being care to overlap them as you go. At this stage, it’s easier to connect your roses upside down.

The tips of the petals in this row should be a bit lower than the petals in the previous row.

When I connect them while holding the rose upside down, I find that if I just line the tip of the petal up to the bottom of the styrofoam ball, it ends up being approximately the perfect height.

Drying the Rose:

You won’t be able to simply insert it back into the foam after you’ve added the petals since the petals will flop down. You may bend the wire and hang it upside down over a larger cooling rack, or you can place a piece of soft foam over a tall glass and pierce the wires through it, allowing the rose to lay on top of the foam.

If you go that way, just place some foam or paper towel beneath the rose petals to prevent them from falling too far. This approach, which I prefer, will give your rose a more open appearance.

Important Petal Height Note:

My most crucial piece of advice is to ensure that your petal height is right. This will either make or destroy your rose. It simply looks strange if the centre is too high.

You want the rows to look like this:

  1. The first row is just little taller than the bud.
  2. The second row is taller than the previous one.
  3. The third row is the same height as the second row, or somewhat higher.
  4. The fourth (and last) row is lower than the third.

Be sure you watch the video below to see all of the processes.

So you got through it! Yeah! I realize I went into a lot of detail, but I wanted to make it as obvious as possible.

Printable Reference Guide:

Do you want a short reference guide for constructing the giant gumpaste rose that you can print for free? Just click the picture or button below to begin downloading.

Large gumpaste rose printable reference guide

Additionally, don’t forget to check out the following connected topics and videos:

  1. How to Paint a Giant Gumpaste Rose
  2. Gumpaste Rose Leaves: How to Make and Color Them
  3. Attaching Gumpaste Flowers to Cakes

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How far in advance can you make gum paste flowers?

The gum paste dries fast. Wrap in plastic wrap and place in a plastic bag. At room temperature, it will keep for up to two weeks.

How do you make large fondant roses without cutters?

Important moments
Cut a piece of fondant for the foundation.
Shape the dough into a cone shape.
Take 9 tiny pieces of fondant…
Form each into a ball.
Make a circle out of one of the fondant balls.
Wrap the first petal around the cone.
Attach the next circle to the cone by flattening it.
Additional information…•Jan 19, 2018

What is the maximum size of a rose?

Roses vary in size from small 8-inch miniatures to tree climbing giants reaching 50 feet or more. Hybrid tea roses may reach heights of 4 to 6 feet, while floribundas can reach heights of 3 to 4 feet. The most common pillar and climbing roses grow to be 8 to 15 feet tall.

How many petals does a big rose have?

Although there is no precise solution, there is a reasonable range of possibilities. A rose has 20 to 40 petals, depending on the type, therefore one rose may produce 1 to 2 cups of petals.

Will gumpaste flowers melt on buttercream?

Yes, you may apply gum paste embellishments on buttercream and leave them overnight. Nevertheless, your room temperature cannot be too warm; this is bad for the buttercream.

Why don’t you put Gumpaste flowers in the refrigerator?

Sugarflowers may be refrigerated, although we recommend keeping them in the fridge for as little time as possible. Sugarflowers will be progressively broken down by the moisture and condensation of ordinary high traffic refrigerators.

Is it better to use gumpaste or fondant for flowers?

Gum paste is a soft and malleable sugar dough that dries totally hard, unlike fondant. This makes it ideal for crafting intricate cake decorations like as roses, daisies, and other flowers.

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