So, I thought I’d type up a quick daisy tutorial for those of you who might want to try it out someday (free video tutorial version, down below). Putting several of them on a plain cake can really transform it into a simple, yet elegant, thing of beauty! Even just popping one on a cupcake is very satisfying. It’s not hard at all, and you can purchase a daisy cutter inexpensively online.
- white and yellow gumpaste or fondant (I use Satin Ice gumpaste.)
- toothpick and/or skewer (or Wilton stick tool)
- three different sized daisy cutters (or just one if you’d rather)
- foam pad (or a soft fabric)
- small bowl or flower former
- powdered sugar
For this tutorial, you’ll need three different sized daisy cutters (you can purchase them in a pack of three) but if you only have one size and don’t want to buy any more, you can skip the layers around the center and just do two or three of the one size that you have to make the large petals. Refer to the pictures if I’m confusing you. 🙂
I’ve also used a mold to create the center of the daisy, but you don’t need to have one. Instead, you can just roll a ball of yellow gumpaste (or fondant) in your hand and flatten it a bit ’till it’s about the size of the circle in the center of your largest daisy cutter. (Use a tiny bit of yellow gel food color and work it into your gumpaste to get it yellow. Use just a touch of shortening and some disposable gloves on your hands while kneading.) Then, just use a toothpick to poke several tiny holes all over it until it looks how you’d like it to.
Then, start cutting out the petals using your cutters. To save time, I roll out the white gumpaste rather large and thin (I use ashaker filled with powered sugar to sprinkle on my surface as needed so that the gumpaste won’t stick) so I can cut out as many layers as possible. Before you remove the cutter from the gumpaste after pressing down, try to flip the cutter (with the gumpaste still in it) over and run your finger along the edges of the cutter to insure you have nice, smooth edges to your petals. You’ll need need two layers of each size. If you cut them all out at the same time, you’ll need to cover them with plastic so that they don’t dry out. VERY IMPORTANT.
Now you need a wooden skewer (or a toothpick) or something similar. I use a stick tool that came in my Witlon gumpaste tool kit. Place one layer of your smallest sized petals on your foam pad or washcloth. Then, use your skewer and place it over each petal, one at a time, and gently roll it from side to side to form the petal. (You’ll have to do this for each layer, but don’t do them all at once. Wait ’till it’s time to move on to that layer.)
After you’ve rolled the petals on one of the smallest layers, you want to use a pair of scissors to snip each petal in half, but DO NOT snip all the way to the center. Just go about 2/3 of the way for each petal. (I forgot to snip the petals first in the above pic, so I just did it after I stuck them to the sides.) Then, use a little water (or edible glue which can be made by dissolving a little piece of fondant in a bit of warm water) and rub some in the middle of the layer of petals. Place your yellow flower center on top of the layer of petals, in the middle. Rub a little water around the edge of the center so that the petals will stick when you gently raise them and press them against the center. Follow the same steps for the other layer of petals in this size.
You actually do the exact same thing for the two layers of the next size petals. I like to use a flat tool (you can use a butter knife) to help lift the petals to attach them to the center.
Now, onto the last size petals, your largest. (If you’re only using THIS size for your flower, this is the step you want to skip to after you’ve made your yellow center.) Just roll the petals with the stick for these last two layers, DO NOT cut them. Once you’ve rolled the first layer, apply water to the middle and place the center with the previously attached petals on it, onto the middle of this layer. Don’t attach these petals around the center like you did the other layers. Now do the same thing with the last layer, but try to make sure the petals of the previous layer don’t line up with the petals of this layer…try to offset them a bit. I KNOW this sounds confusing, but hopefully the pictures will help to explain.
It would be good to let the whole flower dry in something a bit rounded, like a small bowl or something similar. Just be sure to apply a little powdered sugar to whatever you use so the flower won’t stick to it. I use a flower former, that can be purchased at the same website (global sugar art) I mentioned above. You could let it dry flat, but it won’t look as realistic in the end.
Let each flower dry for at least a day so that the petals don’t break when you move it off the former. VOILA! You have a beautiful Gerber daisy! You can make them in all different sizes and colors, and if you have a little green edible dust you can even apply a light dusting around the edge of the centers to give them some dimension.
Here’s the video version of this daisy tutorial that I’ve got up on my YouTube channel!
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Have fun! (And when everyone oohs and awws, say, “Oh, that’s just a li’l somethin’ I threw together.” 😉
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