**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! :-)