I’m so excited to share another cake tutorial with you guys. Gumpaste flowers are SO much fun! And they really add something special to a cake. I’ve done Gumpaste Ranunculus a few times recently and I am really happy with how they look! Such a pretty flower! I’ve loved the freedom of creating my own wedding cakes recently!
I love the darker colors of the ranunculus from this edible sequins cake (see the edible sequins tutorial here) but I think I should have done a few less rows, the smaller one looks more realistic to me. Next time I’ll do another ombre ranunculus that’s smaller.
Start with your center! This is a 1 inch styrofoam ball with some 18 gauge covered wire stuck into it. Get the ball wet, shake off the excess, then wrap it with some of the green fondant (I used avocado for color).
Once it’s wrapped completely I roughed up the top by using another styrofoam ball to create texture. But you can also use small, sharp, scissors to make some cut marks, both versions work.
I bought this cutter set, but you can see how narrow it is (the petal). I wanted wider petals for this flower so I actually bought TWO sets and using needle nose pliers I widened an entire set to create fatter petals. You can see how much wider (and also shorter) they are once I do it here.
Using the same shade of green, or one shade lighter for the ombre effect, cut out small petals just shorter than the height of the center ball. Once you cut them out using the thick flower foam and a extra large ball tool dimple each petal (6 for each center).
Brush clear vanilla or vodka around the center ball then overlapping place each petal on. I usually stick the first petal on halfway, wrap around then fill the last petal into the opening of the first petal then lay that first petal down, that way each petal is tucked in.
Moving up a petal size you are going to do the same thing around, but this time with the color!
Using the same sized petal do two more rows! Easy peasy.
I moved up another petal size for the last few rows. By this time the petals are large enough that it’s hard to get the same curve out of the petals. Work in smaller batches for cutting out and using the ball tool at this point because you want soft gumpaste for flexibility so it it curves without ripping.
Then place the curved petals into a spoon while your working so it can hold the shape and start to dry before adding it to the flower. You can do all the petals (if you have enough spoons) at this point.
I did three more rows at this size petal! You can see by this point the petals are large enough to come all the way around the back to the covered wire! The petals stay around the same height, but those last few petals start to come lower down the sides, but not too much!
Hang the flower upside down while it dries so it doesn’t open up too much. the tighter it is the more realistic it’s going to look.
This ombre Ranunculus is actually much bigger, even though it only has 1 extra row (a 2nd green row) it’s because I used the cutters while they were still narrow, making them bigger made a huge difference.
I also left more space between all the rows, while in the orange one the rows are tighter and I love the effect. I can’t wait to do another ombre one but tighter so it’s smaller and looks better.
So next gumpaste flower tutorial - do you want to see the Peony, Rose or the Dahlia?