This is the 9th Video in a 10 Part Series on making gumpaste flowers that are beginner-friendly.
This step-by-step gumpaste Rose Bouquet and Rose Bowl Cake Topper Video Tutorial show everything you need to know as if you were in the classroom with me with nothing left out.
You will also be shown how to assemble the parts and make them into an arrangement to put onto a cake.
If you prefer to read, this blog post has everything you need to start.
I’ve also included references to key points in the video that need to be shown rather than explained.
NOTE: This video is number nine in a series of ten videos. If you are a beginner at making gumpaste flowers, then start with the first one, “Gumpaste Rose,” and work your way through them, and you will learn the basic techniques enabling you to make a range of gumpaste sugar flowers and leaves.
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To give you as much practice as possible and, at the same time, make something that you can use on a cake, this tutorial is another chance to perfect your rose making skills and also practice how to arrange them.
Arranging flowers is an essential part of flower making, so getting used to handling the smallest flowers without breaking them is a skill worth learning.
For The Rose Bouquet, you will need some tiny roses, small rose leaves, gumpaste, glue, and florist tape.
I have wrapped the bouquet in a piece of ‘paper’ (or rather some gumpaste made to look like paper) the same way as you would buy real flowers from a florist.
For the Rose Bowl cake topper, you will need some tiny roses, small rose leaves, florist wires, glue, gumpaste, and a small container. I bought my container in a cake supply shop, but if you can’t find one like the one I have used, I am sure you could find something similar in a craft shop or even use a small wine or sherry glass.
It’s worth making cake toppers because buying one made with gumpaste is quite expensive, and they do make a cake look very special.
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The Rose Bouquet
The size of the bouquet you make will depend on your cake’s size. If you want a bouquet of mini flowers for a larger cake, you could double the number of roses and use a larger piece of “paper” or use the roses we used in the quick rose tutorial or bigger roses for a large bouquet.
Making the Bouquet
I’ve made the roses for this bouquet by the quick method using a 1″/2½ cm dia blossom cutter. I’ve used the quick method of making roses that I showed you in Video 3, “How to Make a Gumpaste Formal Rose.” It has the curled center, which makes the first petal, and then I have made these roses smaller by adding just two petals for the next row and then three petals for the third row.
I’ve used a reduced number of petals for the roses because if I used more petals, the roses would be too big for both these pőrojects. Refer to Video at 00:11
I’ve made a quick calyx made with a seed pod using a small ball of gumpaste.
You can find out how to make a quick calyx in my blog post “How to Make a Gumpaste Wild Rose” Video 2
I’m starting by taping three flowers together, which will form the back of the bouquet. Refer to Video at 01:24
For the next row, I am taping on two roses slightly lower and between the back ones. Refer to Video at 01:55
Again, I’m putting the final rose slightly lower and in the middle of the previous two. Refer to Video at 02:30
Adding leaves to the bouquet
I’ve now used the six roses I need for my bouquet.
Next, I’m adding some rose leaves around the outside of the roses, just the same as the florist would do if you were buying a bunch of roses for someone.
This cake topper is quite unusual, but it’s an excellent idea for a Birthday or Anniversary cake.
I’ve taped two leaves I’ve at the back of the roses. Refer to Video at 03:27
I’m sliding a leaf down the middle and slightly to the left between the roses. Then one slightly to the right. Refer to Video at 03:35
When you start adding the leaves, you will realize how essential the florist’s tape is because as you position the leaves, they stay in place while you tape them together. If no tape were used, then the flowers and leaves would slip all over the place, making it very difficult to arrange them.
They are now in place so that I can tape them together.
Next, in front of the roses, I’m adding a leaf with the front of the leaf facing the flowers so that when I tape it on, I can fold the leaf over, and the veined side is visible. Refer to Video at 04:14.
I am placing four more leaves in precisely the same way across the front of the roses and taping them on.
I’ve used six roses and eight rose leaves, so there are not many flowers to make to produce this impressive little bouquet.
I’m setting the roses and the leaves aside for the moment. So you can see how it’s made. I’ve left the roses loose in the “wrapping paper.”
Now I am trimming the ends of the roses into a wastebasket because you have to be very careful when you’re making flowers to collect all the pieces of wire you trim off. After all, you don’t want any chance of wire getting into your cakes. Refer to Video at 06:28
Once you have trimmed the stem of the bunch of roses, wrap it with another layer of florist’s tape to make sure any exposed wire is covered.
Wrapping the bouquet in “paper.”
I have the finished bunch of roses and leaves that I’m wrapping in gumpaste “paper.”
I’m taking some yellow gumpaste, kneading it, and using a little cornflour to dust it; I am rolling it out.
It’s a little warm today, so I am using a little more cornflour than I would typically use, but being careful not to use too much in case I dry out the paste too much.
The paste needs to be rolled out quite thinly and evenly but not extra thin, so I can’t work with it.
I’m cutting a square from the rolled paste approximately 3 ½ “/ 8cm x 3 ½ “/ 8cm. Refer to Video at 08:36
I’m using a rule and a knife to cut the square, taking time to measure it accurately, making sure it is level, then holding the rule firmly and pressing the knife through the paste to make sure I have a clean cut.
If you are not happy about using a rule and knife straight onto the gumpaste, then make a cardboard template and lay it onto the rolled out gumpaste and, holding it securely, cut around the edges of the cardboard.
Once I’ve cut out the square and put the surplus paste away, I’m making sure the edges of the square are smooth and even. Refer to Video at 10:20
Making the “paper” cone
I’m making a cone shape out of the gumpaste “paper” by first turning the paste, so it is in a ‘diamond’ position on my board. Then I’m taking the left-hand corner and folding it about three-quarters of the way over the paste, folding the right-hand corner over the first one, and folding the two corners in the center back about ½ “/3 cm. Refer to Video at 10:36
Next, I’m unfolding the “paper” slightly and placing the roses onto it, and refolding the gumpaste around the flowers. I’m now painting some glue along the outside edge of the left-hand side of the “paper” and along the inside edge of the right-hand side the “paper,” then pressing them together to form the gumpaste into a cone shape around the flowers. Refer to Video at 11:00
To finish it off, I’m also sticking a tiny satin ribbon bow onto the front of the bouquet, or you could make one out of gumpaste or leave it without any more decoration, whichever you prefer.
That has finished the Bouquet of Roses.
The Rose Bowl
I’m using similar roses for this Rose Bowl to the ones I used for the Rose Bouquet,
I’ve used the quick method of making roses with the curled center, which makes the first petal, and I’ve made them with a 1”/2½ cm dia blossom cutter and made them smaller by adding just two petals for the next row and then three petals for the third row.
I’ve used a reduced number of petals for the roses because the roses would be too big for this project if I used more petals. Refer to Video at 00:11
To find out how to make the roses and the ribbon picks, see my blog post “How to Make a Gumpaste Formal Rose” Video 3
I’ve used a quick calyx for the roses made with a seed pod using a small ball of gumpaste.
To find out how to make a quick calyx and seed pod, see my blog post “How to Make a Gumpaste Wild Rose” Video 2
This cake topper would be perfect for a wedding cake or any celebration cake.
Preparing the bowl
First, I’m starting with preparing the bowl. I’m using a piece of flower paste the size of a golf ball for my container (adjust the amount of gumpaste for the container you are using).
After dusting my hands with cornflour, I’m rolling the gumpaste into a ball with my hands. Now I’m painting some glue on the base of the container. Refer to Video at 12:56
Next, I’m placing the ball of gumpaste into the container and slightly flattening it.
I’m arranging the flower and leaves in the ball of gumpaste, so that is why the gumpaste needs to be glued to the base of the container, so the flowers don’t tip out.
Ideally, at this stage, I would leave it uncovered for a couple of hours to give the glue time to dry a bit and the gumpaste time to harden slightly on the outside, making it more stable to arrange my flowers.
Don’t leave it too long because you won’t be able to insert the flower stems into the gumpaste if it’s too dry.
If you haven’t got time to wait for it to dry slightly, then be careful as you arrange the flowers because the ball of gumpaste may come out of the container.
I have prepared six small full roses, twelve small rose leaves, four small blossom leaves, and four small, white ribbon picks.
Arranging the roses
I’m starting by arranging four of the roses in the gumpaste. First, I’ll trim the wires on these four roses to about 1¾“/4cm in length, and I’m carefully putting the trimmings into a waste bin.
I’m placing the first rose into the gumpaste, so the edge of the rose is on the edge of the container, and another one on the opposite side is placed in precisely the same way. The other two roses go between them, also on the edge of the container. I now have four roses at equal distance around the container. Refer to Video at 14:13
Now I’m putting the last two roses into the top of the gumpaste. They need to be just above the others, forming a dome shape. The wires need trimming, but I must be careful not to cut the wires too short at first. I can adjust the wires’ length until I achieve the dome shape I want. Refer to Video at 14:46
Adding the leaves
Next, I will fill in the space between the roses with the leaves.
Because of the arrangement’s small size, I should use tweezers to place the leaves where I want them.
I’m filling the spaces between the roses with the leaves and adjusting the wires’ length as I go so I keep the dome shape. I’ve added some blossom leaves, which are a lighter green, to give it a bit of color variation. Refer to Video at 15:18
Now that I am satisfied with the roses’ position and the leaves, I’m adding the ribbon picks. To make it easier to insert the pick I get hold of it with my tweezers and insert it into the gumpaste. I then do the same with the other three. Refer to Video at 18:50
The last thing I’ll do is arrange the leaves so that all the white gumpaste is covered and I’ve finished the Rose Bowl.
I’ve used white gumpaste to mount the flowers so that it’s easier for you to see what I am doing, but generally, for a darker arrangement such as this, I would use some dark green gumpaste.
As I said about the Rose Bouquet, if you wanted a larger arrangement, you could always put more roses in a larger container or make the roses larger.
This rose bowl is quick to make because it doesn’t require a vast quantity of flowers and leaves. It would be suitable for a wedding cake or any celebration cake.