This is the 8th Video in a 10 Part Series on making gumpaste flowers that are beginner-friendly.
This step-by-step gumpaste Rose Ring Cake Topper Video Tutorial shows 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.
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I’ve also included references to key points in the video that need to be shown rather than explained.
NOTE: This video is number eight 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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Cake toppers are expensive to buy. However, they are quite easy to make, and if you have followed the videos from the beginning, you will now have all the information you need to make this Rose Ring Cake Topper.
It’s is an attractive cake topper made of roses, blossoms, and simple leaves.
I’ve used miniature roses, and making them will give you more practice in handling the gumpaste and give you the confidence to make roses of all sizes.
Making a cake topper yourself is much more economical than buying it as one similar to this Rose Ring would cost around 65 USD.
You could make it into an arch instead of a ring as it’s fashionable to have a modern version of a bride and groom standing under a flower arch, and to buy one ready-made would cost around 150 USD.
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Flowers for making the Rose Ring
I’ve made the roses by the quick method for this flower ring using a blossom cutter and made them the same way as I would a larger rose.
The roses are a miniature version of the roses I made for the Formal Quick Rose in Video 3. They are tiny, about the size of my thumbnail. Refer to Video at 00:20
The cutter I’ve used is ¾”/2 cm diameter. Refer to Video at 00:40
The leaves are the ones that I used to make the Cherry Blossom branch in Video 5.
I’ve used blossoms made with the large-sized plunger cutter, from the set of cutters I used to make the blossoms for the Blue Blossom Crescent in Video 6.
If you’ve followed the videos on my blog in order, you will already know how to make the roses, blossoms, and leaves shown in Videos 3, 5 & 6. If you don’t know how to make them, the videos’ links are above.
I am not going to show you how to make them again as the purpose of this video is to show you how to assemble them into a ring (or, if you prefer, an arch)
To make the ring, I used 40 leaves – 20 made with my smallest cutter and 20 of the next size up, or you can make them all the same size, 12 double blossom yellow picks, 12 double blossom white picks, and 12 red roses.
Starting the ring
I’m starting with a piece of 18 gauge floral wire. You can buy this in most cake supply shops, but if you can’t get any, use three 24g wires together to make a sturdy base on which to assemble the ring.
I’ve made a small loop at one end of the wire, and with a pair of pliers, I have twisted the end of the wire around, making sure no wire is sticking out that I can catch my fingers on while I tape on the flowers and leaves. Refer to Video at 02:00
I’ve marked the center of the wire length with a small piece of tape and divided the leaves, blossoms, and roses into two equal parts. I’ve put one part aside and will work with the other one.
Remember, leave enough stem before you tape the flowers onto the ring so that you can arrange each flower and leaf in the way you want them to look, and they don’t look too tight to the main stem.
With some green florist tape, I’m starting by attaching a leaf. I’m covering three-quarters of the wire loop with the leaf and making sure I cover the wire with tape because I don’t want to see it when I put the ring together.
That’s why I made sure I wrapped the wire around properly when I made the loop, so I don’t cut my fingers when I start taping on the flowers and leaves. Refer to Video at 02:47
Next, I’m adding another leaf and then, slightly lower, a yellow blossom pick. Refer to Video at 03:28
Now, a little lower, I’m adding a white blossom pick. Refer to Video at 03:58
I’m adding a rose next, slightly lower on the main stem. I haven’t put any calyxes on the roses because they are all facing outwards, and the back of the roses won’t be seen. However, if you want to finish them off properly, add the calyxes. Refer to Video at 04:03
Next, I am adding a leaf behind the rose. I am only using the minimum amount of florist tape to attach each part to the ring. Refer to Video at 04:29
The wires are running along the main stem from the previously attached flowers and leaves, so using a small amount of tape ensures the main stem doesn’t get too thick, but at the same time, you need to cover the wires between each addition.
For that same reason, I am using ⅓ width tape.
For this project, I’ve used the plain sided leaf cutter because it’s small and neat instead of the rose-leaf cutter with a serrated edge.
Repeat adding the leaves, blossoms, and roses in the same way, dropping a little lower on the stem for each addition.
The second half of the ring
By the time you reach the center mark on the wire, you should have used half of your flowers and leaves.
It takes a bit of time to make this ring because the flowers and leaves are so small, but once you have mastered the technique of making these quick roses, you will find it’s relatively easy, and you can then make them in any size you like big or small. This project is an excellent way to practice handling gumpaste.
Remember: don’t attach the flowers too tightly to the main stem. I leave about ½ “/1 ½ cm of flower or leaf stems before taping them to the main stem, or there will be no room to maneuver and arrange them when it’s finished apart from looking too tight and awkward. Refer to Video at 09:39
I’m adding the roses alternately to each side of the main stem, but if they are not quite in the right place, you can arrange all the flowers and leaves when it’s finished. Refer to Video at 11:07
Next, I’m continuing to add the rest of the flowers and leaves on the second half of the main stem.
The length of 18g wire I used for the main stem is 12″/33 cm long, the standard length for florists wire sold for flower making. It’s a good length for a dozen miniature roses and the blossoms and leaves. If you want a larger ring with more roses, you could add a quarter, half, or double the wire’s length and increase the number of flowers and leaves accordingly.
Finishing off the ring
I’m coming to the end of adding the flowers to the ring and just adding a few more leaves. Refer to Video at 13:29
I’m trimming off the ends of the flower wires because I don’t want them to cover the main stem’s end.
Next, I’m bending the wire, where I have added the flowers to form a circle. Refer to Video at 14:44
If you remember, I made a loop on the end of the main stem before adding flowers, so now I want to make a hook on the other end, and I’ll finish adding the flowers once I’ve made the ring. Refer to Video at 15:22
I’ve made the hook and put the loop onto it, and now I am adding some more flowers, so I can’t see the hook and the loop.
Once I’ve formed the ring, it’s a bit fiddly adding more leaves, but I want to cover the hook and loop, and as I add each flower and taping it, I’m cutting off any surplus wire as I go.
Now I’ve finished adding the leaves to cover the hook and loop, with my tweezers, I’m arranging the flowers around the ring. Refer to Video at 17:53
I’m taking the time to arrange all the flowers around the ring, making sure they are all sitting correctly and perfectly even.
That’s how you make a Rose Ring Cake Topper.