Gum paste may not be the best-tasting dough you can use to make sugar flowers or other kinds of edible flower arrangements but it’s one of the easiest kinds of dough to work with. If you’re a self-admitted baking novice, it’s quite advisable for you to use gum paste on your first baking project.
Ingredients for Making Sugar Flowers
Corn starch and shortening
You may also use food coloring if you wish.
Tools and Supplies for Making Sugar Flowers
A plastic or non-stick cutting board
A non-stick rolling pin, preferably made of acrylic
Small plastic bag
Plastic sleeve to use with 3-ring binder
Small and soft-tipped paint brush
Flower making kit that includes but may not be limited to flower cutters and ball tool
Ingredients for Making Gum Paste
1 pound of confectioner’s sugar
6 teaspoons of tylose
3 teaspoons of vegetable shortening
2 egg whites
If you don’t make your gum paste perfect then you might as well say goodbye to your hopes of creating exquisite sugar flowers. It’s that important.
Start by lightly beating your egg whites. You can use a stand or electric mixer. Afterwards, add your powdered sugar then resume beating for about five minutes on med speed. Add your shortening next. Mix for about fifteen seconds before adding the tylose. Beat for several seconds. You will notice your mixture thickening.
Store your properly beaten gum paste in a small plastic bag then put it inside any airtight container. Refrigerate your gum paste and allow it to rest overnight. If it has been mixed and beaten properly, your gum paste can last for weeks in refrigerated condition. If you want it to last longer, place your gum paste in the freezer.
With these preparations, you can be sure that your sugar flowers cake decorating venture will turn out exactly the way you hoped they would.