How to Make a Gum Paste Gerbera Daisy
- 1). Prepare the gum paste by kneading in the color of your choice. Both gel and paste food coloring will work with gum paste. You may want to divide the gum paste and color it two or three different colors.
- 2). Dust your counter lightly with cornstarch and roll out the gum paste until it is the thickness you want the leaves of the daisy to be. Use the large gerbera daisy cutter to cut out two daisies. Place one on top of the other, rotating it slightly so that the petals on the bottom show. Use royal icing or sugar glue to affix them together. Set in a former or small cup so that the daisy develops a dip in the middle.
- 3). Use a small daisy cutter to cut out three or four daisies. Cut these in half, and use a sharp knife to divide each petal into three or four pieces, creating a fringed look. Use royal icing or sugar glue to attach these around where the center of the daisy will be.
- 4). Pinch off a piece of gum paste and roll it into a ball that is a little smaller than the center of your gerbera daisy cutter. Press down slightly on the ball, and use fork tines to make small indentations on the top. This is the center of the daisy. Glue it to the center of your daisy.
- 5). Allow to dry overnight. Mix paste food coloring with vodka until it has a watery consistency. You can use liquid food coloring either directly or diluted, depending on the intensity of color you want. Use a paintbrush used exclusively for baking to add highlights to your daisy petals. For example, if you have pink daisies, add dark pink or red highlights. Brush lightly with a pearlescent powder. This will give your gerbera daisies a more realistic appearance.