Tuesday, December 09, 2008

Gumpaste A-Go Go.

Gumpaste Yellow Poppy Macro., originally uploaded by miss.mallory.

As some of you might know, I took about 6 months worth of cake decorating classes. Granted I repeated a few of the beginning courses (so that Ashley and I could do our own thing, in the "classroom" setting), which all culminated with a gumpaste course, something we'd dabbled with in our previous classes, but not devoted a serious amount of time on.

Frankly, it's a lot easier than it might look. The only really hard part is attaching the darn petals to the wire "stem", I truly loathe that step. The amazing thing about gumpaste is, that when fresh, it can be manipulated in various ways. Pulled, feathered, painted, twisted, molded, the possibilities are nearly endless. And once you've done that and allowed your pieces to dry they can be coated and painted with layers of shades, and may truly end up resembling what you've set out to create. In this case, I am posting the stargazer lilly, and yellow poppy that I made. While they may be a little campier than the living versions, I was pretty impressed and hope that I have some natural skill at this. Right now, I'm really looking forward to making a cake and using my new technique to create a real beauty, now I just have to find a reason to do so. Perhaps when that happens I will take step by step photos of my gumpasting process and try to post a tutorial, if you guys are interested! Until then enjoy these pretty confections!

Yellow Poppy

Gumpaste Yellow Poppy. , originally uploaded by miss.mallory.

Stargazer Lilly

Gumpaste Lilly. , originally uploaded by miss.mallory.

Gumpaste Stargazer. , originally uploaded by miss.mallory.