I was so super psyched that we were going to see my mom for Mother’s Day (she was happy about that, too).  I haven’t been feeling well lately and one of the few things that makes you feel better is just being around mom.  I wanted to get her a really nice gift since we don’t get to see her often, and I knew that my mom loves flowers so I had an idea…  not just give a bouquet that would wilt and die within a week, but one that would last forever.  Well, as long as you don’t get it wet or drop it.

Mother’s day gum paste rose arrangement

About a month ago, I decided I wanted to make a bunch of sugar paste flowers for my mom.  My friend K and I took a brief and somewhat rushed gum paste crash course that gave an overview of the general steps to make roses.  The class was the only decorating class I’ve ever taken (and probably ever will take) and it felt like I was part of a cooking show.  You know how everything is already all prepped and the perky host does a few steps, pops it in the oven, you blink an eye and a readymade ____ is done?  It was kind of like that.  We did one step, stopped, got dried parts of the rose made by someone else, did another step, stopped, got the next part of the rose made by someone else.  I wasn’t too thrilled with that, but after seeing all the steps involved I made mental notes of what to change when I made gum paste roses… mine from start to finish.

If done properly, a full bloom would take about a week to do.  You do a step, let it dry overnight, do the next layer, let it dry overnight, and so on. I bought a couple bags of prepared Wilton gum paste and was pissed to find that one bag had already started drying out.  I tried to salvage it and kneaded pink food color into the mixed paste, but it was still tough to work with.  There were tips and tricks online, saying that adding shortening or popping it into the microwave for a bit would help, but the end result with the pink roses weren’t nearly as nice, just b/c I couldn’t shape the petals more since it dried out too quickly.

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