During this third class of the Wilton Gum Paste and Fondant course we learned three things:
1. How to make a daisy
2. How to make a mum
3. How to cover a cake board with fondant
First we made daisies which are very simple and cute flowers. To make a daisy you will need the large mum cutter. Cut out two flowers out of thin gum paste and use the veining tool to create a more natural effect. Glue those two flower parts together so that the petals are not lining up on top of each other. For the center part, form a little ball out of yellow gum paste. Brush a little bit of gum paste glue on the ball and dip it in colored yellow sugar. Then attach the ball to the center of the flower. Allow the flower to dry in a flower former
For the mum you will need the prepared and dried mum base from the previous class. Cut out flowers out of gum paste using the large and small mum cutters and shape them with the veining tool. Stick the spaghetti from the base through the center of the small flower and wrap the base with it. Use a little gum paste glue to make the petals stick to the base. Repeat this step until you get a full mum (approximately three layers with small cutouts and three layers of large cut outs). Allow flower to dry in a small flower former which can be placed over a small plastic cup.
A nice cake board can give a cake a very special effect. If you do not want to use a simple silver cake base you can cover a base or two cake boards with fondant.
In this class we glued together two cake boards. I rolled out the fondant to a wide circle. The Wilton Roll and Cut Mat is a very helpful tool, because you are able to measure the size of the fondant circle while rolling it out. Our Wilton instructor had several of the Wilton Fondant Imprint Mats so I chose to the Graceful Vines design on my cake base. These mats are easy to use and are quite beautiful.
When you are done rolling out your fondant circle, place the imprint mat on top of it. Using your hands, gently press the mat into the fondant to make sure all embellishments are fully imprinted. Carefully remove the Roll and Cut Mat. The fondant is now sticking to the imprint mat. Lift up the imprint mat with the fondant circle and place the fondant on the cake board which should be covered with a little bit of piping gel. Remove the imprint mat and wrap the cake board with the fondant. Cut of the excess fondant.