Sunday, November 18, 2007

How about using hand crafted gum paste flowers as centerpiece?

Let me make a quick post today, with a quick question :) How about using hand crafted gum paste flowers as centerpiece? Gum paste is a popular medium among confectioners and cake designers for making long lasting decorations such as fancy flowers, leaves, ribbons et al. They are much preferred for their versatility and flexibility. I have played with this medium a couple of times and recently, I was trying my luck with orchids using gum paste; though it did not look as perfect as those in the reference pictures I had, I thought it would look good if I place it in a flower vase on our dining table rather than using it for cake decoration, as this way, they adorn our table everyday and I did notice a tinge of curiosity in the eyes of some of our guests , so I guess such gum paste decorations work not only on cakes but as tabletops too. Check out the orchids below.


Hand made flowers using gum paste look majestic especially on a fondant covered cake and is widely used for tiered wedding cakes. Somehow, personally I do not enjoy the taste of fondant and hence whenever I make cakes for our friends, I prefer using butter cream but do use gum paste flowers for decorations. This buttercake below is layered with fresh raspberry filling, frosted with butter cream, and decorated with cornelli lace work and shell borders and topped with hand crafted flowers using gum paste.




I am unable to share the recipes here since the butter cake and butter cream recipes were taken from another website which is now a paid site!

Luv
Shn
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55 comments:

Sandeepa said...

What are you ? A magician ?
About the question "yes you can use gum paste, tooth paste and any paste, to make flowers as centerpiece if they are as beautiful as these"

Anh said...

Shn, you are like an artist! The cake looks so perfect! I LOVE IT!

Mocha said...

Wow . Another great masterpiece from you. Have u thought of starting a cake shop? We really need few bakers and artist like u

Nags said...

how do you eat something so pretty? looks amazing!

Ashwini said...

oooh gorgeous Shn... love love the flowers!

Rachel said...

oohh those flowers look amazing.. I remeber how i saved the gum paste flowers from my wedding cake for months until my Hub.. decided to throw it out one fine day!!!!

Shilpa said...

Absoutely stunning...

Pravs said...

I am speechless whenever i see your art of work. Amazing Shn !

Redchillies said...

Amazing creation! I will be out of superlatives describing those flowers. Wonder how can anybody ever eat it ?

bee said...

wow. what is the shelf life of these?

Sia said...

u are a true craft woman mishy... i donno what else to say :)

liz said...

Shn, everytime u come up with such innovative & exciting posts ! Your orchids look perfect &cake looks absolutely fabulous ! I would rather admire it than trying a slice :D How can anyone think of eating such a beauty:))))
Liz

Padmaja said...

Hey hey!!Thats one of the best creations i have ever seen in my life!! So Professional!!!!!

Susan said...

Just gorgeous. You can buy gum paste creations for every type of flower here. Cornelli lace is one of my favorite techniques, one of the easiest. I don't like fondant, either - not the taste nor texture.

Asha said...

They look beautiful shn. Have you seem "Sugar craft India" web site/blog? She make these kinda things with sugar!! It's amazing. You are a great artist girl, it's not easy to make them!! Great job:))

Happy cook said...

Beautiful. Just wonderful art that is what i can say about it.

sunita said...

That is absolutely beautiful ...perfect!!!

Rina said...

What beautiful butter cake is that!!!! Perfect artistic decoration.

Seema said...

Thats cake looks so perfect & a piece of art.. Gum paste or whatever.. the flower looks so REAl... Your a great artist!

archana said...

Fabulous !!! Look at those Orchids ! I will defanitely set it as a centerpiece for any occasion if you send me some.

Tee said...

So pretty! You are so good at this!

Manasi said...

BEAUTIFUL!!!!! How do u do it???!! I wish I had SUCH talent!!!

musical said...

Gorgeous! You come up with these amazing creations, Shn! The flowers are looking pretty and real!

Ramya's Mane Adige said...

Gorgeous!!!!!! they look lovely....
You seem to be an expert at this!!!

mathew said...

sigh!! its the only word that come to my mind now..shall i guess how much the mister at home weighs..100 ?? ;-P

please dont make such delicacies so often..u are making life difficult for others.. ;-P

mouthwatering as always.

Rajitha said...

how pretty...awesome job mishmash...

SUGARCRAFT INDIA said...

Hi Shn...thanks for visiting my blog...You've really done a great job...Orchids is not easy and yours look very pretty...and so does your cornelli work....like the colours..!!

theysaywordscanbleed said...

those cakes looks so delectable, love the flower design.

KayKat said...

You, my friend, are quite unbelievable! :)

This looks mega fabulous. And you've totally gotten me to restart baking cakes - highly inspirational!

Sig said...

Wow, you are way too creative Shn... those are gorgeous...

Purnima said...

Shn..splendid!!! Magnificent orchids!Marvelous shade! The cake is yummy looking too! (Pravs you had the fruit cake..lemme have this one..plsssss) ;D :D:D (Shn..lovely post!)

cinderelly said...

shn, those flowers are so beautiful! the lily looks so real!

Laavanya said...

You've done such an awesome job of decorating the cake Shn.. very pretty. The layers look very good too.

A kitchen scientist & a white rat hubby!!! said...

luv the curls on the flowers, shn..wish i cud see how u did all these!!!

Bharathy said...

Lovely orchids...pretty colour combinations!..Nice creative art!!

Alexis said...

Nice cake and nicely decorated. You are an artist. As someone had mentioned in a previous post, the problem when make you cakes so beautiful, it very to difficult to cut.

Anne said...

The gum paste flower is so beautiful :) So inpressive indeed! Over all the cake is stunning :)

Cynthia said...

I think that Sandeepa asked the right questions. What are you? A magician?

You are so blessed and talented.

Linda said...

Shn, I always liked how you sign your posts with "luv shn". Now it's so easy to see all the love you put into your cake decorations -- simply amazing!

Thanks for sharing the beauty :)

Anonymous said...

Amazing...Could you please post the receipe of kerala chicken curry?
Thanks..

Mishmash ! said...

Sandeepa, you did crack me up, my lady :D Its a pleasant feeling when the comment section is opened with such a touch of humor :) Thanks buddy :)

Anh, Thanks you SO MUCH :) Its nice when you get compliments from someone who takes effort in styling her food :)

Mocha, hahah...yeah cake shop is not a bad idea....I might be considering that ...but before that i need some experience, so if you trust me , send some orders :))))

Nags, thank you dear....generally kids are interested in eating such flowers...remember how , as kids, we used to eat those flowers made with royal icing during X'mas time :)

Ashwini, Thanks a lot :)

Rachel, ohh thats so sad....you should have saved it....they will last long for years , I guess !

Shilpa, thanks a lot , my baker friend :)

Pravs, ^^ blushing^^ :)

Redchillies, thanks a lot for that heartwarming comment. Quite a warm welcome here :)

Bee, it will last for years for sure, if they are stored properly, but if it is exposed to fluroscent light, the colors might fade off, also its prone to breaking.

Sia,thank you dear :)

liz, hehehhe....i havent reached that level of perfection where people can just sit and admire the beauty of the cake , I just want my cakes to be tasty :)

Padmaja,ohh...myyy thanks a looooot :)

Susan,its surprising that i havent met anyone who likes the taste and texture of fondant....it makes the cake so pretty but at the end , all i see is a pile of fondant pieces on the plate!!! Its easy to make many of these flowers, if you have time :)

Asha, thanks for that page info, I checked and its awesome :) Thanks a lot for your encouraging words :)

Happy Cook, thank you :)

Sunita, thanks... thanks :)

Rina, really appreciate this encouragement :)

Seema, am glad you liked it. Thanks :)

Archana, I sure can send you some, but it wont be as gorgeous as the ones you make :D I love those bunch of pink roses and buds you made :)

tee, Thanks :)

Manasi, the right tools, a bit of basic training and patience is all you need to make such things...give it a try :)

Musical, thanks a lot , my friend :)

Ramya, not an expert for sure, just started very recently :)

Mathew, hahahha... that is wayyy low if you re talking in pounds :D He is not a dessert person, a complete non -veg foodie :) Cakes are always made for our friends, if you were here, I would have baked one for you too :)

Rajitha, Thanks a lot :)

Sugarcraft India, thats a great compliment when it comes from such a professional like you. You are an expert at this and your words mean a lot. Strange that I find orchids much easier than other flowers!! :D Thanks a lot for dropping by :)

theysaywordscanbleed, thanks and welcome here :)

kaykat, really ?:) Appreciate your words of encouragement :)

Sig, thank you :) Hope you having a great vacation :)

Purnima, thanks...thanks :) Pls help yourself :)

Cinderelly, thank you dear :)

Laavanya, glad you liked it :)

Sona, with your skill set, its darn easier if you have the right tool set!

Bharathy,thank you :)

Alexis, I am flattered but I know I have long way to reach that perfection but somewhere I read that cakes are made to eat , so they need not be perfect, I like to believe that coz mine is never perfect...good justification, eh ? :))

Anne, I will give you this cake if you can send me those cutest cookies you made :)

Cynthia, you re so good for my ego, sweetie :))))

Linda, ohhh, so sweet of you! you re the only one to have made a note of it so far :)Hope you had a great Thanks Giving lunch :)

Anonymous, yeah, will sure post that...give me some time :)

Shn

Anitha said...

Absolutely stunning orchids!! They will make a great centerpiece. No doubt about it :-).All the details are so well done.

The decorated cake looks sweet & elegant with the cornelli lace & touch of gumpaste flowers.

Good job!! Keep it up!
Anitha

bhags said...

Beautiful,the pics look so wonderful, the original must be awe gathering for sure.......:)

Nanditha Prabhu said...

i regret not knowing you more during our 3 yrs in college. why did u hide your talent then.after all these years you tempt me!

Susan said...

Those are simply marvelous! I can't imagine making them as perfectly as you did. You're an inspiration! :)

Anamika said...

Hi mishmash
nice name ! I am new to sugarcraft and started recently, just a year back. I looked at your flowers and they look amazing. Whenever you have time, do pass by my blog site.I stay in botswana and have done some sugarcraft wedding cakes with an indian theme, african theme etc.
Your comments will be valuable input for me to improve further.
My site is http://sugarcraft-india.blogspot.com and google search will point to 'the sugarcrafter'.

Mandira said...

don't share the recipes, but I can still drool over the pics! Yum :)

Gattina said...

Have you ever been a professional baker/cake decorator? If not, this industry must miss someone very special!!! Shn, you are absolutely excellent, what is not perfect?!!! They look better than the real!

mathew said...

thanks a lot for the offer.. !!;-)

and yeah if i was given a choice of a last meal..it might be some parotta and beef than a piece of cake!!;-P

Mishmash ! said...

Anitha, your words are sweeter than my cake :) I value your comment a lot especially after seeing the range of your creativity :) Thanks a lot for dropping by and a warm welcome here:)

Bhags, there is no difference....the original one is exactly like like in the pic :P

Nanditha,I never tried to hide any talents, dear....the fact is that i never knew the route to kitchen those days :D I know its embarrassing to admit here in public :P

Susan, I should say your words are always inspirational and thanks a lot for being so supportive :)

Anamika, After checking out your site I cant believe that you started this hobby only a year back...you have done some absolutely creative and brilliant work...I was speechless seeing your creations and hence your words and appreciation mean much more to me :)

Mandira, :)) thank you :)

Gattina, heheheh you just lifted my spirits up :)) No dear friend, all my baking experiences are strictly in my kitchen and no professional experience...your comment did brighten up my face :D

Mathew,hehehhe......I think I would get greedy if given such a choice and will be torn between options....wont be able to decide if I should go for Appam and stew or a plate of biryani :P

Shn

Anamika said...

Thanks mishmash for visiting my blog site and leaving encouraging words. It helps one to do more. I have to say,i have to learn new recipes from you, especially rich christmas tradition of Kerala and make them here in Botswana. Lets keep in touch to share our experiences on food.

meeso said...

Wow, glad I visited...what a beautiful cake!

Anamika said...

Thanks mishmash for passing by the blog.
I too wish you a very happy Christmas and exciting, fun-filled New 2008.

MAHIMA said...

this is a fantastic cake:) i jus love it
i need ur help here. i m a vegan. no egg no gelatine.
cld u help me with something for my daughters first birthday plz...
i want to make a nice cake for her..

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