Gum Paste Daffodil

Make this gum paste daffodil flower for a fun, spring time cake project. 

By Darlene Abarquez

  • Gum Paste
  • Gel color - yellow
  • Small rolling pin
  • Daffodil three petal cutter
  • Modeling forms
  • Foam
  • Flower veiner
  • Gum paste ball tool
  • Gum paste veining tool
  • Cornstarch
  • Small metal spatula
  • Gum glue
  • Small paintbrush
  • Flower stamens

Let's Get Started:

  • Color the gum paste with yellow gel paste. You can make the flower all yellow or you can make the petals white and the cup in the center yellow.
  • To make the outside petals, roll out the gum paste very thinly and cut with a daffodil cutter. Dust the work surface with a bit of cornstarch to avoid sticking. You can cut them one at a time as you go or cut a few at a time and keep the other ones under a plastic wrap.


  • Transfer the petal to a soft piece of foam. Thin the edges with the ball tool.


  • Take the foam with the cut petal and press to a flower veiner. Mark a vein in the middle of the petals with the gum paste veiner tool.


  • Pinch the edges of the petal together.


  • Carefully, place on a flower former with the help of a small metal spatula. Make another petal. Apply a bit of gum glue on the middle of the first petal and place the second petal on top. Secure in place by pressing lightly with a gum paste ball tool.


  • To make the cup in the center, take a piece of gum paste about the size of 3/4" ball.


  • Make a cone shape from the gum paste ball. Make a cup by slowly rotating the ball tool in the middle of the cone until it is halfway inside.


  • Place the cone on the foam and pull out the edges with the veining tool. Do this all the way around the cup.


  • Brush some gum glue in the middle of the petal and press the cup in the middle with the help of a ball tool.


  • Fold the flower stamen, dip folded end in the gum glue and insert in the middle of the cup. Let the finished gum paste daffodil dry in the flower former at least for a day.


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