How To Make Edible Flowers

Create edible roses out of gumdrops for an easy yet elegant way to decorate your cake.

What You Need

  • granulated sugar, gumdrops, rolling pin, paring knife
Follow These Seven Easy Steps
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    Start with a sugared surface

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    Lightly dust a work surface with granulated sugar.

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    How To: Make Gumdrop Roses Step 1
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    Roll 3 gumdrops out to ⅛-inch thickness

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    Take 3 gumdrops and flatten them out slightly with your thumb. Using a rolling pin, roll them out until they’re about ⅛-inch thick. If they start to stick, sprinkle them with a little more sugar.

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    How To: Make Gumdrop Roses Step 2
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    Cut each gumdrop in half

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    Use a paring knife to cut each flattened gumdrop in half, creating 6 equal pieces.

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    How To: Make Gumdrop Roses Step 3
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    Roll one of the smaller halves into a cylinder

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    Using your fingers, take a smaller half and roll it into a cylinder, pinching at one end. This will be the center of the flower.

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    How To: Make Gumdrop Roses Step 4
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    Press the edges and wrap around center piece

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    Take the other pieces and use your fingers to press the edges, making them thinner. This will make them easier to attach. Then wrap each piece around the center piece, overlapping slightly and pinching at the base so they all stick together.

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    How To: Make Gumdrop Roses Step 5
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    Gently pull back the pieces to open your rose

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    Bend some of the petals back to create a natural rose shape.

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    How To: Make Gumdrop Roses Step 6
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    Trim the bottom to flatten

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    Use a paring knife to trim the bottom of your rose, forming a flat base to allow the flower to sit up on the cake. Place a few on top of your frosted cake to make a pretty bouquet.<br /><br /><strong>Tip:</strong> Use green gumdrops to create leaves for your rose.

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    How To: Make Gumdrop Roses Step 7