After asking on Facebook to see if there was any interest, I was immediately convinced I needed to shoot and write this post: How to Make a Gum Paste Tiara.
Hopefully after reading this tutorial, you should be able to make this tiara or take any template you find, follow similar steps, and make any gum paste tiara!
NOTE: Please plan ahead!! You’ll need at least 2 full days – 3 or 4 days would be better – to make this tiara before needing to put it on a cake!
Here’s what you’ll need:
PS – you don’t need pumpkin or diced tomatoes if you’re looking at the picture before reading the list… you just need a can/bottle about that size
- A printed tiara template. There are dozens that can be found by searching or on CakeCentral.com.
- Wax Paper
- #2 1/2 can (29 oz. or 822 g can) *I’m sure there are other things you could use but this is the best size I’ve found!
- Vegetable Shortening
- Gum Paste – I prefer Satin Ice pre-made
- Extruder with round and oval disks
- Tylose Powder
- Xacto Knife / Small Pastry Wheel
- Cutting Mat
- Sugar Glue
- Small paint brush
- Luster Dust
- Gel Colors
Tape the paper around the can with the bottom edge of the paper directly on the bottom of the can.
Cut a piece of wax paper, fold a straight edge, then cover the template. Tape it onto the can just like the template. Don’t forget this step: rub a thin coat of shortening onto the wax paper!
Use a large hole or oval disc on your extruder and make a long rope of gum paste to serve as the base for the tiara. I like for this part to be significantly “fatter” than the other parts! The large hold disc comes with the basic Makin Professional Extruder set. The oval is in an extra set of discs (set C I think!) that I bought (not at all necessary!)
My gum paste is blue because at the end, I want a glue sparkly tiara to match the cake (come back tomorrow to see!), but if you’re doing silver, you may want to tint your gum paste a pale gray… or whatever color you want!
Note: I’ve had a few comments on Facebook about people not having, or never having used an extruder, etc. Here are my thoughts… yes, you could hand roll all of these ropes, but it would be very time consuming and difficult to get uniform ropes. But hey – if that doesn’t intimdate you – go for it!
However, an extruder is a relatively inexpensive tool (around $20 when I bought mine) and honestly, I use it almost every week so I’m gonna recommend that you get one!! The Makin Professional Extruder that I have comes with 16 different discs that I have used for hair, grass, ropes, borders, rope borders, and lots of other things!!
Wrap that long piece of rope around the base of the can and use your Xacto knife to cut it so that it lines up with the ends of the tiara. It should slightly adhere to the shortening. It won’t stay in place totally by itself, but the shortening helps!
Use a smaller hole disc on your extruder to make fondant ropes for the other details on your tiara. You’ll want to work in small sections because the gum paste will dry out and crack if it sits out too long.
I like to do a small rope and make a section of the tiara quickly, then do another small rope and repeat. You can see below that I have Tylose dusted on my mat to keep the gum paste from sticking and to make the gum paste dry faster and harder once it’s placed.
Note: I’m pretty sure I determined that these first ropes were larger than I wanted (in diameter) so I scrapped them and made even smaller ones.
For this template, I start in the center of the tiara and make the 2 “U” shapes first. I laid it out on my mat and rolled the ends, then laid it in place on the can (which is on it’s side). I have to guess on the length of each piece, lay it on the can and check, then trim with the Xacto knife as needed. You’ll get a feel for it as you go!
Use sugar glue to adhere the pieces to the base part of the tiara. I paint it on between each part of the tiara that touches!
Repeat those steps, adding the different curls and layers of the tiara. I always work from the center out outlining each part of the underlying template. This next step involves laying a rope on top of previous placed pieces. Just remember to paint on some sugar glue at each connection!
Here are a few more pictures of me working…
Finish out the tiara with the small curls on the ends. Unfortunately I didn’t get any pics of those steps, but here are some pictures of the finished sides:
Let it dry!!
I like to leave it laying on it’s side for a few hours, but after that, you can stand it up! I tend to be very impatient, but you really want this to sit, undisturbed for at least 24 hours. Or 48 hours would be better!! Honestly, you could make it weeks in advance if you needed.
Just keep in mind that it will be fragile, so keep it somewhere where it won’t be damaged but not in a closed container until it’s completely dry!!
Step 12: As I mentioned, I’m very impatient, so this is the tiara after 24 hours and I’m going to remove it from the can (it doesn’t really “look” any different than the day before other than the glue is dry).
I can’t really show you pics of this except to say that I gently hold the tiara, and with my other hand, wiggle the can back and forth a bit to loosen the tiara. Then I simply slide it away.
See… it’s dried and hard!
I didn’t get pics of this or even include pics of these things in my “what you need” picture, but to finish this tiara, I mixed some silver luster dust with vodka and added a tiny drop of blue gel paste.
After painting it, I let it dry overnight again… and then put it on the cake!
I’ll be sharing the whole cake tomorrow – so be sure to come back and see!! Update: the Ombre Ruffles Princess cake is here – click over for pics and details!!
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