How beautiful is this ruffle cake Betheny T made for her daughter Alice’s 1st Birthday. What I love the most are those magnificent gumpaste flowers. Wow, takes the cake to a whole new level, doesn’t it?

Well, here’s a tutorial Betheny put together showing how she made those beautiful flowers… Thank you, Betheny!


Here are the dragees (little metallic balls) in two sizes…

Select the size cutters that you want. {I used every other size in my set and you can make this flower with as many layers as you want!!}

Get a boulder-sized {‘boulder’ as in way back in the day of playing marbles} ball of gumpaste.

With a super-thin coat of cornstarch on your mat (or surface; you really don’t need the mat) and rolling pin, roll out your gumpaste as THIN as you can get it. I’m talking, PAPER THIN.

Cut out your circles and place them under the practice board (or ziploc baggie) to keep them from drying out.

Kneed the excess gumpaste and place it back in it’s original bag.

Place the largest circle on your thin foam pad and place your ball tool half-way onto the foam and half-way onto the gumpaste.

Make sure you have a thin layer of cornstarch on your ball tool and with a fluid motion, rub tool around your gumpaste’s edge to create the ruffled edge.

As you finish each circle, use your piping bag to adhere each circle to the next.

To make the dragee center, place a (very small) pea-sized drop of piping gel in the center of your smallest flower.

With your tweezers, place a large dragee in the center of the piping gel drop.

Through trial and error, I have found that the easiest way to place the teeny-tiny dragess in place is to pour a few around the center dragee…

…then sort them with your tweezers.

Let the flower dry at least 8 hours before assembling them on the cake {or cupcake! They make SUPER cute cupcake toppers!}.

Happy baking, everyone!

Beautiful, Betheny! Thank you so much for letting me post your tutorial. To learn more about Betheny and read about all her creative adventures, visit her blog, The Tomseth Family.

And if you make gumpaste flowers for your next cake, please send photos, I’d love to post them!