This video tutorial was originally filmed as a livestream for the Flower Pro Members Club. Please be aware this club has since closed. This video has been re-posted here for educational purposes.
In the world of cake decorating, the ability to create realistic and beautiful flowers can set one's work apart. Among these, the David Austin Rose, with its intricate layers and romantic appeal, is a favourite. This video provides step-by-step instructions to craft a David Austin Rose from gum paste, a skill that can elevate any cake design to a new level of elegance. Whether you're a seasoned cake decorator or a beginner looking to expand your skills, this guide will lead you through the process of creating this stunning flower, from the formation of the centre to the delicate shaping of the outer petals.
Start with five half-length 24 gauge white wires to create floral tape buds. Bend them at a slight angle and bring them together to form a flower shape. Add a 20 gauge wire, taping down its length.
To make the inners petals, use 25g of flower/gum paste to create the inner petals. Roll this into a 10cm long sausage and cut into five 2cm sections. Cut out two 5cm blossoms and soften the edge of one. Place it on a cosmetic sponge, apply glue, and pinch each petal around the floral tape bud. Take the second blossom, lengthen slightly at the tip, and attach it around the first stage. Continue with two 70mm blossom shapes. The last layer will be elongated like the last 5cm. Hang upside down to dry.
The outer petals are crafted from 40g of flower/gum paste. Roll this into a sausage and cut into three sections. Roll out one and cut out a 90mm blossom shape. Place it onto the Flower Pro Ultimate Petal Veiner, soften slightly, and cup the centre. Brush egg white in a starfish shape, position the petals on an overlap, and hang upside down.
The final layer of the rose will be created using a 110mm blossom shape. Pinch the petals back a little and hang upside down to dry. The result is a beautifully crafted David Austin Rose. In the next part we will look at creating a bud, adding a calyx and colouring.