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How to Make a Peony Sugar Paste Flower Center

Learn how to make the center of a peony sugar paste flower from cake designer Amy Noelle in this Howcast cake decorating tutorial, part 1 of a 6-part series.


Let's learn how to make a peony. I'll show you how to take a small piece of gum paste like this and turn it into a beautiful peony flower like this. A peony takes five days in order to create from start to finish, so let's go through each one of those steps.

I start with a four-gram piece of gum paste that I've measured out. I'm going to roll it into a nice, smooth ball. This will help me to create a centerpiece that I can build up all of the petals. I want to make sure that the petals are supported, so I put a wire into the middle. In order to make sure that the wire stays into my ball of gum paste, I've hooked it so that it will have more surface area to grab onto.

I also want to make sure to glue it so that it sticks, so I dip my hook into the edible glue. I'll brush off the extra. I want to make sure that this is not a sticky mess, carefully inserting the wire into the center ball and then I want to pinch around. I'll just pinch around the wire to make sure that it's closed, that hole gets closed up. And then I can just create a nice, smooth, round ball. Now this is going to set and dry overnight for 24 hours.

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