Sydney and I were asked to create Daffodil cupcakes for a wedding, the daffodil happens to be the bride’s favorite flower.The bride, Tara wanted cupcakes in lieu of a traditional wedding cake, I must admit this was the first wedding Sydney and I prepared cupcakes for as an alternative to a cake. I suggested we in conjunction with the cupcakes create a small cake for the bride and groom to cut and feed each other the traditional bite. Tara loved the idea!
A few little guide lines to help your daffodils be a success: Always prepare extra due to how fragile the dry gumpaste becomes breakage is inevitable, DF accidental broke a petal and two leaves helping us carry the floral box they had been drying on. Have all your supplies ready before beginning, sketch your design, luckily Sydney is quite the artist, if possible buy a floral arrangement of the flower you are going to be creating (having a live visual aids you in having the flower look real), relax and have fun!!
Sydney and I wanted to share the steps of gum paste daffodils with you so we prepared a few extra cupcakes. Although they are not decorated the same as Tara’s wedding cupcakes the daffodils are the exactly like the ones that adorn her cupcakes and small cake.
- Daffodil/ trumpet set (Stephen Bennison)
- Exotic lilly cutter (FMM)
- Corn husk (Sunflower Sugar Art)
- textured celstick (CelCkakes)
- Celpin small (CelCakes)
- Ball tool (PME)
- FMM Sugarcraft Foam Former (FMM)
- Good brushes
- A-ceto knife
- Triangle spatula
- Sandwich bag
- Stay fresh mat
- Small needle nose pilars
- Confectioners glaze for the leaves
- Edible glue or egg white
- Florist foam
- Viva paper towel
- white 26 gauge wire
- green 24 gauge wire
- Wire Cutters
- Yellow stamens
- Lemon Yellow lustre dust (Squires Kitchen..SK)
- Daffodil yellow color paste (SK)
- Daffodil yellow lustre dust (SK)
- Fern green color paste (SK)
- Canteloupe lustre dust (Nicholas Lodge..NL)
- Moss green lustre dust (NL)
- Lime lustre dust (NL)
- Forest green lustre dust (GSA)
- Chesnut lustre dust (GSA)
- Old gold lustre dust (CK)
Prepare your mise en place.
Daffodils consist of a trumpet (the centre) with six stamens in the middle, six petals surrounding the centre, and long linear deep green leaves with a hue of chestnut color.
Start by preparing the stamens for all the daffodils you plan to design. The stamens we used had yellow balls on the top and bottom, so we folded 3 of the stamens in half to have six, placed the white wire in the center and succored with white floral tape. * They become sticky as you pull, gentle pull and wrap with the floral tape.
Once all the floral stamens are completed, color between a baseball & golf size white gumpaste with your yellow color paste, about 1/8 of a toothpick..keep the gumpaste a VERY light yellow and knead to the paste is completely yellow. Take a piece of the yellow gumpaste, 1/4 the size of the trumpet veiner, roll a ball, and place the ball in the trumpet veiner. Using a cellpin carefully hollow the trumpet slightly, now trade the celpin for your small ball tool and gently hollow completely. Turn the veiner upside down, roll between your hands, have your foam form board closely under the vein, the trumpet will pop out. (place your remaining gumpaste under a stay fresh mat or between a prepared sandwich bag.)
Take the stamen floral wire brush with egg white or edible glue (both sydney and I prefer using egg whites) and gingerly thread the wire up the trumpet, and pinch the bottom to attach to the wire. Let dry in a floral foam.
For the leaves follow the directions for Tiger Lily’s, except take 1/16 to 1/8 depending on your lilly cutter off each side, and lightly color the gumpaste light green, to create thinner leaves.
We colored the daffodils with monochromatic yellows adding a burst of orange to the trumpet, and some moss green on the back of the base of daffodils. The leaves were dusted in green adding a touch of chestnut and glazed with Confectioners glaze. Allow the daffodils and leaves to dry over night.
Cover the daffodils with green floral paste over the white wire, arrange 3 to 4 daffodils to 3 to 5 leaves, take care to have each flower at a different hight. Floral tape the arrangement together with green floral tape. If the daffodils are going to place in cupcakes cut the wire to the hight desired and carefully put the entire wire in. For cakes use either floral picks or use a posy pick.
Have fun and we hope you enjoy preparing daffodils!