gumdrop rose tutorial

Reader, would you like to turn these...


... into these:


Saucy remembers baking at Granny's house... homemade chiffon cake, the whitest sugar cookies, fresh bread and pies... all of this baking done without benefit of air conditioning and throughout the year. Windows open if need be, pies cooling in the breeze. It sounds like a dream, doesn't it? It was for Saucy.

Gumdrop roses were part of that dream.


They were made for birthday parties and special occasions only. Saucy has wanted to show you this forever.


It was Granny's next door neighbour who taught Saucy this trick. She was an Eastern Star, her husband the highest order of Masonry. This absolutely fascinated Saucy. She wanted to know all of the neighbour's secrets. Her baking was the fanciest kind, good enough for the lodge brothers and sisters. Granny wasn't much for fancy... it was the Eastern Star who brought the gumdrops into Saucy's life. It was eye-opening. Before that, Saucy knew that baking could be delicious of course. The Eastern Star showed Saucy that it could be beautiful too... a little work of art.

This is the only Masonic secret that Saucy can share with you:


You will need a bag of fresh, soft gumdrops. Gather a cutting board, a sharp knife, a rolling pin and some fine sanding sugar. You may also find it helpful to have toothpicks and a glass of hot water on hand.


Start by rolling a gumdrop into an oval shape. This will naturally occur as you roll. It takes a little elbow grease. You will be glad you had soft fresh gumdrops. Add a little of the sugar if need be to keep the gumdrop from sticking to the rolling pin.


Begin by rolling the gumdrop into a tube - this will be the "bud" of the rose.


Roll a second gumdrop and add the first petal. Notice that like in nature, the petals of the rose overlap each other.


When you roll the third gumdrop for the final petal, you may need to stretch it a bit to make it longer.


Again, lay it overlapping the other petals. If it isn't sticking, use a little hot water on your fingertip.


Form it a little with your fingers. Most importantly, pinch the underside of the flower to ensure it stays secure - this will also force the petals open a bit and add to the realistic look.


Roll one green gumdrop and cut it in half, using the sanding sugar to "seal" the edges and give the cuts a finished look. You can even use your blade to score little veins in the leaf.


Secure the leaves to the bottom of your flower, making sure you give it all a good pinch. Each flower will take three coloured gumdrops and one green gumdrop.

If you want to get fancy, you can slice different colours together before rolling them flat to give your rose petals a two-tone effect. Finished flowers, like gumdrops, can be stored in an airtight container until ready to use. You may decide to secure them with toothpicks so the petals don't spring apart if you plan on leaving them a while.


Saucy made gumdrop roses for her nephew's bake sale. The roses were a little tedious but she really wanted you to see them.

Saucy knows a few other Masonic secrets, but that's the thing about secrets. She's gonna have to keep 'em.

35 comments:

Karen said...

One day when I am totally out of my mind....I will try this! lol They are beautiful. you did a fantastic job!

Jill said...

I LOVE these! I think I can actually make these-- never have mastered the frosting roses.
Wow. Now I know a masonic secret. I love a good secret.
Hugs,
Jill

Sheryl said...

Gorgeous!! My 4 year old was helping me stalk er I mean visit your blog and has now informed me that these would look just beautiful on he Barbie birthday cake next month. LOL. Thanks! :)

Sugar Bear said...

I'm bookmarking this one!

Kate said...

Sigh. I lurrve Saucy.

Saucy said...

They take a little while, but they're worth it. Allow about ten minutes per rose when you start out - most of that time flattening the gumdrop!

I was watching TV last night but it took me the better part of three hours to make twelve roses and I pooped out and had to make the leaves this morning!

I'm off for the weekend... a little jaunt with Loopy! See you on Monday!

Lurrve,
Saucy

StepherB said...

I love these! I am definitely doing these next time I have a no theme cupcake making day! Thanks for the tutorial!

writing4612 said...

These are gorgeous, Saucy!

sassy said...

you busy gal! The gum drop roses are perfect! I love love love them! What a lucky bake sale!

Heather@PixieDust said...

i love those roses!!

my husband is a mason, too ;)

Niki said...

LOVE IT!

SOINSPIRED said...

I Love these! Thank you for this awesome tutorial! I'm totally making these. That is . . . if I can not eat the gumdrops before I make the roses.

Leica Forrest said...

the beautiful domestic goddess does not disappoint again! will you never cease in what you have to show us? Wow. have a fabulous weekend guys.

cindy said...

These look so simple when you do it. Thanks I can't wait to try them out in the tea room as a side to a high tea, I hope I can do it - remember the water tip to hold together...

MJ said...

What a great idea! Bookmark in the side panel under tutorials, please & thanks!

SOINSPIRED said...

One more thing, my absolutely favorite relative, my great Aunt Ruth, was an Eastern Star. I've often wondered about it

Anonymous said...

Hey Saucy!

Thanks so much for making the cupcakes for B's "Birthday Box Lunch". They were a hit according to the boys, but they're guys, so they are not necessarily totally appreciating the aesthetics!

Just so you know, the Box Lunch Auction was a great success. Holy Cross High School made approximately $30 000.00 for Development and Peace (pretty impressive for a small high school of about 1300 kids). $15 000.00 was raised by the grade 12's alone. It's a really big deal for the seniors. They auction off one of the lunches with staffroom privileges and it's tradition to kick the teachers out. The teachers try their best to retain their domain, but the kids always raise more money and purchase the lunch and the room.

I'm not sure where the money is going this year, but I know they send the money to developing countries, usually to a mission, to help with education and other community needs.

Thanks again for your contribution.

Susan

Tiffany said...

Great idea! They're adorable on those cupcakes.

Rachel@oneprettything.com said...

Whoa, those are gorgeous! They really have an impact, I think they are well worth the time investment. Thanks so much for the how-to, I'll be linking in my next Crafty Food Roundup.

Saucy said...

That is a pretty impressive take for a boxed lunch fundraiser! I'm glad the cupcakes helped somewhat... I'm diggin' the idea of the teachers getting kicked out of their "lounge."

ChaChaneen said...

Gorgeous! Now that's a keeper shared secret!!! Thanks for sharing!!

Rosa said...

Oh how wonderful!

Tracy said...

they are gorgeous, saucy! love this little secret!

Cheryl said...

wow, these look beautiful! you do the most fantastic things with food and jewellery! I love looking here to see what you have created!

Megan said...

Those. Are. Gorgeous. I'm totally bookmarking this to make them someday.

I'm also thinking you should do a weekly Gleecap, just so I can come over here and chat about it with you :)

Country Girl in the City said...

These gumdrop flowers are amazing!!!!! I HAVE to give this a try sometime!!!

Chic Cookies said...

Gorgeous! And a great tutorial. (I posted a link on my column at ediblecrafts.craftgossip.com. I found you through One Pretty Thing.)
thanks for sharing!

Amber said...

wow these actually look like something that i could make! thanks for the tutorial!

Ryan said...

http://blog.clarzzique.com/2010/05/16/if-not-flowers-how-about-cupcakes/

As soon as I saw this picture of a cupcake bouquet I thought of how cute your little gumdrop roses or even just your regular icing flowers would be arranged like this. Hope it gives you some inspiration if you haven't seen it before. I am trying to figure out how to make one myself :)

Laura Bray said...

These are fantastic! I love it!

Dave said...

Okay, I just tried these out today - you're right, very time consuming, but so worth it! I LOVE this!! Thank you so much!

~Julie

Moonbunny said...

Saucy, you are simply amazing
.

Viv said...

Wow. They are gorgeous. Never ever would have thought of trying to squish gumdrops and make roses out of them! Am dying to try it now. I love making sugarpaste and choc roses so I'll have to give these a go!

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Anonymous said...

I say invite a friend and her rolling pin over for a good gossip and rolling session!