How To Make Gumpaste Hyacinths For Cake Decorating

Gumpaste hyacinths aren’t a “normal” sugar flower for cake decorating, but since they’re unusual they also give a lot of visual interest.

how to make gumpaste hyacinths for cakes, with a photo of the hyacinth flower being taped together

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flowerpot cakes with gumpaste hyacinth

This set of cakes had gumpaste hyacinths and green bows with airbrushed buttercream to create the flowerpots.

Making gumpaste hyacinths isn’t hard but it’s a little time-consuming because there are so many little florets in each stem.

gumpaste flower supplies

Materials needed to make gumpaste hyacinths.

Make the blossoms.

Ball of gumpaste

Start with a large ball of gumpaste, about the size of a small grape.

putting gumpaste ball on a wire

Insert a hooked, cloth-covered floral wire into the ball. This wire should be a thinner gauge, around 26.

pinch the gumpaste to secure the wire

Pinch the gumpaste around the wire to secure it.

Make a hole in the center of the gumapste

Using the pointed end of the dowel, insert it into the ball to make the center.

Cut 6 pieces in the gumpaste ball

Make six cuts in the ball around the center.

pinch the gumpaste

Start pinching the cut sections to make the ends pointed. Don’t thin them out too much, just make them pointy.

form pointy petals

When the petals are pointy, start thinning them out slightly.

flatten the petals

Pinch the petals, making them longer. Try to keep the ends pointed as you thin them out.

flattened petals

When the petals are about ¾” to 1” long, they’re the right length.

deepen the center

Keep maintaining the shape of the flower by inserting the pointed end of the dowel into the center as you work the petals.

pinch the base to elongate it around the wire

Also make sure the flower is staying attached to the wire in the back as you work.

pinch the tips of the petals to curve them

Pinch the ends of the petals to create a ditch in the center of each petal.

make a ditch in the center of each petal

Using the dowel, press the pointed end into each petal to further cup them if necessary.

Pinch the flower center to narrow it

Keep the center of the flower distinct as you’re working on it.

Shape the flower petals

Keep working the petals until they’re a good length, around 3/4″ is good.

Adjust the petals if needed

Check to see the each petal is separate at this point. If some have become connected toward the center, cut them apart carefully.

Continue shaping the floret

Insert the dowel into the flower again, pressing up this time to create a deep center.

Narrow the flower petals

Pinch the petals again to maintain the ditch.

Add color to the floret petals if needed.

If you want to add a deeper color at the center of each floret, do that now by painting food coloring in the center of the petals. Some hyacinths have variations in color.

You can also wait and paint them after they dry.

Drying the flower upside down

Dry the florets upside down for a little bit. Don’t let them dry out completely.

Dry the flowers with the wires inserted in styrofoam

Turn them over and insert into a piece of styrofoam to finish drying.

Make sure the tips of the petals make a distinct curve downward.

Wire the florets to the stem.

Florets on wires

When the florets are dried enough to handle, take the thicker wire, 18 gauge is good, cut to about 5-6”, and start wrapping the florets around it.

wrap the wire with floral tape

Wrap the first floret at the very top of the wire.

form the stem with florets

Add more florets slightly down the stem. Hyacinth blossoms grow in pairs directly across from each other. Wrap the florets two at a time as you go down the stem.

form the stem with florets

form the stem with florets

Continue down the stem, adding two florets at a time about 1/2”-3/4” away from the pair above it.

form the stem with florets

When the stem has about 4” of florets on it, you’re done.

If the stem seems too empty in places you can either redo it or add an extra floret in the empty spots.

Hyacinths bloom all at once, there aren’t buds and blossoms on the stems at the same time, so you don’t need to make buds to put on the same stem as flowering florets.

Store the flowers in a container with a loose-fitting lid until you need them.

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