Quick Tip: How To Remove Color From Gumpaste Flowers

This is a cake hack, but it’s important to know this if you ever need to match the cake colors to a wedding theme color.

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I recently did some gumpaste roses, dusted them, then decided that I wanted some of them to be lighter because the color was too dark.

I didn’t want to dust them with a pearl dust, so the only alternative was to remove some of the color.

That isn’t so easy, though.

If you’re going to try this make sure the gumpaste is totally dry, and that you work with vodka, not water.

You want the liquid to evaporate and not sit on the surface of the gumpaste to soften it.

Removing the color.

Start with the flower, a clean paintbrush, some vodka and a paper towel.

gumpaste rose

Take the paintbrush and vodka and brush it on one petal at a time. The paintbrush shouldn’t be too wet, just make it damp enough that it dissolves the petal suat a little bit.

Make it wet enough that the color starts to lift, then rub it off with the paper towel.

gumpaste rose

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Keep working, removing the color bit by bit. Try to work quickly so that the gumpaste doesn’t start to soften up.

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If you need to get into the crevices, use the paintbrush to wet the area then take it and stuff the paper towel into the space between the petals using the brush.

removing more color

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This is going to take a while, so work slowly and get off as much color as you can while not softening up the petals.

Eventually you’ll get enough color off that you feel okay with it.

Let the flower dry, then re-dust with a lighter color, or leave it the way that it is.

lighter gumpaste rose

Make sure that the gumpaste is thoroughly dry before adding more dust to it, or the dust can end up being darker where the gumpaste was still wet.

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