Friday, May 3

From Molten Sugar to Full Bloom – Molding a Gumpaste Water Lily with Michelle Galpern

Happy Friday – Michelle here with my first official post! I am so honored and excited to be a part of the new Amazing Crafting Products Creative Team. I have so many ideas and I can’t wait to get started. For today's project, I am sharing how to make this beautiful Gumpaste Water Lily.

My daughter, Sidney, started a cake decorating business and she asked me to help her with a few designs. I was thrilled to take my jewelry mold making ideas and apply them to the cake decorating world. Today I am excited to give you a peek into the world of Simi Cakes and Confections.

Amazing Mold Putty is a food grade silicone, which means I can use it to make chocolate, fondant, sugar, butter, ice, gelatin, gummy or any food in the mold. My daughter designed a beautiful water lily as a cake topper and asked if we could mold it to make one when we needed one. The mold creates petals, stamens, and support structures all made out of the sugar of your choice.

Using Amazing Mold Putty, I have created a two-part mold for the sphere, and a mold with two petals, a disc and two stamens.

Here’s how to make the water lily in gumpaste:

1. Press gumpaste into the petal forms on the Water Lily mold. You will need 15 petals-3 rows of 5, 20 stamens, 1 sphere and 1 disc.

2. To curve the petals remove them from the mold and place them in a curved apple crate.

3. Wrap the stamens and bend around the sphere center facing upwards. Cover the center sphere completely in stamens (approx 20).

4. To assemble the first row of petals glue the petals using royal icing. Place the petal under the support disc and hold to secure. It will only take a few seconds to dry. Repeat with 4 more petals.

5. For the second row cut 3/4" off of the bottom of 5 more petals (otherwise they will be to long).

6. Attach the second row just like the first, but at intervals in between the first row's petals. This row will attach to the side of the disc.

7. Attach the center of the water lily to the middle of the disc before attaching the third row.

8. Repeat the process of cutting and attaching 5 petals for the third row. Attach the third row to the top of the disk. Paint with an airbrush or petal/ luster dusts.

Here is a video of how to make this amazing water lily
in sugar, isomalt, gumpaste or fondant:

For more tutorials working with sugar, please CLICK HERE.

Until next time, Keep life sweet!   ~ Michelle Galpern
Simi Cakes & Confections


  1. This is so sweet (pun). I love it and you can eat it to amzing!!!!
    You could enter this in my DL.ART Thankful Thursday Anything Goes May Linky Party
    DIANA L.

  2. This is exciting! Would love to try this!Thanks for the opportunity!


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