We love all things DC-area (duh!) around here, so we, of course, had to include a little local love for our DIY dessert series photographed by Hannah Colclazier Photography. Our inspiration? State flowers! We’re going to show you how to create these local blooms with a little gum paste and a little handiwork to wow your guests. You can use these sugar pretties on cupcakes, cakes, and even cookies! First up is the American dogwood – the state flower of Virginia! How cute would these be for a bridal shower in Virginia?!

Dogwood Bridal Shower Cupcakes

Gum Paste Dogwood Flowers Ingredients:

Gum Paste

Other Supplies:

Gum Paste Flower Cutter Set
Fondant ball tool
Veining tool
Flower Impression Mat
Vodka or water
Clean paint brush
Food coloring (pink or green)
Optional: Pearl Dust/Luster Dust

Pink Dogwood Cake Flowers DIY Gumpaste Dogwood Flower

To Make:

Remove gum paste from packaging, knead and roll out to 1/16” thick. Use dogwood shape cutter on gum paste and tear away excess.

Gently lay impression mat over cutout and press firmly.

Next, take the cutout (imprint side up!) and, using the ball tool, gently cup each round side of each petal. With the veining tool, create a small fold between the two round edges of each petal – creating a small peak. Take ball tool and make an indentation in the center of the flower.

Rest flower in a flower forming cup – found in most craft supply stores! – or on, a piece of foam.

Let the flower dry for a few hours before coloring!

To Color:

Mix desired food coloring shade in a small cup with a little bit of vodka or water.

Use a clean painting brush to color the edge of each flower.

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A big, big thank you to Hannah Colclazier Photography for taking such pretty pictures! Where will you be using your gum paste flowers?? Don’t forget to check out all of our other wedding DIY desserts! Can you tell we have a sweet tooth!?

Are you looking for more local wedding ideas? Be sure to look through our DC area wedding idea galleries and find wedding advice from local DC area pros. If that isn’t enough, check out our collection of local DMV weddings from the real world and the best DC area wedding vendors who make it all happen. You can also connect in our DC area wedding forums and share your wedding announcement with the world!

Photo Credits: Hannah Colclazier Photography

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