It’s cherry blossom season here in Washington DC, so you know we just had to whip something up in the kitchen for another installment in our DIY wedding dessert series. The cherry blossom trees are starting bloom and the word is that this weekend will be the peak bloom. If you haven’t been down to the Mall, Tidal Basin and Haines Point – get going! For today’s DIY wedding project, we created easy and edible cherry blossom blooms to use on cupcakes, cakes and more for your upcoming event – wedding, bridal showers, rehearsal dinners, the ideas are endless! These little beauties are so simple and will dress up any cake, cookie or plate. Here is how I made these cherry blossoms out of gum paste…

DIY Gum Paste Cherry Blossoms


Wilton Ready-to-Use Gum Paste
Vegetable shortening
Pink gel food coloring
Wilton white sugar pearls (optional)
Wilton edible adhesive or royal icing (optional)


Wilton flower former set

Five petal cutter
Silicone flower veiner

DIY Washington DC Wedding Cherry Blossom Cupcake Toppers

To Make:

First, put on those gloves! The last thing you’ll want is food coloring on your skin and the gum paste can’t get sticky! Next, put a little vegetable shortening on your palms – kind of like hand lotion. It’s a little gross, I know, but it helps to soften the gum paste.

To color the gum paste, dip your toothpick into the gel food coloring and then poke several holes into the gum paste and massage it in until you’ve reached your desired color. I like my cherry blossoms light pink, but you can always have white blooms.

Lightly dust your work space with cornstarch. Using your roller, flatten out the gum paste until it’s 1/8 in. Cut out the blooms using the five-petal cutter. Gently, pick up each flower and let them set in the veiner. Lastly, gently take the flowers out of the veiner and leave them to dry in the flower former.

Once the flowers are dry, you can decorate them however you wish. For these blossoms pictured, I used edible adhesive to stick three sugar pearls in the middle of each flower. If you don’t have edible glue on hand, you can easily put a small dot of royal icing to “glue” the sugar pearls to the cherry blossom. (PS – You can find my favorite recipe for royal icing right here!)

And voilà, there goes your super easy to make cherry blossom blooms to use for cakes, cupcakes, whatever!


Where will you be using your cherry blossoms? Don’t forget to check out all of our other wedding DIY desserts! In particular, you might like these Maryland-inspired black-eyed Susans cupcake toppers and Virginia-inspired gum paste dogwood cupcake toppers, too! 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 share your wedding announcement with the world!

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