Decorating Mystery Solved: Calla Lily Former Set

April 19th, 2011 by Stephanie Ferrini

A plastic ice cream cone? A heart cutter? What is this and how does it make a Calla Lily? Well, I’m glad you asked! The Calla Lily Former Set is very easy to use and gives cakes a beautiful, elegant look. Before you get started, there are a few items you will need:

Calla Lily Former Set

To begin, roll out the white gum paste about 1/8 of an inch thick, then use the heart cutter to cut out six shapes. Be sure to cover up whatever gum paste you are not working with – it dries fast! Use the ball tool on the thin piece of the Fondant Shaping Foam Set to thin out the sides of your heart shape.

Rolling Out a Calla Lily

Next, with the point of the heart facing down, wrap the gum paste around a cone that has been dusted with powdered sugar. Glue the two round pieces of the heart together with gum paste adhesive. Gently fold the sides of the flower up to give it that Lily look. Allow that to dry.

Next, you can make the center of the flower. Roll out yellow gum paste an 1/8 of an inch. I used the yellow fondant from the Rolled Fondant Primary Color Multi-Pack to tint the gum paste.

Calla Lily Center

Use the medium size cutter from the Round Cut-Outs. Cut that circle in half, roll into a ball then elongate that shape to about 1 1/4 inch. Brush the shape 3/4 of the way with gum paste adhesive and roll in sprinkling sugar. To make this process easier, you can stick a piece of uncooked spaghetti into the shape.

One of the last steps in this process is to make the calyx. Roll out gum paste tinted green to 1/16 of an inch. For this, it is helpful to use the pink guide rings that come with the Perfect Height Rolling Pin.

Calla Lily Calyx

Cut out a circle using the medium cutter from the Round Cut Outs. Like the center, you cut this circle in half. With the round part facing down, wrap the half circle around the base of the Lily and connect with Gum Paste Adhesive.

To even further the realistic look of this Lily, dry brush some Leaf Green Pearl Dust on the outside of the flower.

Once the Calla Lily has dried, take it off the cone. Apply Gum Paste Adhesive to the remaining 1/4 of the center and slightly press into the flower. It is best to let the flowers sit overnight to be sure they are fully dry. Depending on how many you make this can be a lengthy process so enlist some help and make an afternoon of it!

When the Calla Lilies are done, there are endless possibilities as to the cakes to can make with them. You can make leaves border like I did with the Rose Leaf Fondant Cut and Press Set.

 Calla Lily Cake

I have very recently fallen in love with fondant and gum paste. Calla Lilies are just one of the many beautiful flowers you can make. Enjoy!

Stephanie Ferrini Stephanie is a Wilton Customer Service Key Account Rep. Her love for baking began at an early age and she has enjoyed learning more about baking and cake decorating since she started working at Wilton in 2010. She is also currently a culinary student. When she is not baking for her friends and family, she spends her free time with her dog, Checkers.

35 Replies

  1. Paula says:

    Great blog Steph! Your step by step instructions make me want to give Calla Lilies a try!

  2. Chandra says:

    Awesome job! This cake is one for the catalog!

  3. Lisa Johnson says:

    I have used this Wilton product to make these beautiful flowers. I thought it would be hard to make, but they are so eay to make. Loves Wilton products!

  4. Krys says:

    Gorgeous cake and great instructions! Thank you so much!

  5. SYLVIA KEMKER says:

    i like thes on like to mack it

  6. Estelle says:

    Calla Lillies are gorgeous to make… I have only made a few of the large ones… I make little ones by hand with a small heart cookie cutter and I pipe in yellow icing for the stamens and pipe on icing leaves afterward, they look really sweet individually on squares or cupcakes ! and so simple to do

  7. mike g says:

    Steph, the liilies are a great Easter idea, thanks for showing us how, mike g

  8. Shirley Jezewski says:

    Calla lillies were always one of my favorite flowers. How great to be able to make them with this great tool!

  9. Your cake turned out beautiful!

  10. Claudia says:

    This is so COOL! I can’t wait to try this! Thanks for your step-by-step directions!

  11. fareena says:

    Wow thank u somuch Wilton School, i did Lily flower for my B’day, pls. do update us more information reg. yr Wk..great keeptup, Cheersss to da Schoool.:)

  12. angel nunez says:

    love the cake I am a Wilton instructor and would love to share this picture with my students
    thank you :)

    • Stephanie says:

      Thank you, Angel! I hope to become an instructor soon too! I am flattered you would like to share my photo :-)

  13. D'anne Dzon says:

    I used this set to make the final cake for class. 50 lillies later and i fell in love with this flower. I may get a chance again soon as I have a bride who wants a coral/red/green calla lillies on her cake!!!!

  14. mehru says:

    all the step by step details made it so simple and fun to make.i just got done making them and no doubt they turned out to be exact as shown.thank you for sharing the detailed procedure with pictures,they really helped :)

  15. Elsa Pioli says:

    Es un trabajo estupendo, lástima que no entiendo el inglés, pero es tan didáctico que se aprende sólo con ver las imágenes.
    Elsa desde Buenos Aires, Argentina

  16. sandy says:

    What a beatiful cake, it’s nice to learn new ways to make lillies, thank you for the tip. I’ll make some.

  17. yt says:

    Nice, well done.

  18. judy davis says:

    I would like to make calla lillies out of chocolate. Do you have suggestions for that?

  19. sarah says:

    the cake looks great

  20. Carmen Zayas says:

    El bizcocho quedo precioso.

  21. tiffany says:

    i love this and will def have to get this set! my grandmother who passed loved these flowers…my moms second favorite. thinking of doing some in a cake in near future…thanks for sharing your cake is beautiful!

  22. Pol says:

    Step by step instruction is really helpful for me. Thanx a lot.

  23. spotted gum says:

    Great site. Plenty of useful info here. I am sending it to a few friends ans also sharing in delicious. And naturally, thank you in your effort!

  24. Anne says:

    I’m confused because in the Wilton class my instructor told me to use the 50/50 fondant and gum paste but when i am practicing at home and read the book it says just gum paste.what is the best to use for these calla lilies?

    • Stephanie says:

      Hi Anne,

      Thank you for your comment! You can use either, it’s what you are more comfortable working with. If you are going to put the flowers on a buttercream cake, I would suggest using gum paste, as fondant softens on buttercream. When you use the 50/50 mix, the fondant helps keep it workable for longer because gumpaste dries very quickly.

      Let me know if you have any more questions!
      -Stephanie

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