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How to Make a Gum Paste Calla Lily


The graceful calla lily gets its signature curls from easy-to-shape gum paste.
Skill Level: Intermediate

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Step 1
Step 1

Roll out gum paste 1/8 in. thick. Use tulip leaf cutter from Floral Collection Flower Making Set to cut 1 leaf for each.

Step 2
Step 2

Cut 3/4 in. off tapered bottom. Use rolling pin to widen to approximately 3 in. across.

Step 3
Step 3

Place on thin foam lightly dusted with cornstarch; soften side edges with large ball tool from Fondant/Gum Paste Tool Set.

Step 4
Step 4

Position modeling stick over center of petal, 3/4 in. from bottom edge. Roll one side of petal over to center. Brush 1/4 in. of top edge with adhesive.

Step 5
Step 5

Wrap opposite edge over to form cone; pinch and smooth seams to seal. Gently shape top edge. Let dry on paper cone dusted with cornstarch.

Step 6
Step 6

For centers, roll a 1/4 in. thick rope; cut a 1 1/2 in. length for each lily. Smooth and taper tip; let dry. Dust with yellow Pearl Dust. Attach to calla lily with dot of royal icing; let dry.

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How to Make a Gum Paste Calla Lily is rated 4.9 out of 5 by 44.
Rated 5 out of 5 by from I love making the calla lily! However, one thing that I do differently is using a flower wire or dry mung bean noodle, I use a little gumpaste to form my center, and color and sugar it first. Then when it is time to shape the calla lily, I actually shape the lily around the center, and set the whole thing either upside down on a cone (hole cut out of tip to accommodate the center of flower), or hang it upside down by the wire to dry. You do not risk getting food coloring or colored glitter on your flower this way. If I am going to make 10 calla lilies, I make 10 centers ahead of time and allow them to dry. It does seem to make an easy process even easier.
Date published: 2010-11-30
Rated 5 out of 5 by from I think Calla Lillies are everyone's favorite flower to make because they are so easy to make, and so beautiful. I just made a wedding cake for someone, and I had Calla Lillies and lace on the cake. I used fondant, and I added petal dust in the center, a nice light yellow. I found that rolling the fondant out on cutting board kind of gave the Calla Lilly a little more texture and more life-like apparence. I think the most inportant thing to remember is to make every lilly a little differant, no two flower's are exactly alike. I alway's make more then I need, and pick out differant one's to make my arangement, differant sizes, some with the flower open, some just opening.
Date published: 2010-12-04
Rated 5 out of 5 by from I think the calla lily is a stunning flower especially for a wedding cake. The techniques explained in the directions with the forms are very simple and easy to follow. I made them in several diffferent colors to match the brightly decorated reception and the cake turned out gorgeous. I also painted down in the middle before putting in the stamen with petal dust in a shade slightly darker than the flower itself and it gave it so much more depth to the overall flower. I also rolled my stamen in colored sugar and it gave it a beautiful "pollen" look.
Date published: 2010-12-06
Rated 5 out of 5 by from This was an easy and beautiful flower to make with fondant. I had a great time making several! I did not know but you can also roll the center in yellow sparkly sugar for a different look. I saw some real ones in different colors so I will have to try making them also. The only problem I had was sometimes I melted the bottom when I used the vanilla flavoring to cement the long yellow piece to the outside petal. I got too much flavoring to on the outside petal. Be careful with this.
Date published: 2010-12-05
Rated 5 out of 5 by from I needed Calla Lillies for a graduation cake. Found an "old" way of making them. Never have worked with fondant before. I was so happy to finde the calla lilly kit. It made them very easy. I just had some trouble with the middles as they kept moving to the side of the flower. The cakes turned out beautiful with Calla Lillies in black and white.
Date published: 2010-12-04
Rated 5 out of 5 by from While taking the Wilton fondant and gum paste class at my local craft store, the calla lily was one of the first flowers that we made. It wasn't hard at all to create a beautiful, graceful calla lily, which is my personal favorite flower! The corn starch is a must, so don't leave it out. Also, I would suggest making sure that the work surface is clean and lint free to ensure perfectly clean and beautiful flowers!
Date published: 2010-12-04
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Wilton has made this technique so easy to learn. The Calla Lily is such a beautiful flower and one of the first I have learned how to make. Wilton has done such a good job at keeping things easy for us beginners. I am so excited to learn more from Wilton and look forward to learning more. Thank you Wilton for making my life easier. I look forward to many more years learning from Wilton.
Date published: 2010-11-30
Rated 5 out of 5 by from I love the calla lily, it is such an elegant flower. It is really easy to make, the steps were real easy to follow. I made a bridal shower cake with 20 of them on it and everyone was so impressed, they thought they were real. I plan on making their wedding cake also that will be filled with the same flowers. I used the new calla lilly form set and it was so easy.
Date published: 2010-12-06
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