Gum Paste Peony Cake with Buttercream Ruffles

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I just love peonies, and the process of creating realistic gum paste versions of these impressive flowers is easier than you think!

Elegant Gum Paste Peonies Tutorial by


Gum Paste Flowers with No Wires Required

One of my favorite things about this style of gum paste peony is that no wiring of petals is required. For me, this really simplifies things, and if you are new to the world of gum paste flowers, this is a great flower to start with.

Learn How to Make a Gum Paste Peony in this cake decorating video tutorial by Member Section.


How to Make a Gum Paste Peony with a Five Petal Cutter

In this video, you will learn how to create a beautiful peony using a 5 petal peony cutter.  In the tutorial, I used the metal 5 petal cutter that I've used for years, not realizing that it is now difficult to find online.

However, the plastic versions are available at several online stores (usually in sets of varying sizes). I'll link to one in our materials section.

Other Options for Making Gum Paste Peonies

You will also see in our tutorial that creating a peony one petal at a time is very simple as well if you would rather shop for individual peony petal cutters.

We also demonstrate how to create a peony petal from a round circle cutter. This is truly a very impressive yet forgiving flower and technique, we hope that you enjoy it!

Finally, in this video we will demonstrate a super simple buttercream piping technique that creates a unique vintage feel.



In this video, we used 8 inch and 6 inch tiers frosted with our High Ratio Frosting recipe. Just as with any tiered cake, each tier should be on it's own cake circle. These are cake dummies but ordinarily I would place 5 bubble tea straws beneath the top tier for support. 

Gum Paste (or fondant with tylose powder kneaded into it)

Peony Cutter (there are many great options online which would work well with the techniques shown in the video. Here is a very similar one that comes in a set of various sizes: Peony Cutter)


Coloring Gels: Americolor Lemon Yellow, Deep Pink, Leaf Green, Avocado Green

Cel Pad

Ball Tool

Veining tool of choice (veiner, veining mold, gum paste tool, or simply a toothpick)

Petal tip 104

Floral wire (optional) for green "string of pearls" vine.  We used 26 gauge

Vodka (for creating paint with yellow coloring gel)

Tylose Glue (We mixed a little tylose powder with a little warm water to create a "glue" for our petals.)

Miscellaneous: Our form for drying flowers was made from a small bowl and foil.  We bits of pillow stuffing for arranging the petals for drying. Bits of paper towel would work as well.


Chocolate Peony Tutorial!

We also have a free cake video tutorial for a peony made of chocolate candy coating! If you'd like to do a little experimenting with this idea, you can find the video here: Chocolate Peony Cake

Elegant Chocolate Peony created from candy coating! Video tutorial by!

Enjoy the Video! 

Thanks so much for stopping by! If you give the gum paste peonies or buttercream technique a try, we would love for you to leave a comment and photo below!

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  1. omg malissa.. you are a genius.. i made these large peonies for a wedding cake and it took me ages and ages and you make it look so simple . will defi do it like you next time... love the cake. love all your cakes to be honest

  2. Hi Melissa, what brand of gum paste did you use? It looks very smooth and easy to work with. I tried making a peony and it came out ok, but my fondant, Satin Ice, wasn’t as smooth and easy to work with as yours seem to be.

  3. Hi Debbie, we like Satin Ice gum paste. For me, it's the most cooperative ;0) If your fondant/tylose or gum paste is ever too stiff, you can microwave it for a few seconds or knead in a little vegetable shortening or glycerine. I hope this helps!