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post #1 of 12
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Hi, This is my first post....I have been looking all over in the forums for this answer, so if someone can point me in the right direction, that would be helpful. I saw this book (accompanied by many cutters) in the store today for $20. Is it good? I couldn't look inside the book because it was sealed with all the goodies. I am new to "X-games" type cake decorating (all my cakes have just been decorated flat, no 3D stuff). I made my first cake with gumpaste for my twin nieces birthday party last weekend. I wasn't without flaws, but thank God for relatives who like to eat cake! Now I am going to be making a double-layer chocolate cake (10" and 8" square) with raspberry filling and ganache. I wanted to put a lilly or something on it, and wanted to use this book as a guide. So, long story short, is this a good reference? I thought maybe the cutters were worth the price?? Thanks, princess.gif Sarah
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post #2 of 12
I do have this kit and have not had much luck with it. I found it frustrating for someone with no gumpaste flower experience to make them work properly. I don't think that I am a clutz nor stupid. I have tried many times to do them as in the book with no results. Maybe someone else that has done them from the book will comment.
post #3 of 12
I recently bought the Wilton gum paste flower kit that comes with the book and so far am happy with it. I have learned how to make apple blossoms and daisies, and they actually look like the pictures! The directions are easy to follow and I find the pictures helpful as well. I'm going through the book as it was written, working my way up to harder flowers. The lily (and the rose) are later lessons as they are more difficult.

I hope this helps!
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post #4 of 12
If you have a Micheals or Hobby Lobby buy it when they have a 40% off coupon. That is what I did. I have not used it yet though...just have not had the time.
post #5 of 12
The wilton kit is a good starting point. In my pics my first wedding cake flowers were done using only the cutters in the kit, but I found the instructions nearly impossible to follow and checked out several books from the library to get instructions on how to do flowers.

If you take the Wilton III class, it shows how to do a fondant rose. That is also a good introduction.

With the new gum paste out, I hope Wilton will revamp their book and kit also and get with the times. I think that the flowers in their pics have too thick petals and not the prettiest flowers around. Also, they won't ever give any methods for materials they don't sell- like petal dust, etc.

Good luck!
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With the new gum paste out, I hope Wilton will revamp their book and kit also and get with the times. I think that the flowers in their pics have too thick petals and not the prettiest flowers around. Also, they won't ever give any methods for materials they don't sell- like petal dust, etc.

Good luck!



I have heard they are coming out with new classes and a new way to do the flowers but that won't be until January sometime. Wish it was closer as I learn faster with someone showing me how to do things.
post #7 of 12
The book is a starting point for gumpaste flowers. If you can find a cake shop in your area see if they offer classes or maybe try to find a decorator in your area that does them who may help you.
Also there are some articles on here for gumpaste flowers that are very helpful and lots of people here to help give you some direction.

I've personally toyed with the book, but only found it somewhat helpful. I've decided to get another gumpaste flower book that see if it is more helpful for me.
post #8 of 12
I have the book and I'm happy with it. Before buying the book, I haven't worked with gumpaste before. I still haven't. I wanted to do the rose, but I didn't want to waste any supplies so I used Play-Doh instead. I couldn't get the Play-Doh rolled out as thin as the directions say to but it worked well enough for me to make a rose. It's in my pics. HTH.

Leslie
post #9 of 12
I purchased the set, as my wilton class talked out teacher into doing a gumpaste class. (we really just wanted an excuse to keep meeting and practicing)

I remember it being helpful, but must admit I have not really gone back to it since the class.

I would definately wait for a coupon (if you like at $20 you will it at 12$.)
post #10 of 12
I bought these cutters a few months back
but i never got the book icon_sad.gif
these have just been sitting there, i dont know what to do
does anybody know where i can download it?
post #11 of 12
I have and use both the book and cutters, they are apart of my many resources for making gumpaste flowers. I'm still in the learning phase, but I so love making these flowers, it relaxes me (LOL)!
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post #12 of 12
If you can use a 40% off coupon, the price is DEFINITELY worth it for the cutters alone. I have used the book for instructions, but I find tutorials online SO much more useful. I have, though, used the cutters for MANY other uses...not just for the flowers in the books. It is a purchase that I would make again, if given the choice.
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