Stacy is always making cupcakes and topping them with the most beautiful swirls of frosting. They're almost too pretty to eat. Almost. But this time she has outdone herself. Behold the daisy cupcake topper. They're made with gum paste, also known as sugar paste, pastillage, or sometimes candy clay. It starts as a powder, gets mixed into a dough, and dries crispy like candy (think Neccos). If you loved playing with Playdough as a child, you're going to love this stuff!
You can find gum paste mix all over online (try Wilton brand) and at specialty baking stores. Add water according to the mix's directions and knead into a soft dough. You can also add food coloring to tint the dough at this point. Roll the dough out into about 1/16" to 1/8" thick.
Using a cookie cutter (we used a daisy similar to Wilton's push 'n print cutters), cut out your shapes.
Next, color in any parts you want to accent using a food coloring paste or gel (we colored the flower centers). Let your shapes dry completely before putting them on a cake. This can take 24 hours or more! Then place on top of your cupcakes or cake. Don't these just scream Spring?
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