Gumdrop flowers

You know it’s spring when I start playing with gum drops! I think these are precious. I’ve made gum drop roses, black-eyed Susan’s, daisies, carnations and assorted flowers you’ll never find in nature. I’ve used just tiny buds on a cupcakes and covered the entire top of a layer cake. Their fun to make -and beautiful to look at.

Directions

Place a generous handful of sugar on a cutting board. Squash one gumdrop with the heel of your hand to flatten it a bit. Using a rolling pin, roll the gumdrop, turning and sprinkling with more sugar to prevent sticking, until it is very flat and very thin. Cut, using a pizza cutter, into desired shapes to create rose buds, carnations, etc. Cut into wedges to create petals, or in half to create rolled up rose buds. Let your imagination guide you. The thinner the edges  the better- even a little raggedy is great. It'll give a more natural finished look.

To make leaves, roll a green gumdrop into a circle and cut into wedges. Pinch the wide end to create a pointed leaf shape. Press it against the gumdrop flower. Press flower into cupcake or cake.


What's Needed:

 

large fruit flavored gum drops in assorted colors
granulated sugar

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Mojitos by the pitcher
Blueberry Martini Ice Pops

Stars & Stripes Old Glory Cake
Cherry Bombs
Porterhouse for Two

Classic Cherry Bounce
Blue Ice
Ginger Peach Bellini

Benedictine Spread
Bourbon Molasses Glazed Chicken Wings
Sweet Sushi

Gumdrop flowers
Peanut Butter Bunny Crisp Cake
Chicken and Salsa Tamales

How to make Crepes
Italian Lemon Drop Cookies
Roast Leg of Lamb with Oven Roasted Potatoes

Strawberry Cheesecake Brownies
Corned Beef Hash
King "Cup"cakes

Limoncello
Mini cocktails in chocolate cups
Chocolate-dipped Cheesecake-stuffed Strawberries

Booze Cakes
Rocky Road Chocolate Bark
Layered Chocolate Peppermint Bark

Red Velvet Pancakes
Pineapple Tarts
Jo's Candy Cane Bath Salts

Wild Mushroom and Goat Cheese Toasts
Potted Cheese
Beef and Guinness Stew with Potato Herb Dumplings

Bite-size Crab Cakes
Panty Cookies
The Vixen

Magic Wands
Beef Tenderloin with Horseradish Cream Sauce
Holiday Sliders

The Apple Cocktail
Caramel Apples
Baked Stuffed Brie

Spinach Con Queso Dip
Red Pepper Cheddar Dip
Buttermilk Banana Cake with Cream Cheese Cloud Frosting

April Shower Violette Cocktail
Easter wine pairings
Chocolate-dipped Marshmallows

Buttermilk Coconut Pie
Irish Soda Bread with Whiskey Butter
Roasted Corned Beef and Cabbage

Homemade Irish Cream
Guinness Float
Mini Ruebens in Rye Cups

Luscious Lip Balm
Grown-Up Chocolate Bourbon Balls
Beef Wellington

Chinese New Year Tradition: Dumplings and Whole Chicken
Pumpkin Pie Crepes
Potato Poppers

Pumpkin Bread
Cookie tips from Krystina Castella
Raspberry Vinegar

Rugelach
Homemade Peppermint Schnapps
Homemade Kahlua

Halloween Cupcakes
Blue Cheese-stuffed Dates
Spicy Pumpkin Pie with Bourbon Whipped Cream

Bourbon Slush
Black Widow Cocktail
Cinnamon Rolls

Ghoulish Pasta
Warm Brandied Fruit Compote
Snowman Spice Cupcakes

Gingerbread Cupcakes
Peppermint Cupcakes
Eggnog Cupcakes

Cake Pops
Lemon Cups
Rita Heikenfeld's Apple, Herb and Edible Flower Jelly

Purple Plum Torte from the The Essential New York Times Cookbook
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Banh Mi Meatball Sliders
Gingersnap Stout Frosting from The Dollop Book of Frosting by Heather Saffer
12 Bites of Perfect Party Foods

12 Days of Holiday Cheer
Sparkling Pomegranate Punch
Rosé Sangria with Cranberries and Apples

Gold Star Chili Holiday Pine Cone Dip
Glow in the Dark Shots
Open up a Can of Worms

Katie's Birthday Cake
Joanne Weir's Spicy Fried Chickpeas & Herb Salad with Tzatziki
Salted Caramel Cake from My Beverly Hills Kitchen by Alex Hitz

Turkey Cupcakes
Zinberry Sauce
Claire Robinson from the Food Network makes a Flourless Chocolate Cake

Blueberry Breeze
Conscious Cosmo
Made-over Mai Tai

Raspberry Lavender Lemonade
Prosecco and Popsicles
Mason Jar Lemonade

Frozen Light- Lime Margarita
Say Cheese!
Inspired Idea: Ice Cream Balls

Hot Brown Slider with Gravy Mayo
Mary's Derby Roses with Drunken Cherries
Jon's Bourbon Brownie Pie

Jon's Blackberry Bourbon Julep
Tequila Smash
Wine-glazed Brie with Flower Petal Mosaic

Skinny Pina Colada
Peperonata with Ricotta Crostoni from Jon's Wine Bar
Raspberry Bombshell

Pears Baked in Red Wine alla Piemontese Courtesy of Barbetta Restaurant, New York, New York
Lutèce Gambas au Beurre d’Escargot (Freshwater Prawns with Snailbutter)
Caesar Salad from Keens’ Steakhouse, New York, New York

Cheddar and Stout Fondue
Champ
St. Patrick's Day recipes

Kiss me I'm Irish Cocktail
Mudslide "Cake" Cocktail
Baked Goat Cheese in Spicy Tomato Sauce

Everything really is better with bacon!
Gingerbread Cookie Martini
Carrot Cake from Chuck Hughes

Shrimp Cavatelli with Tomato Concasse, Braised Fennel, and Clam Nage
Mulled Wine
Warm Pomegranate Cider

Chocolate-covered Peppermint Martini
Herbed Mozzarella Bites
Chef Clendon Springer's Baked Brie with Sugar Roasted Pears and Red Fruit Compote

Holiday Cookie Tree Centerpiece
Peanut Butter-Toffee Cheesecake Brownies
Triple Peanut Fudge

Dark Chocolate Peanut Butter Fudge
Sugar Pumpkin Chutney in a Paper Pumpkin Cage
Turkey 101

Blue Cheese Walnut Dip
The Winemaker Cooks: A chat with Chris Hanna
Thanksgiving Dessert Buffet Ideas

"Blue Christmas" Cosmo
Pumpkin Pie Martini
Satan's Whiskers

Homemade Gyros
Spooky Spiderweb Cupcakes
Gold Star Mini Meatloaf “Cupcakes” with Mashed Potato Icing

Berry Cabernet Pops
Marzipan Apples
Pinwheel Steak Skewers

Cranberry Liqueur
Raspberry ‘Limon’ Martini
Caipirinha

Pina Colada Ice Pops
Mojitos by the pitcher
Blueberry Martini Ice Pops

Watermelon Margarita
Tres Leches White Russian
Blue Ice

Smoked Salmon Mousse
Peaches in Wine
Laurie David's Vietnamese Soup in a Teapot

Ginger Peach Bellini
Baby Mushroom Bacon Cheese Burgers with Field Greens
Beer Margaritas

Gold Star Chili Hot Brown Bake
Cucumber and Watermelon Rolls with Feta
Gumdrop flowers

Derby Pie with Bourbon Whipped Cream
Chicken and Salsa Tamales
King "Cup"cakes

Mini cocktails in chocolate cups
Chocolate-dipped Cheesecake-stuffed Strawberries
Rosemary Roast Beef Crostini

Beef Empanadillas
Sangria
Garlic Shrimp

Pineapple Tarts
Hungry Girl's Magical Low-Calorie Margarita
Hungry Girl's De-Pudged Pigs in a Blanket

Bite-size Blueberry Walnut and Brie Tarts
Wild Mushroom and Goat Cheese Toasts
Potted Cheese

Fruit Flower Kabobs
Gumby Slumber Cocktail
Beef and Guinness Stew with Potato Herb Dumplings

Bite-size Crab Cakes
The Vixen
White Peach Sangria

Magic Wands
Beef Tenderloin with Horseradish Cream Sauce
Fruit Tart with Gingersnap Cookie Crust

Southern Shrimp Salad
Holiday Sliders
The Apple Cocktail

Seared Peppered Tuna with Pickled Cucumber
Caramel Apples
Macadamia Chicken with Mango Butter Sauce

Beer-Batter Shrimp
Baked Stuffed Brie
Sirloin Empanadas

Spinach Con Queso Dip
Red Pepper Cheddar Dip
Antipasto Toss

April Shower Violette Cocktail
Easter wine pairings
Chocolate-dipped Marshmallows

Gorgonzola, Lacquered Bacon and Hendrick's Gin
Roasted Corned Beef and Cabbage
Homemade Irish Cream

Guinness Float
Mini Ruebens in Rye Cups
Chinese New Year Tradition: Dumplings and Whole Chicken

Hurricane
Thai Chicken Salad in baked Wonton Cups
Makers Mark Hot Crab Dip

Kentucky Margarita
Jim Beam Tipsy Barbecue Sauce
Steak and Goat Cheese Pinwheels

Maggy's Oreo Truffle Footballs
Cayenne Cheddar Cocktail Crackers
Veggies and Dip in Shot Glasses

Goat Cheese and Oven-dried Cherry Tomato Crostini
Lemon Drop
Banderillas

Warm Rosemary Olives
Loaded Mini Baked Potato Skins
Homemade Peppermint Schnapps

Homemade Kahlua
Halloween Cupcakes
Blue Cheese-stuffed Dates

Linda Smith's Gazpacho
Bourbon Slush
Crunchy Sesame Chicken Wings

Smoked Salmon Puff Pastry Pizza with Capers & Dill
Ghoulish Pasta
Buffalo Chicken on a Stick

Mini Potato Cups with Caviar
Crab Rangoon with Sambal-Sesame Dipping Sauce
Sausage Rolls

Lemon Cups
Asian Chicken Salad on Endive Spears
Mango Mai Tai

Watermelon Sorbet
Rita Heikenfeld's Apple, Herb and Edible Flower Jelly
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