I wouldn't say the second flower in the new Wilton Course 4 Advanced Gum Paste Flowers is all that realistic, but then again, gerbera daisies don't always look all that realistic! Even growing out of the ground, there's a sort of pop-art sameness about them, which is very conducive to gum paste reproduction. I couldn't help myself when someone looked in on the class and asked, "What is this a class in?" I answered, "Play-Doh." Read on for how to make this whimsical bloom. The tools needed include a gum paste storage mat to use for a work surface, a 9" fondant roller fitted with purple rings, a small container of gum glue adhesive (made from a pinch of gum paste dissolved in a tablespoon of water), an angled brush, a 4" flower forming cup (which I can't find anywhere so had to settle on a 3" one or a similarly sized dish), a dusting pouch filled with a 50/50 mix of cornstarch and powdered sugar, a piece of purple shaping foam, a few tools from the Wilton 10-piece Gum Paste Tool Set (the large ball tool, the large veining tool, the modeling sticks, and the palette knife), and a few items from the student kit for Course 4 (the impression mat, and the large and small daisy cutters). You'll also need a gumball-sized piece of yellow gum paste, and a golf ball-sized piece of pink gum paste (or whatever color you like; also, in class we've been using a 50/50 blend of fondant and gum paste to allow us more time to work before it dries out; always keep it in a baggie or under a plastic cup until you're ready to use it).
Allow the flower to dry in a 4" flower forming cup (if you have one), or in an appropriately-sized bowl. If you allow it to dry on a 3" flower forming cup, it will definitely be more concave.
Make a second flower, exactly like this one. Use your brush to dab some gum glue adhesive in the center of the first flower…
…and then position the second flower on top of it. Be sure the petals aren't stacked on top of each other; rotate the top flower over half a petal so all of the petals' tips are showing: