2012 marks the 100th Birthday of Girl Scouts of the USA, and the celebration is continuing all year! I’ll try to quickly post everything I learn that has to do with daisies (the Girl Scouts’ official flower), so you can make daisies for a commemorative cake (surely there’s a cooking badge that this project could apply toward). When I learned this daisy in the third session of Wilton's Course 3: Gum Paste and Fondant, it was made with a 50/50 mix of gum paste and fondant. I know that gum paste is supposedly edible (and has a kosher rating and all), but I just can't imagine serving up a cupcake that's likely to get eaten by kids, decorated with something that isn't edible so much as it's "food safe" or "non toxic" (as though it were a kids' crafting supply). I tried to make the daisies out of straight fondant, and found the process is just as easy and effective (and far more delicious).
Here’s what you’ll need: a 9” fondant roller fitted with 1/16” pink rings, a dusting pouch filled with a 50/50 mix of powdered sugar and cornstarch, a container of gum glue adhesive (a pinch of gum paste dissolved in a tablespoon of water), a small brush, a large mum cutter (part of the Course 3 Student kit or the Wilton Ultimate Decorating Set, a piece of thin pink shaping foam, the veiner tool from the Wilton 10-piece Fondant & Gum Paste Tool Set, yellow and white fondant, a gum paste storage board (to use as a work surface), yellow sugar (optional), and flower forming cups (large for petals that are more spread out, small if you want your daisies to be more “cupped.”
Roll a pea-sized piece of yellow fondant into a ball: