Last year it was popular to make mosaic cakes with gumpaste/fondant tiles. Maybe I am a tad bit late to the party, but I think mosaics designs are timeless, so they will never go out of style in my gumpasting book.
I decided for this project to create mosaic flowers constructed out of rolled-out-of-gumpaste/fondant tile pieces then duplicate them in a 3D-gumpaste version. For my floral subject I chose the dogwood because I think its flowering branches lend themselves nicely to being made out of tiles as well as having pretty blossoms that could accent the top of a cake. Sadly, I had to rely on photographs for inspiration since I cannot grow the beautiful dogwood tree here in Irvine, CA.
Painting Gumpaste/Fondant Tiles
For me the hardest part was choosing the coloring to make the background tiles. I wanted a color that would enhance the white flower while at the same time look appealing on a cake. In the end I settled on a color combining aqua and turquoise with a nod more towards green than blue. If you are familiar with it, it is similar to Martha Stewart’s former paint color “Sea Glass”. (Don’t you love the name of this color?) In order to achieve it I mixed together leaf green gel paste, sky blue gel paste and Wilton White-White Icing Color and painted it onto fresh gumpaste/fondant to create my tiles. Instead of leaving the tiles with a matte finish I varnished them with some Confectioner’s Glaze in order to give them a shine that mimics the real thing.
Mosaic Tile Tips
I glued on my dogwood flowers and stems on the side of the cake first and then, working with various sizes and shapes of the background tile pieces, filled in the remaining spaces. Start early in the day as the process is a little time consuming (especially if it is a large cake). I did not have an assistant, but I think it would have been really nice if I did. That way one person can cut and add the glue to the tiles while the other applies them onto the cake. I thought of asking my husband Ken if he would like to be the cutter/glue applier, but I decided I valued my marriage more than my time. Oh well, maybe next time.