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Autumn Gumpaste Leaves

How to make Autumn Gumpaste Leaves

Autumn Gumpaste Leaves are an easy edible decoration that can be made to dress up all your baked goods this Fall! 
Course Dessert
Cuisine American
Keyword gumpaste
Prep Time 10 minutes
Total Time 2 hours
Servings 12 cupcakes
Author Nicole Crocker


Items needed to make these leaves

  • 1 ,16 ounce package Wilton pre made gumpaste ,you won't use the whole bag
  • 1 ,1/2 ounce container Wilton Fondant color dust ,assorted colors, red,brown,green,yellow, and orange, or colors of your choice
  • Rolling pin , any type will work
  • Maple leaf cookie cutter
  • shortening ,to rub on hands to prevent sticking
  • confectioner sugar ,to dust work surface
  • ball tool for crimping leave edge ,optional
  • any type of leaf you can find that will imprint veins into your gumpaste
  • assorted clean paint brushes
  • paper plate or crumpled up tin foil to dry leaves on


How to make Autumn Gumpaste Leaves

  • Knead about a golf ball sized piece of gumpaste to soften
  • Dust work surface with confectioner sugar or corn starch
    Autumn Gumpaste Leaves
  • Place gumpaste on work surface and slightly flatten with your hand.
    Autumn Gumpaste Leaves
  • Roll gumpaste out with rolling pin.
    Autumn Gumpaste Leaves
  • Roll to about 1/8 inch thickness.
    Autumn Gumpaste Leaves
  • Press cookie cutter on surface and cut out as many leaves as desired.
    Autumn Gumpaste Leaves
  • Remove excess gumpaste.
    Autumn Gumpaste Leaves
  • Carefully lift one leaf off of surface and place on foam pad.
  • Place real leaf onto your gumpaste leaf to imprint veins. Press down evenly over leaf surface.
    Autumn Gumpaste Leaves
  • Remove leaf.
    Autumn Gumpaste Leaves
  • Use ball tool to crimp edge of leaf.
    Autumn Gumpaste Leaves
  • Place on paper plate to dry overnight.
    Autumn Gumpaste Leaves
  • Once leaves are hardened, add color dust to your leaves. Use colors of your choice. 
    Autumn Gumpaste Leaves
  • Bring a small pot of water or tea kettle to a boil. Once steam begins to rise hold leaf over steam...high enough up that you don't scald your fingers...to set the color. 
    Autumn Gumpaste Leaves
  • Lay you leaves out on a paper plate of cookie sheet to dry.
    Autumn Gumpaste Leaves
  • Decorate you baked goods, pies and cupcakes or store leaves in an air tight container until you are ready to use them.


**More detailed directions are written in this post above.