Frequently Asked Questions
Readymade Gumpaste Sugarflowers
The gumpaste sugar flowers are intended for decorative purposes only
Caljava's Readymade Sugarflowers are made of Gumpaste, and are made by hand using gumpaste or aka sugarpaste (a mixture of sugar, oils, and gums). Many designs are also made using non edible floral wire, floral tape, and wired stamens.
Similar to fondant, gumpaste, aka sugar paste, is a pliable dough made of a mixture of powdered sugar, gums, and water. It can be rolled very thin and dries very firmly and hard perfect for making handmade sugarflowers and other cake decorations. It is fully edible and is most commonly used for pre making cake decorations.
Yes the most common way to decorate and add color to gumpaste sugar flowers is by using an airbrush. Airbrush colors and Luster or Petal Dust work great for spraying on sugarflowers.
Sugarflowers keep for several years and can be even kept and used past their “best by” date, as long as their are kept safe and away from direct sunlight and moisture.
There are several different ways to color the sugarflowers. The most common way is by using an airbrush to spray color onto the flower. Using a dry brush and Luster Dust or Petal Dust is another common way to add color and texture to the sugarflowers. Edible markers also work great for adding detail to the flowers. We have also dipped and dyed the sugarflowers in diluted food color similar to dyeing easter eggs.
The sugarflowers can be refrigerated, however we suggest to reduce the amount of time the flowers are in the fridge as much as possible. The moisture and condensation of common high traffic refrigerators will slowly break down the sugarflowers. So we suggest either, waiting as long as possible before placing the sugarflowers in the fridge, or place the decorated cake and flowers in a box prior to refrigerating to help keep condensation away from the sugarflowers.
The sugarflowers can be placed into the freezer safely. Simply keep them safe and away from breakage.
The sugarflowers can be placed in the and on the cake in many different ways. The easiest way is to properly place them on top of the cake resting. It is also helpful to place the sugarflowers in the cake by placing the stem in. A protective barrier can also be made to help place the sugar flower in the cake, simply start by trimming a portion of a straw, and stake it into the cake. Then place the stem of the sugarflowers into the straw, keeping it away from the rest of the cake. Here is a short video tutorial showing How to place the sugarflowers into the cake.
We do our best to package and ship the gumpaste sugarflowers the best that we can, and continue improving our processes as we grow. However, due to the fragile nature of gumpaste, breakage can occur occasionally during shipping. Don't panic. All is not lost, there are a few creative ways to work with the remaining flower or repair the breakage. The easiest way to disguise any breakage is, when possible, cut off the entire petal or leaf that is damaged. Or by placing the broken petal against the icing hiding the breakage. Depending on the flower, at times the remaining components or leaves that are not broken can be removed and unassembled to be added to other flowers or used to repair other flowers. Here are some tips to repair or adjust broken flowers (Video: How to repair gumpaste flowers).
It is best to store your gumpaste sugarflowers in their original packaging with the sponge properly placed in a cool, dark and dry area. Moisture and direct UV light are not good for the storage of the sugarflowers.
There are many different ways to decorate the sugarflowers. The most common ways are with Luster Dusts and Petal Dusts, an Airbrush, Edible markers, and with diluted food colors. Adding a smoked petal design is an easy and quick way to add depth and texture to your sugarflowers, here is a short tutorial (Video: How to add smoked edges to gumpaste sugarflowers.)
An easy way to quickly bring your sugarflowers to life is by adding a light coat of Super Pearl Luster Dust with a Pump Brush. The light pearl effect greatly adds to the overall sugarflower design.
There are a number of sugarflowers available that are packaged and sold individually, please place special notice to the item detail of “Quanitity Per Box” in the item’s description. There are a large majority of sugarflowers that are sold in more than one in a box, and only sold in the “quantity per box” amount.
The sugarlfowers are individually packaged very carefully by hand using impact tested styrofoam and reinforced boxes. Here is a short video showing how our readymade sugarflowers are packed (How to use readymade gumpaste sugarflowers.)
Due to the fragile nature of cured gumpaste, the sugarflowers are relatively fragile. Please handle with care when opening and adjusting the petals and leaves after opening.
Yes your order may be expedited to meet your time constraints, when stock is available. Simply place your order for standard ground shipping, then in the memo please mention that you will need the order expedited and your timeline, then customer service will reach out to arrange expedited shipping. Or you may contact firstname.lastname@example.org to request a quote or call (800) 207-2750 to place the order over the phone.
It is always a good idea to order a few extra flowers than you may anticipate needing simply because, accidents can happen. Accidents of breakage, misplacement, or even miscalculation and the cake ends up needing a few more flowers that first thought. Any extra or spare sugarflowers can always be stored and kept for long periods of time for a future cake design.
Please keep in mind a few factors when purchasing flowers for your cake design. Make sure to leave plenty of time of at least a week or two just incase you will need to order additional or replacement sugarflowers. Please consider ordering your flowers as far in advance as possible also as at times particular sugarflower may go out of stock.
Buying and using readymade gumpaste sugarflowers allows to cake artists to focus more on their business and overall design of their cakes. By sourcing your sugarflowers, it saves a large amount of time, effort, and stress. Then all of that time effort, and stress can be applied more efficiently towards completing more cake orders, more extravagant designs, and most importantly more personal time.
Buying sugarflowers will immediately improve any cake business because by adding readymade sugarflowers, you immediately add significant value to the cake. A $20 sheet cake with one flower can rise to a $30 cake with no added effort or time. Thus allowing the time to take and complete more cakes, helping the overall business. For hobbyists who enjoy making cakes and sugarflowers, buying sugarflowers will allow you to save some time to focus on the aspects of cake decorating that you enjoy the most. For example, maybe as a cake artist your specialty is making gumpaste roses, but you particularly struggle with making leaves. Spend time making what you do best, roses, and purchase the leaves and the smaller more ambient details to save time and effort to be able to focus more on the over all design. Also, by saving time from no making sugarflowers anymore, this allows for more ambitious and creative designs using readymade decorations.
There are a couple different ways that cake artists are able to sell and profit from using readymade sugarflowers. Of course the most common and understood is to work the cost and margins of the sugarflowers into the overall total price of the cake just as you would, if you had made the flowers yourself. (Hint: Cost the readymade sugarflowers the same as you would if you had spent your own time making them.) Another creative way for cake artists to sell sugarflowers is to share a display of available sugarflowers for the brides or customer to choose from to embellish their cake with, and in the display each sugarflower or spray is individually priced, including profit margin, with an a la cart retail price. This way the bride can conceptualize that for her cake design it would need for example, 20 sugarflowers which are $10 each. This way everyone knows that the cake will cost $200 in sugarflowers alone. The margin is already built in, and the customer is treated fairly.
We do offer a large number of bargain sugarflower sprays that are very beautiful and intricate while being very affordable. For example we have a number of boxes which include 3-4 sugarflower sprays for about $8.99. Please look through our Sugarflower Sprays along with our Bargain Sprays sections on the site.
The trend of popular flowers change with the seasons and the annual wedding trends. Some of our classic favorites of customers are of course the Garden Roses of all sizes, Peonies are also very popular due to their large size, Magnolias are elegant with a minimal design, and Calla Lilies always bring a classic look to any cake.
Sugarflowers can be used for a number of different purposes. They are great as simple home or party decorative pieces, and they are great conversation starters since each flower is individually made by hand out of sugar. The sugarflowers have also been used as table decorations, corsages and boutonnieres, and to help accent many food presentations.
The sugarflowers can always be placed on a cupcake. The gumapste sugarflowers are made of gumpaste and are edible. The wires and stamens are not edible. Blossoms are always perfect as cupcake toppers.
Caljava readymade gumpaste sugarflowers are each individually made and dried by hand using gumpaste just as you would at home. They are made in manufacturing facilities overseas.
Due to the fragile nature of gumpaste and the thin details of particular sugarflowers, breakage can occur during shipping. We continue to work on improving our packaging and shipping procedures, but we are aware that not all flowers will arrive perfectly. If you have received a box that is beyond repair or beyond being able to work with any of the components, please contact us at email@example.com with an explanation, a photo attachment of the damage, and an invoice number. We will respond within 24-48 hours with a remedy to fix the situation.