Gumpaste may or may not be from outer space. I don't know where it comes from or how it's made, but its a great material to work with if you want a solid decoration. I also don't use this technique or material very often and probably won't use it much in the future, as it is expensive, but it was fun to experiment with. Gumpaste dries solid, and you can make several flowers in one sitting and store them for a few weeks so that you have flowers on hand whenever you're decorating a cake last-minute!
This 5" cake was for my friend Jenna's birthday. The chocolate cake was frosted with chocolate buttercream and encased in white fondant. I used this technique to create the flowers and leaves, and simply attached them to the cake using buttercream frosting.