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post #1 of 12
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Which do you prefer for accent, &/or figure molding?

Fondant or gumpaste
post #2 of 12
I personally like to work with fondant better. But that's because I have only tried gumpaste a few times and (maybe it's because i don't know all the techniques) but I can never seem to sculpt what I want out of it before it starts to dry out or starts to crack. I'm sure that I'm not doing it right though because I see a lot of gumpaste work here on CC that looks great. Anyway I would definitely say fondant.
post #3 of 12
I personally have used neither, but what about modeling chocolate? How does it stack up compared to the others? I will someday learn to use these and would like to know where to start.
post #4 of 12
For accent I like working with fondant.And for figure molding I like 50/50.
post #5 of 12
A mixture of gumpaste and fondant.
post #6 of 12
I like to avoid gumpaste if I think someone might eat it.

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post #7 of 12
I use fondant and add tylose powder whenever I need it to harden quickly. That way I don't have to keep gumpaste on hand.
post #8 of 12
does any of them get soft after a while with the moisture from the cake... a)the 50/50 fondant and tylose
b) the fondant with tylose
c) the gumpaste
I used pastillage but it dries within a minute, so u have to work fast. i would love to use gumpaste more, but i'm concerned about the fact that it may go soft
post #9 of 12
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Originally Posted by sweettoothmom1

does any of them get soft after a while with the moisture from the cake... a)the 50/50 fondant and tylose
b) the fondant with tylose
c) the gumpaste
I used pastillage but it dries within a minute, so u have to work fast. i would love to use gumpaste more, but i'm concerned about the fact that it may go soft



I have used fondant with tylose powder for bows, figures and animals and my cakes are always buttercream. I have never noticed them getting soft from sitting on the buttercream.

With the tylose powder you can control the amount you put in and that way if you want it rock hard you can up the amount. It does start to dry out faster than regular fondant, but even with the tylose powder added, I am able to roll it out several times before it gets too dry. I can make a bow with tylose and the loops are usually ready to use within 8 hours.
post #10 of 12
I heard that you can't put fondant in the refridgerator and that makes it difficult to keep a cake cool if it has fondant on it. Is that the same with gumpaste?
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post #11 of 12
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Originally Posted by DoubleTroubleCreations

I heard that you can't put fondant in the refridgerator and that makes it difficult to keep a cake cool if it has fondant on it. Is that the same with gumpaste?



You heard wrong. Lots of members here refrigerate their fondant-covered cakes.

Gumpaste figures/flowers should never be put in the refrigerator. The humidity will ruin them.

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post #12 of 12
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Originally Posted by sweettoothmom1

does any of them get soft after a while with the moisture from the cake... a)the 50/50 fondant and tylose
b) the fondant with tylose
c) the gumpaste
I used pastillage but it dries within a minute, so u have to work fast. i would love to use gumpaste more, but i'm concerned about the fact that it may go soft


I still have flowers from last year that I used to practice with.I keep them away from sunlight b/c the light will change the colors of your fondant & gumpaste.
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