Im making a lalaloopsy cake for my daughters 4th birthday in a few weeks. Can anyone tell me if its better to use gum paste or fondant to do a doll sculpture and how long in advance can I make it and store until im ready to put it on the cake?
Making a lalaloopsy cake
My daughters love Lalaloopsy!! I don't know which would be better...probably fondant as gumpaste tends to get really hard. In my experience (and I don't have a lot, so please take this with a grain of salt), the gumpaste also cracks a little bit, whereas the fondant tends to stay smooth looking. I've made decorations up to a week in advance out of fondant and they held up just fine.
But perhaps someone with more experience can weigh in for you. Good luck!! I give you props for taking on the task of making the doll yourself!!
Oh quick tip, right after you melt the marshmallows, but the coloring in BEFORE you add in the powdered sugar. It's sooo much easier than trying to kneed it in after its made.
For my figures, I use a mix of both fondant & gumpaste. That is how I made these http://cakecentral.com/g/i/2346582/a/2347582
You can actually make it weeks in advance. I didn't have much notice from my niece for this one so I actually made them a few days before.
Edited by Goreti - 1/5/13 at 7:47am
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This may help - they used gumpaste.
I just use the regular cake decorating icing. The fondant looks nice, but taste awful. I haven't made any using the fondant that the customer didn't said they would go with the butter cream icing in the future. I go for the taste over the looks any day and get lots of complments on my cakes. You can cook your cake and wrap it in plastic wrap and freeze it for as long as you want. I usually decorate it a day before. The cake is sooo moist and the icing is delicious.
Edited by dnole55 - 2/27/13 at 7:57am