Help!!! Fondant Vs Gumpaste

Decorating By carolbby Updated 22 Feb 2008 , 8:19pm by alanahodgson

carolbby Posted 22 Feb 2008 , 7:39pm
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HELP!!! Please if anyone can help..I would sooooo appreciate it.
Are flowers , bows and such better made from fondant or gumpaste?
And how long will each product keep? I want to make flowers and bows in advance.

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alanahodgson Posted 22 Feb 2008 , 7:52pm
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gumpaste will roll much thinner, leaving a more realistic petal for flowers. It also dries faster and harder. It is not always as smooth as fondant, so a nice compromise is to mix the two 50/50. You get strength and smoothness. Only do this if extra thin or extra strong is not needed for whatever you are making.

carolbby Posted 22 Feb 2008 , 7:56pm
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ALANA,
Thanks for the great info!!!!
Does fondant or gumpaste spoil? How far in advance can I make decorations?
Thanks in advance!

alanahodgson Posted 22 Feb 2008 , 8:03pm
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no, it does not spoil. the sugar content acts as a preservative. It especially won't spoil after its dry. Moisture is a MAJOR contribution to any type of spoilage. you can make decorations months in advance. just store them away from light (fading) and dust (gross). I usually keep things I make in advance in a cake box stored on top of my cupboards so its out of way and my kids can't get to it.

carolbby Posted 22 Feb 2008 , 8:11pm
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Alana,
Wow, you really know your cake stuff.
Thanks for all the help!
Have a great weekend!

alanahodgson Posted 22 Feb 2008 , 8:19pm
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Thanks, carolbby! I spend WAY too much time hanging out here! You'll learn tons that way. Welcome to CC!!

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