could someone please explain the difference between using fondant and gumpaste. Are there pro/cons of using the other to make figures? I did my first fondant figures last week and love doing it, but was just wondering if I should just use fondant or gumpaste or a mix? thanks to anyone who could give me advice.
Gumpaste can be rolled thinner than fondant. It dries faster so you really have to keep it covered or some pieces will dry out while you're working on the others.
I like working with gumpaste because I am absolutely not tempted to eat it while I'm working with it The wilton mix (only one I've ever used) seems to make a smelly mixture, but maybe they all do that.
I usually paint my gumpaste flowers with grated chalk and steam them. It really adds to the realistic look.
I've heard about mixing fondant and fixodent (denture adhesive) for decorations that are not going to be eaten and that need to be harder than fondant will dry on its own, but I bought some and tried the method, and it didn't dry any harder than fondant alone.