I am new to cake decorating and am wanting to possibly make a 3D character to go on my daughters 1st birthday cake.. I'm just wondering what sort of icing is used and if I need to make it in advance or when I make the cake..
i thought I could just use this type of icing
But have been told that this icing can't be used to make 3D toppers so now I am confused lol
Thanks in advance
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I believe that is straight fondant and you will want something stronger as fondant alone is very, very fragile.
If you can purchase some tylose powder to add to the fondant that would give it added strength, otherwise try straight gumpaste which would be the best material to use.
I have just joined CC for the same reason! My DD's 1st Bday is on the 2nd May, when's yours?
As TipTop says Fondant would be the best thing for modeling stuff out of, although marzipans an option.
Yes, you can use fondant, but as tiptop said, it might crumble. You will definately need tylose powder, or, do as I do and kneed 50/50 fondant/gumpaste together and then mold it. It will be very sturdy then. There is a recipe for gumpaste in the recipe section here on CC...
I agree with tiptop and Sarsi - you'll need to strenghen your fondant with either Tylose powder or mix in some gumpaste with your fondant (a combination of 50/50 or you can even use 60%fondant to 40% gumpaste).
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Welcome to CC! I certainly agree with the ladies. If you are going to buy tylose powder/ CMC powder ( both are the same ), mix 1/2 teaspoon of this powder to 250g of fondant. That's how I make it when I want to do figures.
Thanks everyone I have found somewhere to buy CMC so am going to give that a go.
How long do I need to leave the toppers to dry for? my DDs birthday is 3rd of may so just wondering when to make them.
I'm loving this site, theres some gorgeous cakes in the galleries!
When I make the modelling paste ( Fondant + CMC ) I leave over night and then the next day I take some of it and knead it. It will be a bit crumbly but you just have to keep on kneading until it becomes soft and strechy.
I always make the topper a week in advance. So it has more time to dry properly.
A good tip is that, when you make this paste, make it in white and you can color it when ever you want with what ever the color you want. You can make it and keep for a long time.