Fondant Vs. Gumpaste?

Decorating By kathys90 Updated 8 Jun 2008 , 12:31am by tonedna

kathys90 Posted 27 May 2008 , 9:42pm
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Hi all!
I have an idea for a baby shower cake that I want to try. You're all so very talented, I'm sure someone out there will be able to help.

I want to try making a rattle by wrapping a balloon in either gum paste or fondant, then, once hardened, pop the balloon to have a hollow ball.

Which do you think would be the better choice: gumpaste or fondant?

I've used both in the past, but, I've never tried anything like this before. I think, if it works, it'll turn out really cool. I'll be frosting with butter cream, if that helps.

Any suggestions would be welcome too!

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weirkd Posted 27 May 2008 , 9:46pm
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definetly gumpaste. Fondant will crack. Let me know how it goes! Sounds like a cool idea!

kathys90 Posted 27 May 2008 , 9:56pm
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Originally Posted by weirkd

definetly gumpaste. Fondant will crack. Let me know how it goes! Sounds like a cool idea!




Thanks! How long do you think it will take to dry?

tonedna Posted 27 May 2008 , 10:11pm
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If you use fondant you need to add tylose powder to it!..But I love gumpaste!
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kathys90 Posted 27 May 2008 , 10:24pm
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Originally Posted by tonedna

If you use fondant you nees to add tylose powder to it!..But I love gumpaste!
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Thanks Edna! Appreciate your input!

weirkd Posted 27 May 2008 , 10:42pm
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I would give it atleast three days to dry. Then I would take a pin and deflate the balloon. Then I would let the entire piece dry some more because the latex is going to prevent the parts inside from drying totally.
I know people use balloons to do stringwork sometimes so this may work for your rattle as well.

wgoat5 Posted 27 May 2008 , 11:06pm
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I LOVE GP.. I'd die without my GP .. I am constantly pulling it out and playing with it LOL

I'd use gumpaste and roll it thin.. the thinner the faster it will dry..

Can't wait to see your idea!!!!!!!!

weirkd Posted 27 May 2008 , 11:47pm
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Yep me too! I have a pasta machine that is hooked on my kitchen table in a permanent spot! I always playing around with it too. I think because for me its a stress reliever. Just the actual feel of it in my hands calms me down. And I get "lost" in the projects or flowers Im making and it helps me with relieving stress and not locking my kids in a closet!!!

tonedna Posted 27 May 2008 , 11:49pm
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Thanks Kathy! icon_smile.gif

Weikd...i am like you...I cant live withouth my pasta machine...is a must!!!! icon_lol.gif
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tonedna Posted 27 May 2008 , 11:51pm
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Oh by the way...the longer you let it dry the better.. A week is best but 3 days is ok..less than that is pushing your luck!
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kathys90 Posted 28 May 2008 , 12:06am
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Thanks so much for all your input! I knew if I came to you talented folks, I'd get the best advice! icon_biggrin.gif

If it works, I'll post it within a week or so! Thanks again!

weirkd Posted 28 May 2008 , 12:24am
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Cant wait to see the end product! Good luck!

kathys90 Posted 4 Jun 2008 , 12:17am
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Just wanted you to know what happened with my idea.

I managed to roll the gumpaste thin enough to lay over the balloon. It kind of bubbled as it dried. I made 2. I haven't really worked with gumpaste all that much, so I was hopeful that it would work.

Unfortunately, both turned out looking more like Q-tips than rattles, and when I touched one, it broke almost instantly. The 2nd was a little less fragile, but also ended up breaking.

Although it didn't work this time, I think with practice it could be really cool! Thanks again for all your input.

I'll post the cake when its finished this weekend.

tonedna Posted 4 Jun 2008 , 3:08am
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Maybe you roll it too thin.. I only roll it really thin for flowers
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kathys90 Posted 8 Jun 2008 , 12:29am
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Originally Posted by tonedna

Maybe you roll it too thin.. I only roll it really thin for flowers
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Here is the finished product:

What do you think?
LL

tonedna Posted 8 Jun 2008 , 12:31am
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Awww, I think you did awesome, I bet they loved it!
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