Hello, I am new to cake decorating. I recently made gumpaste flowers (dolor's recipe), I do not use gelatin since I am a vegetrian. I put them on cupcakes with stabilized whipped cream frosing and choc ganache. But after about two hours, they started melting and the colors bled.
What did I do wrong? I thouht the flowers should stay indefinitely.
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Thanks for the feedback
The moisture from the frosting is probably what melted then. Gumpaste is sensitive to moisture and heat after all it is sugar and sugar does act like a sponge and will melt in the heat.
I just had to toss some flowers that sat next to an open window in a rain storm. Just a fact of life. Some recipes will wilt quicker then others its just a matter of experimenting to find out what works for you and your climate.
As far as the gelatin try a vegetarian one, i do know that they make it.
So all those lovely flowers and gumpaste creations that the pros make, do they melt too in a few hours? So, maybe should I try some other frosting with less moisture, like buttercream? I am new , pls help me out.
All depends on the humidity in your area. I cannot put gumpaste items out here for more than a couple of days (if they are not touching anything with moisture) - they will re-hydrate and flop just sitting out due to the ambient humidity. I usually need to dry gumpaste in the food dehydrator. Once thoroughly dry, I can store pieces in airtight containers with a small amount of drying agent in a corner of the container (not touching the gumpaste, of course). I have pieces over two years old that are still just like new, but they never would have survived in the open. Small pieces of gumpaste will wilt within a couple of hours if they are in contact with cake or icing - sugar is hygroscopic. Some areas of the country don't have such humidity issues and 3-D items can actually be made from fondant (gasp!). I have fewer wilting issues putting gumpaste on a fondant-covered cake than on any of the buttercreams.
Thanks, ibmoser. That really will help me.