very new to this. can anyone enlighten me to the pros and cons of fondant and gumpaste? i have done a little with fondant. thanks for the help.
Fondant stays workable for longer, and gumpaste dries faster and harder, I believe. You can roll gumpaste thinner, too, like for flowers. It's really good for decorations that you know aren't going to be eaten. You can't cover a cake with it. I know a lot of people mix the fondant and gumpaste 50/50 to make figures. Then you get the longer working time of the fondant, but the harder drying of the gumpaste. Welcome to CC!
A very wise experienced cake decorator answered the same question when my head was spinning last year at the ICES convention. Here's what she said:
She uses fondant to cover a cake.
She uses gumpaste to make her flowers & leafy decorations.
She uses gumpaste/fondant mixes to make figurines.
As far as the blending of the two, I just pinch some of each and meld together. Sometimes, I need to add more of the colorant if I want to achieve the same color as the base coat.