Which would be better for butterflies, fondant or gumpaste? or maybe 50/50? And how do I dry them so the wings stick up and stay in place? I've seen pics of cakes with butterflies on them that look like they are flying and just landed on the cake, but how do you do that? Thanks!
i just finished a cake like this i did fondant but gumpaste would probably be better (harder) but fondant will dry hard enough. i used a cookie cutter then useing fondant tools to make patterns presed into the wings i dryed them in differnt poses i proped some up with foil others i lined the sides of a baking pan proped against the sides
I like gumpaste or 50/50 but that's just me. To get the wings to hold their shape, dry them in a flower former or simply allow the piece to dry with the wings propped up on something.
When I made butterflies with the wings up I put them in the flower former to dry and I used all gumpaste.
take a piece of cardstock and fold it in 4's, like a fan. This will give you a v-shape to set the butterflies in that will hold up the wings while they dry. Did that make sense AT ALL?
I do them on the inside of a cake pan as Krissy said.
Thanks everyone for your quick responses! Yes, wendyintx, that made perfect sense! One more question since I've never used gumpaste or 50/50 (fondant/gumpaste) before... How long do I need to allow for them to dry hard and do I wait until they are completely dry before I paint them? Thanks!
I just finished butterflies on my cupcakes. I cut them with a cookie cutter and put them in an 18 egg carton, opened and put them in the so they are supported by both the edge and the little cardboard piece that sticks up. I let dry two days with 50/50 and then painted. Be sure to make extra's since I broke two when I was painting.