Mexican Paste

Decorating By nannie Updated 29 Aug 2009 , 1:41am by nannie

nannie Posted 28 Aug 2009 , 7:16pm
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Does anyone have experience working with Mexican Paste?

I took a class at ICES with Kim Morrison on making a tea cup and saucer and she used Mexican Paste. I bought some but am really struggling with it.

The texture seemes different from gumpaste: rubbery and yet when driy it cracks and looks like elephant skin.

I'm even having difficulty rolling it thin. icon_cry.gif

Any help would be appreciated

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brincess_b Posted 28 Aug 2009 , 9:08pm
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a cake store site i use says simply that it is less elastic than the usual gumpaste. not that helpful, and i havent used it my self, but i can imagine the frustration! i hope someone with experience can get back to you icon_smile.gif

bashini Posted 28 Aug 2009 , 9:29pm
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Hi, I have used Mexican paste. Most of the time I use it when I need to use Patchwork cutters. They recommend Mexican paste for their cutters. Here is a link from their site,

HTH. icon_smile.gif

Loucinda Posted 28 Aug 2009 , 10:44pm
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Nannie - I have always had trouble with paste that I have bought pre made. I always make it myself now and rarely have any problems. I can't remember who told me - but someone said if you buy premade paste they add ingredients to it to keep it from hardening while it is in the packaging.....which is the opposite of what you want it to do. Can you make some yourself and see if that works? I hope you can figure it out!

Tona Posted 28 Aug 2009 , 11:53pm
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I have used mexican paste and have had no trouble. You can by the mix at Global Sugar Art that is what I use and it has worked well

Loucinda Posted 29 Aug 2009 , 12:05am
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The "mixes" are ok - it is the PRE made paste that I feel has issues.

nannie Posted 29 Aug 2009 , 12:30am
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this is the global sugar arts mix

do you treat it like gumpaste? add crisco if hard, cornstarch if sticky?

I had a bit more luck with the second one but it did seem to dry out faster than gum paste so was a bit less forgiving

thanks everyone for your advise

Loucinda Posted 29 Aug 2009 , 1:18am
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Yes, it is just a version of gumpaste. Cornstarch & crisco like you are working with gumpaste. I know you will get it! (are you ready to go back to convention yet?? I am. icon_wink.gif )

nannie Posted 29 Aug 2009 , 1:41am
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