Ok, I'm going to do a birthday cake for a friend this week and I'd like to attempt a gumpaste bow on the top. The bow seems easy enough to do, but I have never made gumpaste. I have made pastillage, but it dries so fast and sometimes doesn't come out so easy to work with (all it takes it a little wrong on the recipe for me and blam... bad pastillage).
So I was browsing through the recipes for gumpaste and notice they are all rated 8 or less. Does anyone have an easy and reliable gumpaste recipe they can share with me?
I use MMF for my cakes, but fear it won't dry. Can I add glucose or something to it and make it dry? Cake is for Jan. 9th btw... so I have a week.
What about Sugar Paste? Same thing? Does it harden like gumpaste?
I wouldn't mind some ideas if you have them please.
You can mix fondant and gumpaste 50/50 to make a fondant that dries harder but not so fast as gumpaste.
Or you can add tylose to your fondant to firm it up.
Tylose vs. Gum Tragacanth:
Im going to start directing all my questions to you JanH haha! You seem to be helping me out a lot tonight. I'll just sign you up as my instructor!
I appreciate it very very much.
Here's a link for making gumpaste. Which is 'modelling paste'. Tylose is very cheap to buy and you can find it on most cake decorating websites.
You seem to have good links for the paste. What I would suggest is to use a pasta machine if you have one to get an even paste and hang the loops over a 'broomstick' covered with saran to dry. Good luck.
Thank you LateBloomer... that is exactly the approach I was planning on taking.
And thank you Bel_Anne... as soon as I get home I'm gonna watch those. Can you get Tylose at Micheal's? Cause other than that I'm stuck for cake decorating stores in Bakersfield and I'm wanting to get these done so they have plenty of drying time.
no tylose at micheals but they might carry wiltons gum tex which will do the same thing as tylose, i just find in more expensive so don't forget your coupon.