Anyone use Mexican paste? What are the characteristics?
I have not personally used it, but I have seen it used. It is a very fine gumpaste...you are able to roll it extrememly thin - thinner than regular gumpaste. There are a couple of places you can buy it already made online. Hope this helps!
As far as i've understood it's a 50/50 mix of fondant and gumpaste(flowerpaste). Perfect for modelling and what I always use.
Mexican paste is very different from fondant or gum paste. It has no glycerine, gelatin, or fats in it.
It's very, very white. It can be rolled very thin, but it's just not "flexible" like gum paste, fondant, or 50/50. It also dries very rapidly--good in some uses, bad for others. Very, very nice for flat, hard plaques that you need to dry fast.
It requires gum tragacanth to be made properly and it has to rest before being used. Gum trag can be tricky because it has a shelf life and loses strength as it ages past that shelf life.
Recipes and instructions here:
I have used mexican paste heaps. It's great when making letters, numerals, flat decorations & with patchwork cutters.
It is a lot stiffer than gum paste, harder to roll & dries really quick.
It's fantastic in high humidity.
It's a bit of trial & error when you first use it but now I use it heaps.
Thanks ladies! I knew it dried a lot quicker than gumpaste, and it could be rolled even thinner - but I didn't know the specifics. (it is used a lot for the gumpaste tea cups and saucers - which was why I was interested in it!) That is why I love CC - I literally learn something new every week!
Thanks, I'll have to give it a try.
2 good recipes in my post above......................
Oh sorry, thank you Rae, I should have read that more carefully !
Google Marion Frost - she's the patchwork cutters lady, she makes her own Mex paste for her cutters
If you can't find it, let me know and I'll email you her instuctiosn and recipe
The recipe in the second link I posted above is the one Marion Frost uses.
Does it work well when attached to buttercream?
Marking and another question
Is it more durable than gumpaste/50/50?
Like she said for teacup handles?