Mexican Paste?

Decorating By Ballymena Updated 31 May 2013 , 2:07am by smittyditty

Ballymena Posted 14 Jun 2010 , 11:21am
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Anyone use Mexican paste? What are the characteristics?

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Loucinda Posted 14 Jun 2010 , 11:27am
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I have not personally used it, but I have seen it used. It is a very fine 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!

egensinnig Posted 14 Jun 2010 , 12:52pm
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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.

BlakesCakes Posted 14 Jun 2010 , 8:33pm
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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:


CillsCakes Posted 15 Jun 2010 , 9:26am
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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.

Loucinda Posted 15 Jun 2010 , 12:28pm
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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! icon_smile.gif

Ballymena Posted 15 Jun 2010 , 2:59pm
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Thanks, I'll have to give it a try.

abeane Posted 1 Jul 2010 , 10:47pm
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Does anybody have a good recipe for Mexican paste? Has anyone tried the recipe on CC?

And what is cellogen?

BlakesCakes Posted 1 Jul 2010 , 10:51pm
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2 good recipes in my post above......................


abeane Posted 1 Jul 2010 , 11:00pm
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Oh sorry, thank you Rae, I should have read that more carefully !

Moondance Posted 1 Jul 2010 , 11:12pm
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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

BlakesCakes Posted 1 Jul 2010 , 11:31pm
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The recipe in the second link I posted above is the one Marion Frost uses.


Kim1182 Posted 30 May 2013 , 11:15pm
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Does it work well when attached to buttercream?

smittyditty Posted 31 May 2013 , 2:07am
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Marking and another question

Is it more durable than gumpaste/50/50?

Like she said for teacup handles?

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