I kinda new to the gum paste and fondant world. Just wondering what anyone prefers to work with and why. Also, if anyone has any helpful hints or informations regarding either. (I would like to know more about gum paste)
Fondant stays softer, whereas gumpaste gets hard quicker. Therefor, gumpaste is ideal for flower petals and such when you need it do set semi-quickly. Fondant is better for covering cakes and accents that will be placed directly on the cake.
I would say a good rule of thumb would be things decorating the cake (flowers, numbers, figures, etc) that aren't straight on the cake would be best in gumpaste. Whereas things directly on the cake with a higher chance of being eaten would be better in fondant since it doesn't get hard as quick.
People also like to do a 50:50 mixture of fondant and gumpaste to get more flexibility then gumpaste but quicker drying time then fondant for things that go in molds like pearls and such.
Hope that helps, I know it's kinda just a hodge-podge of info!