Fondant Vs Gumpaste

Decorating By kimmy1972 Updated 28 May 2011 , 8:21pm by Serena4016

kimmy1972 Posted 27 May 2011 , 2:51pm
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I don't know if this was asked before, and if so, I apologize for the repeat.
But, when making a shoe, can fondant be used instead of gumpaste? If I let it dry for a week (or more) and will it hold up as good as gumpaste?

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auzzi Posted 28 May 2011 , 5:07am
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No - rolled fondant will not set as hard a gumpaste ... gumpaste is for modelling and rolled fondant is a cake covering ..

mena2002 Posted 28 May 2011 , 5:18am
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you can add tylose to the fondant and it will dry like gumpaste

TBEANZ Posted 28 May 2011 , 5:56am
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Awesome question, i was going to ask that question today, you read my mind. I have had trouble with using fondant for figues, that they slump if too big and tend not to hold there shape. Some have come out great but some not so much. Its great knowing that gum paste is the way to go fo sho. Thanks again guy's.

kimmy1972 Posted 28 May 2011 , 6:29pm
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Thank you all so much for your expertise!

sweettreat101 Posted 28 May 2011 , 6:37pm
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Yes you can use fondant as long as you mix it with Tylose as someone else suggested. Here is a fondant shoe I made for someone at work.

mena2002 Posted 28 May 2011 , 7:39pm
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Originally Posted by sweettreat101

Yes you can use fondant as long as you mix it with Tylose as someone else suggested. Here is a fondant shoe I made for someone at work.

Wow that cake is beautifully done thumbs_up.gif

HamSquad Posted 28 May 2011 , 8:08pm
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Either or, I have used fondant (Wilton, Duff, MMF) mixed with Wilton Gumtex for flowers, shoes, bibs and a lot of other things. In the past few months, I have been experimenting making my own gum paste and using Gumtex, they all work just great. I have even mixed Wilton ready made fondant with my gum paste, which, for me works the best. I just bought some Tylose. I say experiment and see what works best for you, I love working in all these mediums.
Best Wishes

Serena4016 Posted 28 May 2011 , 8:21pm
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100% Fondant is primarily just for covering cakes and laying flat pieces/designs on the cake. It never gets really hard. I usually mix 50%/50% fondant/gumpaste mix for almost everything else. It dries hard. I like to let my gumpaste/fondant dry for a week to make sure it is completely dry ( I think most people say 3 days but I did an experiment one time and it definately took a good solid week to reach maximum hardness. Pieces can be used before that you just have to be careful). 100% gumpaste dries very hard and very fast. I use this for making very delicate flowers because it is very strong and can be rolled very thin. I also use 100% gumpaste for large letters that stand up on top of cakes. Hope this helps.

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