Fondant . Sugar Paste And Gum Paste

Baking By Shahla Updated 2 Feb 2012 , 10:54pm by sweetflowers

Shahla Posted 1 Feb 2012 , 9:30am
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Hi can someone tell me what's the deference between fondant . sugar paste and gum pate.

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Juliegre Posted 1 Feb 2012 , 11:30am
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With fondant you cover your cake a make some decoration,with gum past decoration,flowers,figurine...he dry quickly...and it's not realy good for eating....
Sugar past....i'm not sure
In same time i read someone how use...flowers paste....it,s it the same than sugar paste????

pollycupcake Posted 2 Feb 2012 , 10:07pm
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With fondant you cover your cake a make some decoration,with gum past decoration,flowers,figurine...he dry quickly...and it's not realy good for eating....
Sugar past....i'm not sure
In same time i read someone how use...flowers paste....it,s it the same than sugar paste????


auzzi Posted 2 Feb 2012 , 10:42pm
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Sugarpaste is any item that is a mixture of icing/confectioners/powdered sugar and a liquid.

Gumpaste, flowerpaste, sugar plate, pastillage, mexican paste, rolled fondant/fondant icing/RTR, etc are all examples of sugarpaste.

Different items are called different names depending upon the recipe and place of origin.

Loosely speaking, the general term, sugarpaste, has come to specifically mean all cake coverings that originate from "soft white" icing that was developed around the turn of the 20th Century . This is now: rolled fondant [US] fondant icing [UK] RTR [AU] but other terms are also used eg plastic icing [AU, SA].

Materials such as gumpaste, flowerpaste, and mexican paste are moulding materials which generally contain various gums that strengthen the ornamentation and items. Sugar plate and pastillage are also moulding material but are generally super-hard and used for structurally designed items.

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sweetflowers Posted 2 Feb 2012 , 10:54pm
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Auzzi, that's one of the best definitions I've read on the subject. I've never heard of sugar plate though, is it like pastillage?

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