AI was just wondering, with all the silicon flower molds that are so detailed, I can just pop a piece of gumpaste into the mold and voila! I have a nice flower! Is there such a big difference between the hand made flowers which I do all the time.. and the molds? Do you think the molds can do the same job?
I think it depends on what kind of flowers you are doing.
AA lot of those molds aren't cheap and there are pretty much unlimited types of flowers you can do with an xacto knife and a piece of foam.
I was just wondering, with all the silicon flower molds that are so detailed, I can just pop a piece of gumpaste into the mold and voila! I have a nice flower! Is there such a big difference between the hand made flowers which I do all the time.. and the molds? Do you think the molds can do the same job?
No. There's no comparison between handmade (hand thinned) sugar flowers and those stamped.
I use the little molds for making tiny roses for cupcake toppers, that I don't want to look really realistic. That's about all they are good for, imo.
No comparison to a properly made gum paste flower. There is only so much definition it can give each petal.
Maybe if it's a pretty one dimensional flower, like a simple daisy, it would work OK.
ARight, thanks everyone. I guess there is no comparison.. just wanted to make sure all those flowers I've done with my trusted xacto knife weren't a waste of time:-)
Sorry. I meant to say, "No. The molds canNOT do the same job." Recently a very talented cake friend took a class from Robert Haynes and created an absolutely lifelike gum paste rose. It is truly awesome, and I had the honor of actually holding that rose and looking at every astonishing detail! Here is a link to a photo of the Avalanche Rose on Cakedujour's facebook page:
wow that rose is AMAZING
AWow that is one beautiful rose! Very real looking
Hi Cakenclass, I have yet to come across a rose mold that comes up to the standard of a hand crafted sugar rose. It would be so much quicker and simpler but the reality is a mold will never produce the full 3-D effect of a hand modelled rose. Even if a really good mold was cast from a handcrafted rose, there would be so many grooves, that the paste would get stuck, so unfortunately I can't see a good mold being produced unless ********** technology revolutionises in the next few years.
The molds however are useful where you only require a 2-D effect, e.g. where the flower is attached to the side of a cake or sitting flat on top. For a 3-D arrangement, you just have to take the slower route unfortunately.
As an aside, if you are hand-modelling sugar roses for wedding cakes for sale, you simply have to price this into your fee or else you will find you're not even earning a minimum wage from your ********** work, which is very demoralising for skilled/creative work. Otherwise, just request the bride to order fresh flowers from her wedding florist and arrange these on the cake.