Opinions please on making flowers with straight gumpaste or a gumpaste/fondant mix? All I've worked with is straight gumpaste but I've been seeing some tutorials using the mixture. Would really appreciate any pros/cons as I am making my son's wedding cake in July with peonies, roses and hydrangeas. Thank you!
Suggestion: Make some flowers with the mix NOW, months before the wedding and see what you think. Since sugar flowers are rarely (if ever) actually eaten and removed from the cake before serving, make the flowers that form and hold up the best.
If your current all gumpaste flowers are working, don't fix what isn't broken.
I second what Apti said, good advice.
The only benefit you'll get from using the mixture is a longer working time because of the glycerine in the fondant. I agree that if you like your gumpaste stick with it.
Thank you all! I like working with gumpaste just fine, but I guess I don't work fast enough sometimes and it starts to harden so I was wondering if anybody had worked with the 50/50 and if I would have a longer time to work before that started. Also, I was wondering how the flowers set up? Thanks again for your feedback!
You should only be working with one piece of gumpaste at a time, and keeping the rest of it secured in an airtight container, or in a gumpaste storage board like Wilton sells, or in a big ziplock bag with the air pushed out. By doing this you can work with each petal of regular gumpaste as needed.
And use crisco when you knead it and not corn starch. That makes it dry out faster.
Will do! Thank you so much for your help!