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post #3166 of 19851

Hello. I'm new and self (internet and books) taught. I have recently made a wedding cake for a friend's daughter which had loads of gumpaste flowers. The method I used for sticking them to the wires was to heat the end of the wire in a candle flame until it began smoking, then insert it into the gum paste. This melts the gum paste and it sticks hard. (There is a danger of discolouratiion, as it can singe and "caramelise".

 

I love the UK thread.

 Just working my way through reading everything that's on there, as only found it yesterday!

post #3167 of 19851
Hi supergran, welcome, thats a good way of inserting wires, thays what i've spent the last 2 days making, roses for an anniversary cake on sat, i've never made a spray before, hoping it goes ok!! I've made pink roses,blossoms and lily of the valley and leaves. Not sure how to assemble it yet, open to suggestions
post #3168 of 19851
Hi to all the UK bakers on CC. Im from Manchester. Ive only just come across this thread. Im just a hobby baker...self taught from YouTube vids and Craftsy. I usually bake for my family and have thought about making it into a business but I keep dismissing the thought. I love to decorate cakes and I like to think im fairly ok with it too now. I havent read all 106 pages of this thred YET but intend to do so soon.
post #3169 of 19851

Hi everyone,

I was wondering if anyone has experience with melting sugar to create caramel?

I did this as a test and used it to decorate a cake, but although I formed the sugar and it got crystalised, it started melting into my cake! and it was a disaster :(

Does anyone have an experience with using it?

thankssss

christina 

post #3170 of 19851

Hi. Were you using it as a topping? As far as I know, caramel should be heated without stirring, so that it doesn't crystallise.

(The sugar crystals which form on the side of the pan shouldnt be stirred in. As it sets hard when cool (rock hard) I cant see how you would use it as a topping, without mixing it into something with fat in it - (just making this up now!). DId you use a recipe?

post #3171 of 19851

Thanks for replying!

Yes I used it as a topper and I did follow the recipe, although I did not know the exact temperatures as I do not have a candy thermometer.

Do you think this is why iy was not right?

post #3172 of 19851

Hello.

 

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post #3173 of 19851

Hi

Does anyone use a food de-humidifier to dry quicker sugarpaste ie models? and if yes what is your experience with it?

 

I am thinking of purchasing one, as I have made 2 models for an engagement and although almost a wk past by they where not dry enough and caused a lot of issues (probably also because when they were not 100% dry I put them in a display box, which must have increased the humidity)

 

I definitely don’t want to disappoint another one of my customers...and with late orders... I have read that a food de-humidifier may be a good option

 

any thoughts or ideas will be very welcomed

:)

 

christina

post #3174 of 19851
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Does anyone use a food de-humidifier to dry quicker sugarpaste ie models? and if yes what is your experience with it?



 



I am thinking of purchasing one, as I have made 2 models for an engagement and although almost a wk past by they where not dry enough and caused a lot of issues (probably also because when they were not 100% dry I put them in a display box, which must have increased the humidity)



 



I definitely don’t want to disappoint another one of my customers...and with late orders... I have read that a food de-humidifier may be a good option



 



any thoughts or ideas will be very welcomed



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christina


 



Did you use straight sugar paste, or sugar paste with gum trag, or sugar flower paste (SFP)? Straight sugar paste would take months to dry out totally, its really soft, you can add gum trag and depending on thikness of course it would dry in a week or three, SFP can be ready to assemble after a night in a dry room!

You can speed the drying of all three in an low oven (50-100C) for a few hours or even over night, but too hot and they will melt and warp.
post #3175 of 19851

I had this problem not so long ago! I used CMC with sugarpaste and it just didn't dry at all, I thought about buying a food dehydrator but decided it would be cheaper to whack what I'd done in the bin and start a fresh using something different. CMC is a complete waste of time to me. (Each to their own though) 

 

I guess it depends if you used anything with you SP as previous poster said. 

post #3176 of 19851

I use flower paste all the time, when I make flowers. For me, squires kitchen flower paste works well as I have warm hands. So you need to find the paste that works for you. And CMC/gum trag doesn't work for me either!!! If I have to get the flowers dry quickly, I put them in the airing cupboard. But most of the time, I make the accents well in advance, at least 1 week ahead. :)

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post #3177 of 19851

Thank you all for you comments, they are very helpful!

I used plain sugarpaste and I was hopying that since I had a wks time it would be sufficient

I will be trialing flower paste now, I just placed an order

Can I just buy white one and colour it, as I did with the sugarpaste or do I need to purchase all these different colours? It would be expensive this way I think

 

thanks for your help again!!!

Much appreciated

christina

post #3178 of 19851

Also, what is the difference between modeling paste and flower paste?

Have you tried modelling paste?

Oh its getting so confusing.....

christina

post #3179 of 19851
Hi Christina. You can buy white flower paste and colour it. I do it all the time. Make sure you use gel colourings. Don't know the difference between the 2.
post #3180 of 19851

Hi Ladies, it's great to have this thread for all us UK decorators!

 

To answer the last question (the difference between modelling paste and flower/petal paste), modelling paste is a mixture of sugarpaste and flower paste.  The addition of flower paste gives the sugarpaste extra strength and durability.  It can't be rolled as finely as flower paste but doesn't break as easily are flower paste when dry.

 

You can make modelling paste by adding CMC to sugarpaste but it's never worked for me - I buy the Squires bulk pack and I get ages out of it.

 

As for flower paste, you can of course buy it in white and colour it with gel paste colours, but I find if there's a colour I use a lot (eg red or pink) it's worth buying it in that colour to save the effort of colouring yourself.  (Colouring paste is one of my pet hates - takes me ages!)

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