I'm not sure if this is the right section to put this but I hope so. Okay, so I've just started to get serious about doing cake decorating again. I need to build up my portfolio to drawn in clients so I have started using cake dummies to cut down on the cost, time and calories of eating/giving away cake. I'm practicing on creating more 2D and 3D cakes themed cakes. I am looking for the most cost effective way to for now as I learn. You Tube is killing me. LOL So I have a few questions:
1. What is the best medium to use when sculpting? Fondant, gum past , 50/50 of both fondant and gum paste or molding clay?
2. When do you know to use either of the three? I made my first mini purse cake this weekend. I wasn't sure how to finish the sides. I tried to roll the fondant and Tylose into a think rope but that was a HOT mess so I cut strips. It was better but not what I wanted. Would molding clay have worked better or or good old fashion black shoe string licorice.
3. I was thinking of sculpting cake ideas out of the about mediums in a mini version. I can bake in my sleep, it's the flawless cake I worry about. What do you all this about this?
Thank you for any advice you can give me.