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post #16 of 54
Yes, fondant with tylose is much easier to work with.
post #17 of 54
It is easier to work with, but it's not gumpaste.
post #18 of 54

i use fondant + cornstarch + flavored oil because it's more fun to eat than gumpaste especially on cupcakes where one would expect to eat the whole thing but i use this on tier cakes too --

 

i knead in enough so that the fondant is dry enough that it cannot stick to the plunger but it has not crusted - and i roll it thick to thin depending --

 

but that's a pretty intricate plunger too --

 

if i had a problem with it--and my fondant was nice & dry -- i'd shoot it with a brief spray of oil

 

my favorite snowflake is piped white chocolate--because they melt like real snowflakes! ha!

 

 

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post #19 of 54
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I used Tylo as it makes the fondant more similar to gumpaste than just fondant alone. I will do gumpaste next time for sure though! Thank you!

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post #20 of 54
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Yes, that is what I really want to ace for next Xmas is chocolate snowflakes! So pretty and delicate!

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I'm still happy with the results. :) Thanks to all of you for your helpful comments...they are so appreciated! I've only been doing cakes since July. So I LOVE to learn from all of you!

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I agree....that is why I didn't want to try gumpaste in the first place. It's for a holiday party and I didn't want anyone to spit out their snowflakes. HAHA!

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post #23 of 54

well you rocked it--those are beautiful

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post #24 of 54
They turned out great! True, it's not gumpaste.
post #25 of 54

NYAcupcake:  well done.....beautiful!

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post #26 of 54
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Thank you so much! :)

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post #27 of 54

They look great!!

I'm also having 'fun' with my snowflakes as well.

I have some more to make tonight, and it's a slow process of using a toothpick to gently ease the end/tips out and then they pop out.

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They look great!!

I'm also having 'fun' with my snowflakes as well.

I have some more to make tonight, and it's a slow process of using a toothpick to gently ease the end/tips out and then they pop out.


Yes, I used either a thin pointed fondant tool or an Xacto. But boy oh boy was it a special treat when they plopped out on their own :)

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post #29 of 54

Funny, I have the cheapo Chinese cutters off of Ebay, and I have never had a problem with them. I use fondant with tylose, or just fondant. If one doesn't pop right off, I depress the plunger and pick it off with my fingers. I do rub the cutter on a mat to get all the little nasty edges off that don't belong, then pop them out.

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".........I do rub the cutter on a mat to get all the little nasty edges off that don't belong, then pop them out.

with the gumpaste they popped out every time.  I had to use toothpicks to clean out the outer perimeter of the cutter, in the tiny crevices, but not the insides.

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