Stinky Gumpaste!

Decorating By CambriasCakes Updated 13 Sep 2008 , 4:38pm by cakerygirl

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CambriasCakes Posted 12 Sep 2008 , 4:53am
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So about a month ago I decided to be ambitious and made a bunch of simple gumpaste flowers and other shapes. Once they were all dry I put them in an airtight container to use for another time. Well, yesterday my sister called me and asked if I happened to have any spare decorations for a cake she was making for her neighbor. I told her I did but when I took them out....they were really stinky!!! I had to throw them all away because I would never put them on a cake the way they smelled! What the heck happened?? Has this ever happened to anyone?

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JoAnnB Posted 12 Sep 2008 , 6:32am
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I never store the flowers in an airtight container. Just something to protect it from dust and light. I am not sure what caused the odor, but it was probably being closed in the container.

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CambriasCakes Posted 12 Sep 2008 , 6:10pm
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Hmmm....weird! Thanks for your response, I'll won't put them in a container next time and see if that helps.


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KimAZ Posted 12 Sep 2008 , 6:55pm
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Hi Alisha,
I just made some gum paste for the first time and it stinks right off the bat! I thought it was just me thinking that...hummm....I'm sure it's the gum tex because it stinks in the can. But what can be done? icon_rolleyes.gif

I also found that mine is super duper soft and won't even hold the shape. I guess I did something wrong. I've let it set in a bag for a couple weeks now so maybe I'll try again.


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CambriasCakes Posted 13 Sep 2008 , 4:01am
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Oh hey Kim!

I use the pre-made Wilton stuff and haven't noticed that it stinks in the bag...I tried the mix but like you said, it was very soft and never really dried completely. I ended up chucking it!

A certain cake supply store here now carries Satin Ice gumpaste...I think I'll give it a try and see if maybe it's just the Wilton brand that stinks!

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muddpuppy Posted 13 Sep 2008 , 4:13am
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I've used Wilton brand gumpaste a few times and I find I ALWAYS have to add extra sugar to it inorder for it to not be mooshy and it's always kind of grainy feeling... maybe we're just mixing it wrong?

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cakerygirl Posted 13 Sep 2008 , 4:38pm
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I have used the wilton premade and the canned mix. You need to add another 1 to 2 teaspoons of gumtex tothe canned mix and then it works much better. The premade is usually grainy but if you knead a little shortening into it it will soften up and become smoother.

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