whats the advantage to adding fondant to gumpaste? and what is the ratio 1/1?
you get the best characteristics of each. fondant gives you more elasticity and slows the drying time so you can work with it longer. this mix is usually referred to as "50-50."
Frankly, I like to speed up the drying. I even add exra tylose and cornstarch to gumpaste.
thanks leah_s i'm gonna try to make some easy flowers today for my first time, might try to add the fondant so i have more time to work with it.
If you are working doing gumpaste flowers my suggestion is go all the way gumpaste. The elasticity of it will help you thin it out more and make more delicate flowers.
Gumpaste dries faster. I make a batch of 50-50 but also keeep some 100% gumpaste. Make a couple flowers of each. You will be able to see the advantages and disadvantages of both very quickly IMHO.