Fondant / Gumpaste Question

Decorating By Newatdecorating Updated 14 Aug 2010 , 1:57pm by cdgleason

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Newatdecorating Posted 14 Aug 2010 , 1:35pm
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I have been using SI fondant and Wilton gum paste. When I have using them separately, or mixing them together, they get splits in them when rolling it into a ball. It's like it's not binding together. My instructor said to work in some more Crisco. I've tried that, but it keeps happening. I was practicing some flowers yesterday and it kept happening. I roll it out and then the split end up becoming a crease. Does anyone have any suggestions?

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cdgleason Posted 14 Aug 2010 , 1:57pm
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It could simply be the gumpaste you're using. I heard a lot of bad reviews for Wilton fondant, but I'm not familiar with the reviews for gumpaste.

There's a great recipe for gumpaste on Nicholas Lodge's websght! I think it's a very popular recipe! It's all I use.

I think I cut the recipe in 1/4 because I like to make smaller batches..
I use a method that's easy for me to remember: I call it the 1,2,3 recipe..

1 egg white { beaten a little }
add @ 2 cups of powdered sugar, I reserve a little to use for kneading when it's done
a little over 3 teaspoons of tylose powder {cake supply store}

I start with a small bowl, add an egg white that is at room temperature
add a little less than 2 cups of powdered sugar, mix till it looks like the sugar is well mix, then slowly add the tylose powder.. mixing for about 1 or 2 minutes.
remove from bowl, cover your hands in crisco shortening, then knead the mixture, adding a little powdered sugar.
The full recipe is on the web sight, probably here on cake central too, but I prefer to make smaller batches, a think it's easier to work with fresh gumpaste.

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