My book says I need 1 and 1/4 pounds of modeling paste, now is this the same as gum paste? I read somewhere that it is fondant mixed with tylose powder, if so how much powder would you have to add to 1 and 1/4 pounds of fondant to get that much modeling paste. Im making a cake for a friend for her birthday next month and this is the first time I've tried to make a figure like this. Thanks I really need the advice.
It's probably the same thing as gumpaste, but people use different terms in dfferent countries, so I don't know. If you're modellling figures gumpaste will work. To make a quick gumpaste you can add 2 tsp tylose to 1 pound of homemade fondant, or 1 1/2 tsp to 1 pound of store-bought fondant.
Although it can differ between countries, modeling paste is usually considered a 50/50 mix. Half gumpaste and half fondant. Adding tylose to fondant will do the trick, I probably add less than that, but everyone does it differently. I just wanted to say not to expect much of a 'feel' difference when adding the tylose, it usually takes time to notice a difference. Some people will keep adding tylose and then all of a sudden their fondant is like a rock