Hello. So i am making 3 separate cakes (6, 8, and 10).
I have not worked with fondant, candy clay, or decorated cookies before. Can you use candy clay like fondant? Say to make bows?
Any ideas on which to do that are "easier" for a beginner on these? Its for a baby shower. I know both are alot of work but wiuld like input on those that have done both for cake toppers, also pics if you have on decorated cookie toppers.
Which looks nicer on a cake? I would want to be iriginal and stand out.
Which one is easier depends on you :) I would use fondant myself but then I ‘ve never made candy clay Bows, tiny booties, rattles can easily be made in fondant The candy clay might look better as it will have a shine to it but fondant can be painted any color, dusted etc Good luck deciding:)
Personally, I use modeling chocolate in place of fondant, and I haven’t used gum paste yet, either. Everyone I know prefers the taste of modeling chocolate, and it is the easiest for me personally to work with.
No one has address the possibility of using decorated cookies, that's because it's twice the work........making the dough, baking, decorating......
I use modeling chocolate, what you are referring to as candy clay, for sculptures and elaborate structures. For cake toppers and other cake decorations, I use fondant. For bows, I like to use gum paste. If you are not experienced with modeling chocolate, it can be very tricky because it will melt in your hands in a heartbeat. I would advise you to use fondant.
These are fondant:
This is modeling chocolate:
Thank you ladies for the tips! I did use marshmallow fondant (MMF) once on cookies (see my uploaded pic) and it was alot of eork. It tasted great though.
I will not be covering the cake with it. It is just for decorations. Will MMF work for the stopper or a bow?
SandraSmiley your work is AMAZING!!!!!!!! Such great talent you have....definitely a gift!
Thank you, Naty! Since I do it for fun, I am never in a hurry, which makes a lot of difference.
Yes, you can make a bow from fondant. You need to add a good dose of Tylose to make it firm. I like to use gum paste for bows because it is stronger and I can roll it a lot thinner. That's just me.
And am important beginner tip....these things take time to dry and set, and do not "spoil". You can start making the decorations now. That gives you time to redo, or change direction if it does handle the way you like.
I personally find modeling chocolate/candy clay MUCH easier to use than fondant for figures, flat cutouts, or anything that doesn't have to drape. Maybe it's just that I'm way too impatient for the amount of drying time that fondant needs, but with the way candy clay holds its shape almost immediately but can then be easily softened and reshaped with just the warmth of your hands, I also find it's more forgiving. Easy to fix mistakes and smooth over cracks. It's easier to make, too, with no need for tylose, and most people like the taste better.
Sandra's work is super impressive! Mine is not that detailed. :) But here's an example of candy clay used for both topper/figures and for decorative cutouts.
This is cookies around the side (decorated with edible image print and royal icing - definitely a lot more work!) and a candy clay topper (decorated with royal icing)
Hollyml, thank you! Your work is beautiful!
Im definitely considering rhe candy clay. Gotta work on bows. Any tips?