Gumpaste/Fondant Questions….Updated!

15 Oct

I receive many questions about Fondant, Gumpaste and how to work with it, how to store it and so on, as well as what I use to create my very popular sugar figurines so I have taken the most asked question and given the answers to them. I am not saying I have all the answers to everything but I am willing to share what has worked for me and what others are doing. Please know that being a cake decorator it is all about finding your style and what works best for you, so use my answers as a guideline and experiment for yourself to see what you like and whats best for your style of cake decorating and sugar sculpting. There are also many questions in the comment section below this article I, always try to answer those questions personally so check those out too. If you still have questions feel free to leave a comment with your question and I will answer just as soon as I can, but be aware I do not always get them answered right away so be sure not to ask about a cake you are doing in the next 24 hrs since I may not answer right away and I don’t want anyone to think I am ignoring them. Its just tough sometimes with all the questions here, via email and life on top of it all.

I wish you all my Best in your cake decorating ventures,

Donna

Now on to the Questions!!!

1.What is Fondant? Fondant is a sugary substance and when cooked certain ways can take on many different forms such as a dough that is rolled, a pourable form, and even candy centers. Those awesome little chocolates with a creme center that come in those pretty valentine heart boxes is one form of fondant. The gooey juice that gushes out of the middle of a chocolate covered cherry that most of us love to eat is yet another form of fondant in addition fondant is used as a traditional topping on French petits fours and then finally one of the most popular forms is called rolled fondant and is the smooth silky covering that is seen on many of the wedding and specialty cakes that have become very popular over the past several years.  Fondant, as you can see, is used in many of the sweets we have grown to love.

2. How do I attach fondant pieces to fondant, such as when making a figurine how should I  attach things to the body?  When attaching any fondant pieces including when making figurines I use just plain water and I apply with a clean paintbrush. If you prefer you can also use Gum Glue which is very simple to make at home to see the recipe click here.

3. How do I attach fondant to my cake board? Piping Gel is a great way to attach fondant to your cake board. Piping gel is a multipurpose transparent gel that adds shimmering accents, colorful highlights, and sparkle to cakes. It can also be used for applying decorations to fondant cakes and holding the fondant secure to the sides of a cake. I use Piping Gel to write on my cakes for a different look, the great thing is that it can be colored just like regular icing. You can find piping gel at many different cake supply stores locally and online. I usually purchase piping gel at www.fondantsource.com if you are interested in giving it a try. You can also use Royal Icing to attach fondant to fondant and I also use it to attach sugar roses to my cakes. To see a few Royal Icing Recipes click here.

4. Why do I get soo many cracks on my Gumpaste? Gumpaste is made with gum ingredients as well as others to get it to dry quicker and harder and this can cause cracks in your pieces. Another reason for cracks can be caused from not kneading your paste enough especially when you purchase it pre-made, it needs to go through the process of kneading to get it to a pliable state.  It does help somewhat if you use shortening when you are working with gumpaste to keep it pliable.  When creating figurines with fondant or gumpaste you really need to roll the paste in your cupped hands with some pressure and this will help work out some of the cracks. If you having alot of cracks in your pieces you can use a 50/50 mix of equal amounts of fondant and gumpaste together, this seems to give you a much better consistency for working with figurines, bows and other objects than just gumpaste. 

5. What is the difference in Gumpaste and Fondant? Gumpaste has gum ingredients in it such as gum tragacanth, cmc powder, xanthan gum,  gum tex or tylose powder. It dries much harder than fondant does. Both gumpaste and fondant can be molded, rolled, and sculpted but fondant taste much better than gum paste does and is usually used to cover a cake. Because of the gum pastes ability to be rolled very thin it is widely used to create sugar flowers. Fondant is used to create borders and different designs on cakes. If you need to create something for a cake that will retain its shape sometimes it may be best to use a form of gumpaste instead of just fondant which can be softer.

When making gumpaste you do not have to only use Tylose Powder, you can use any of the different gum ingredients that are available on the market, which I have named above!

6. What is Tylose Powder used for? Tylose Powder or cmc powder is a gum ingredient that is used in making gumpaste. I use tylose powder on a regular basis. I use the tylose powder and add it to my fondant to create a sort of instant gumpaste I guess you could say. I do not really measure how much tylose powder that I put into my fondant, so I will give you an example of what I do. If I am creating a figurine, I use Wilton or Satin Ice Fondant. I start will the ball size of fondant that I will be needing to create my figurine then I add a small amount of tylose to the paste. Once I start kneading the fondant I can tell if I used enough tylose powder, If I did not I will add a little at a time till I get the consisitency that I am looking for. There have been times that I have added way too much it can make the paste too dry, so in that case I just add a little more fondant. To make a quick version of gumpaste just add 2-3 teaspoons of Tylose powder to 1lb of fondant. In areas with dry humidity use less Tylose, in areas with high humidity use more. FYI: Cmc powder, gum tex, and gum trag are used in the same way as the tylose powder so if  its not available check to see if you can find these others that I have listed they are all gum ingredients.

7. Where can I purchase Tylose Powder?I purchase tylose powder online, it is available at most of the cake decorating supply stores as well as online. Here is a link to a site where I purchase it Tylose powder.  CMC Powder as well as gum Trag can usually be purchased online and at some specialty cake supply shops. Gum-Tex is made by Wilton and is more readily available than some of the other gum ingredients are. I know that Joanns, Michaels Craft stores and some Walmarts carry it.

8. How should I store my unused fondant or gumpaste? Any unused portion of fondant/gumpaste that you would like to save should be wrapped very well in saran wrap and then placed inside of a ziplock baggie. If you just use a ziplock baggie only,  the air will still get to it and dry it out. Once wrapped in a baggie I place it into a container with a lid to preserve it.

9. How do I store my sugar flowers and how long will they last? Sugar flowers should be stored in an air tight container. You can use a plastic container with a lid and store them on a shelf in a closet. You can keep sugar flowers indefinitely, I have sugar flowers that I have had for over a year and they look like I just created them. Since sugar flowers do not do well with moisture keep them away from water. Regarding how far in advance you can make sugar flowers, they can be made up to months ahead since they are not usually eaten, just store them in a cool dry place until they are needed….I usually place them into a cardboard box that has a piece of foam on the bottom so it is soft and they don’t get broken, also I wrap the larger flowers in tissue paper before placing in the box or container.

10. Is there anything I can do if my fondant has hardened up? Yes there is. If the fondant is not too hard just try adding some shortening to the paste and see if that will take care of it, if not then use some glycerin but only add a little bit at a time until it becomes pliable. If it is very hard and you want to get it pliable again just put into the microwave at 10 second intervals.

11. Can I store my fondant after it has been tinted or colored, and then re-use again at a later date? Yes, you would store it the same way that I described in question #8 above. I

12. Can I use Fondant to make figurines, and other objects? Yes you can, fondant is great to make sitting animals, people and such, but if I were making a person that is standing or and animal for that fact I normally add a gum ingredient to it such as the tylose powder or even the others I have listed for you above in question #5,they will make the fondant into a quick form of gumpaste and add  strength, or I could use a gumpaste that is pre-made or from a recipe.  Fondant is great for making bows, fish and other objects that you may want to create for a cake.

FYI: This is my rule of thumb when deciding whether to use fondant or gumpaste for objects and such…….

 If it will be eaten along with the cake it must be made in fondant….Example– the cake I made in the past that is a little girls sun dress that is laying on top of the cake, I would use fondant since it will be a part of the cake that will be eaten and the same goes for a cake with bows, a pattern, or an underwater scene with fish all over it and so on.

 Now if it can be removed off the cake then I can do that in gumpaste……Example– my sugar animals, kids shoes, high heels, tiara and people are made to sit on top the cake or around the cake and are usually removed before serving so those can be made in gumpaste if I choose since they will not be eaten.

13. What should I use to keep my fondant from sticking to my work surface when rolling out? This is one of those questions that can have many answers. I will share with you what works best for me since there are many people who do it different ways.

I was told in the beginning to use corn starch to cover my work surface, however my fondant never seemed to roll out like others did. It was so dry and I had all kinds of tears and rips.  Then I was told to use powder sugar(also called icing sugar in some areas), and that worked but not every time, then I decided to use shortening rubbed all over my work surface, now this did work at times very well but, to be honest not every time, at times my fondant would separate underneath which is a sign that too much shortening has gotten into my fondant. But the times it did work were great because my fondant was not all dried out and falling apart. So I have come to the conclusion after many experiments that it all depends on the weather. So I really cannot give you a clear-cut answer on this question. I included all the ways to do this so that you can experiment and see which way works best for you.

FYI: I will tell you my little way of deciding which method to use and how to know……..If the weather in my area is very wet and rainy or we have high humidity then I will use the powder sugar sprinkled on my work mat to roll out my fondant.

If it is dry and low humidity then I rub shortening on my work mat and roll out my fondant on that. By using these guidelines I have come up with a nice little system that I can use to decide which method will work best for me and my location….test this out and see what you come up with, try each method and see what kind of results you get. Now I will tell you to do this experiment I used a dummy cake so that I did not mess up a nice cake that I was working on. It is always best to experiment when you are not doing a cake for an order, just in case things don’t go so well.  

Another tidbit of info for you…..a word about using corn starch, I do not ever use just corn starch to roll out my fondant since it can cause your fondant to dry out, turn brittle and at times seems to change the texture too. There are some who use a mixture of  half powder sugar, half corn starch. I have tried this and feel that just plain powder sugar works best,  but please know that there is nothing wrong with the 50/50 mixture I just did not like the results…….but as always it is up to you to check it out for yourself!!

   14. Can I use marshmallow fondant to make figurines? I have tried this, but it was not a pretty sight, lol my figurines looked like a melting snowman, therefore I was not at all happy with the results that I had,  so I only use the marshmallow fondant to cover cakes and that’s it, really it should only go on cake since it tastes soo great!!! Now I will say that there are many decorators who are using MMF to create their figures and have no issues, but it is my personal choice to use a pre-made fondant….You could use one from a recipe,  homemade marshmallow fondant or a pre-made brand.  So I would advise you to give it a try to see how it goes for you. Just because I do not do something a certain way does not mean it is not the correct way of doing it. We all have our own style of how we create our cakes and other sugarcrafts. Some have written me and said they tried the MMF and it worked for them and they were happy with the results, so there ya go. It is up to the person!!

15. What kind of fondant do you use to cover your cakes? I get this question everyday it seems like….when I first started I was like many of you I scoured the internet reading all that I could, trying to figure out what to do and how to get started working with fondant. I ended up so confused about so many things to be honest. I read it was always best to make your own fondant from recipe since store-bought tasted soo bad, then I would read to use this or that….ugghh it was crazy. So here is what I chose to do. I started off making and working with marshmallow fondant which tasted soo good and people like it. Then I wanted to make objects and figures but as I said the mmf  just did not give me the results I was looking for so I decided to use a recipe to make my own and it was great. I had a good strong fondant and it tasted good. As time went on I got soo busy and having to make fondant each time was wearing me out quick, along with all the other things we do as cake decorators even though people think we just bake a cake and slap icing on it, ohh how I wish it were that easy, lol….

So to make more time I purchased different brands of pre-made fondant…..I got the Wilton, Satin Ice, Bakels Pettinice and Fondx so that I could test them all and see what worked best for me.

Well right away after testing the Wilton and having many others taste it, I knew there was no way I would ever put that on a cake with my name on it…uggh it was nasty, I added flavorings to it and still, it was not good that great it seemed to have a chemical taste to it……. I must add that I do use the Wilton brand of fondant to make figurines, it sets up so nice. In my opinion Wilton’s Fondant is a perfect medium for beginners who want to get started in making figurines since most people do not eat the figurines you don’t have to worry about the taste.

Bakels Pettinice. Ohh I really liked the taste of this one as well as everyone else I had try it, and it seemed to cover cake pretty well but the issue in the end for me was that it was more expensive to purchase and I would have had to add it to the price of my cakes.

Fondx, it tasted very good as well, and I must admit that I did like the way it rolls out and it covered my cake very nicely, I also noticed that it is very pliable and is easy to work with…… the only drawback I can see is the price it can be more expensive than some.

Satin Ice, it tasted great, and the best thing I liked about it was that it was just as easy to work with as the others and most importantly the price is very reasonable and you can find Satin Ice at so many places online and at cake stores.


My motto is to find what works best for you….take these guidelines that I have shared and give them a try to see what you think, then you can decide what works for you and what does not, that is what cake decorating is all about. Doing it your way!!

Hopefully this helps answer some of your questions, there is soo many variables in dealing with fondant/gumpaste so it can be tough to answer every different situation. I wish you all the best as you venture into the awesome world of fondant and or gumpaste……to be honest it is my favorite medium to use!

Happy Creating, Donna

212 Responses to “Gumpaste/Fondant Questions….Updated!”

  1. aji varghese July 24, 2014 at 6:45 am #

    Hi , i always mix fondant with tylose powder to make gumpaste .it worked fine for me till last 3 months . now whatever i make with this gumpaste recipe will not dry even after a week . i tried refrigerating and it dried within hours but when i took it out again it become soft . what went wrong ? usually i don’t use gumpaste immediately after making .i keep it for resting a whole night . then the next morning the dough will be rock hard .but after kneading it will never be hard .usually i use homemade fondnt with gelatin,liquid glucose and glycerin as ingrediants .then i thought may be it will work in store bought fondant but it didn’t. then i thought tylose powder may have expired that’s why this happening and bought a bottle. even then it is not working .i am living in an extremely hot and humid place.when this problem started it was summer season and now monsoon has started ,but still the problem stays…help

    • The Sugar Lane July 29, 2014 at 6:59 pm #

      Hello Aji

      It sounds like the weather is your problem when you have lots of humidity it does cause a drying issue with gum paste….try adding more tylose powder than you would normally use and see it that helps any…I am sorry that your having so many issues…the weather has a lot of affects upon our cake decorating projects for sure…I wish you the best my friend!!

  2. Tina June 16, 2014 at 12:25 pm #

    Fondant or gum paste under cupcake edible image topper???

    I have edible images that i want to put on top of my iced cupcakes. I just want to find out whether to use fondant or gum paste???

    • The Sugar Lane July 29, 2014 at 7:04 pm #

      Hello Tina…sorry I am just getting to your question….since the cupcakes are going to be eaten it is best to always use fondant underneath the edible image….gumpaste is used more for things that are not going to be eaten such as figurines, bows and so on. I hope this helps!

  3. Amber May 5, 2014 at 10:44 pm #

    Thanks for finally talking about >Gumpaste/Fondant Questions.Updated!

    | The Sugar Lane <Loved it!

  4. Mel February 4, 2014 at 10:09 am #

    Hi, I have just made my first shoe cake topper out of fondant (will use gumpaste next time). This is my third attempt and I am happy with it so far. However, I placed a piece of card in the front to act as a support but now it has stuck to the fondant and I can’t remove it without cracking the shoe. Any suggestions would be welcome as the two previous shoes were a disaster and this one is looking pretty good. Thank you, Mel

  5. Leigh September 24, 2013 at 4:03 am #

    Hi there, I have a question… Is there a way to color flowers after they are dry and wired? I have premade white flowers and sometimes I need them to be a very deep red or blue etc. petal dust just does not do the job:) what do you suggest?

    • The Sugar Lane January 11, 2014 at 10:12 am #

      Leigh……

      there are some very deep colors in the luster dust that will give you that very deep red or blue that you are trying to achieve and I have used them myself and they turn out just beautiful….don’t be afraid to mix colors to come up with your own custom colors…use a paper plate to add one color and add another even 3 other colors to create your custom dust color. Don’t be afraid to play around with them but remember a little goes along way….also you can purchase empty containers just like the ones the luster dusts come in so that if you create a custom color you can put it in a container and save it to use again later…use a permanent marker to write your custom color name on the container. Use the luster dust and them top it off with some petal dust. What I do is make some round pieces of petal shapes put of gumpaste when making my flowers so that I have something I can use to test my luster dust colors and petal dust colors on that way I can test them on what is just like the flower petals I am using without messing up my actual flower petals. So when making your flower petals make some shapes of gumpaste so that you can use them to apply your test colors to. Good luck to you!

  6. Jown September 16, 2013 at 1:53 am #

    Hi am so thankful found this blog. i will start my business but will focus first with different cupcakes and would luk to use fondant and gumpaste.. Can you share me your recipe for fondant and gumpaste so that i could try it..herr is my email add ilenejhoan@gmail.com…Thank you very much.

  7. KHOLA August 26, 2013 at 9:52 pm #

    Hi,
    I’m making my first circus theme cake and have made a couple of figurines out of modelling paste (a week in advance) and am storing these in a air tight container. One of the seals I have made has just had a crack in it. What can I do to ensure that this doesn’t happen again? Should I be adding anything more to my modelling paste?
    Also any hints as to where I can find a website to show me designs for circus theme cakes?

    • The Sugar Lane October 11, 2013 at 7:23 pm #

      Khola, It sounds like the seal may have dried too quick, in the future allow it set out on the table as it is drying so that you can see it dry each day and will notice if any issues are developing. I just did a video showing how to fix those cracks so that you can still use the figurine. I will be posting the video very soon here on my blog for all to see. I would not add anything else to your paste. In order to find certain themed cakes just search for them on google.com

  8. Anneke August 16, 2013 at 3:01 am #

    do you have to use tylose powder or can you do with out it

    • The Sugar Lane October 11, 2013 at 6:57 pm #

      Anneke, you do not always HAVE to use tylose/cmc powder…. it just depends on what your doing, and since I don’t know what your doing I just cannot say for sure what you should do.

    • The Sugar Lane October 11, 2013 at 7:23 pm #

      You do NOT have to use tylose/cmc powder it just depends on what your making and what paste your using!

  9. Sarah July 29, 2013 at 12:33 pm #

    I’m so glad I found your blog! I’ve only just started making sculpted cakes, and I’ve found lots of helpful info on here! Thanks! :)

  10. Annie July 5, 2013 at 5:21 am #

    That was very helpful! Thank you for posting all those ideas!

  11. maryam June 19, 2013 at 2:58 pm #

    Thank u for ur very enlightening tips.am a novice baker and very interested in dis craft.we don’t usually ve access to ready made fondants and gumpaste here in nigeria.So wld u recommend a fondant and gumpaste recipe that would work for me pls? Thank you.

  12. Melinda June 19, 2013 at 2:09 pm #

    I am making a farm cake and wanted to stick a goat head directly into the cake attached with a skewer. It will look like he’s inside a barn. Do you think it will stay or tear through the cake?

  13. Divine June 14, 2013 at 2:14 pm #

    Can you give me a yummy fluffy and moist cake and quantity of preservatives pls

  14. Lerma May 6, 2013 at 6:40 am #

    So happy that I chanced upon your blog site. All of your tips will be very helpful to a novice baker like me. I will be trying to make a fondant covered cake in a few weeks. How many days in advance can I make the cake and how do I store it?

  15. Marcia April 22, 2013 at 6:26 am #

    I am new in cake decorating and I would like to know why when I mix gum paste and fondant, it forms some lumps. Also, can I put a cake coverd in fondant in the fridge?

  16. Maddie April 21, 2013 at 8:24 pm #

    Can you cover a cake with gum paste?

    • The Sugar Lane October 11, 2013 at 7:34 pm #

      Its never a good idea to cover a cake with gumpaste it is only for making flowers and figurines. Only cover a cake in fondant since it is softer.

  17. Cazz April 3, 2013 at 4:40 am #

    Thank you very much for taking the time to write this and post it. I couldn’t agree with you more, the amount of contradicting info and every persons own favourite techniques really confused me and I didn’t want to waste much time and money practising every single one of them on a section of cake decorating classed as beginners work. Knowing that they are all ‘right’ in their own way, that it just depends on personal preference helped me a lot by cutting out a lot of confusion and what would have been wasted time and money..

    Thank you again :) Cazz

  18. Shamala March 28, 2013 at 11:41 am #

    I need to to colour abt 2lb of fondant with black colour for a cake I’m making. What is the best way to do this to get a pitch black colour and without the fondant becoming sticky. Iv bought an ‘ extra black’ paste.

    • The Sugar Lane October 11, 2013 at 7:38 pm #

      It is very tough to color fondant black or red therefore it is always best to purchase the ready made in these colors I give up trying to color them since it takes too much coloring and changes the taste!

      • peedoodlum@gmail.com January 21, 2014 at 5:55 pm #

        Wilton paste colors…works fine…allow the fondant to age at least 24hours and tthe color will deepen

  19. jackie deguara March 20, 2013 at 3:44 am #

    Hi, I have made some flowers last night using sugar paste, and they were starting to firm up, I left them underneath the fan last night, then today it is raining and a bit humid, and they appear to be getting softer and softer! Is there anything I can do to resurrect them at this point? Or just keep them under the fan and hope the weather gets better? Thanks in advance.. Jackie

    • The Sugar Lane March 25, 2013 at 1:32 am #

      Hello Jackie
      Sorry to hear about your flowers….did you use gumpaste or fondant to create them? At this point I would just keep the fan on them, and wait for drier weather…many do not realize how much the weather (moisture) can effect the things we create out of sugar. I have dealt with this same issue a few times. In the future when you are dealing lots of moisture in the air make sure you are using gumpaste only….using a mixture of fondant with tylose added to it when making flowers is not always the best application although it will work but flowers will be soft. I hope this all makes sense to you, lol.

  20. The Sugar Lane March 19, 2013 at 5:27 pm #

    Ashley……I no longer make my own fondant for making figures, I purchase ready made fondant and gumpaste to create my figures. I know that some people use MMF to make figurines however it can be very tough. I will share a fondant recipe that I use from time to time.

  21. Amanda March 18, 2013 at 5:35 am #

    I have found this blog to be very helpful! I have made bows with fondant and they begin to droop after being on the cake for only 30 minutes even if i have let them air dry for a week! I will be trying the 50/50 mixture with the gumpaste this week and am hoping for great results!

    • The Sugar Lane March 19, 2013 at 4:41 pm #

      Hello Amanda…..

      I am so happy that this blog is helpful to you….To address this issue you had with your bow, it is very common for a Bow made of Fondant to be droopy since fondant is usually softer. If it were me I would do the 50/50 mixture of Fondant/Gumpaste as you indicated. Also you can even make the bow out of Gumpaste only if need be……things should turn out much better for you.

  22. Susan March 16, 2013 at 9:09 am #

    I am a beginner to using fondant… I went to the cake shop and got pink fondant.. (the only shade they had) Just opened it and it is BRIGHT pink.. I am making pigs.. it is way to pink.. HELP!!!!
    How can I lighten the fondant??? Trying to make this cake for Sunday dinner.. any ideas would be great

    • The Sugar Lane March 19, 2013 at 5:07 pm #

      Susan

      Welcome to the awesome world of Fondant…..To lighten the bright pink color all you need to do is take some of the pink fondant and add it to some white fondant and this will allow you to achieve the color that your looking to work with. Just add a little of the white fondant at a time until you get the correct Pink that you want to work with. I wish you the best with your little pigs!!

      • Susan March 24, 2013 at 10:38 am #

        THANKS so much.. it worked out GREAT! so glad I found your website!

  23. Kristin March 11, 2013 at 7:28 pm #

    Hello. I am attempting to make DR. SEUSS fondant letters to spell out my child’s name for their birthday cake. Do you recommend fondant and/or gum paste? Also, how would you recommend going about creating the font? I considered printing out the names from word and tracing the letters onto the fondant itself. Any help would be appreciated. bollingwith5@gmail.com

    • The Sugar Lane March 19, 2013 at 5:23 pm #

      Hi Kristin
      You could print out names in word as you indicated and then trace them out with an exacto knife, I have used stencils to cut out letters in the past and I even used my set of alphabet cookie cutters to create my letters too. There are many ways of going about this its just a matter of what you have on hand I guess. I wish you the best!

      Note: I would roll out your fondant and allow it to setup for about 15 minutes before you start tracing out the letters so that things will go smoother for you.

  24. Ayesha Anwar Molai March 3, 2013 at 10:21 am #

    please share your fondant recipe for figurines. i make marshmellow fondant it is capable of melting so cant take risks.
    help please!

    • The Sugar Lane March 25, 2013 at 1:47 am #

      Ayesha

      I do not make my own fondant anymore however, in the beginning I did…i will be more than happy to share the recipe that I used back then. I now use a ready-made gumpaste most of the time called Satin Ice Gumpaste. I also use Wilton’s ready-made Fondant at times to make figures and different pieces.

  25. ashley March 3, 2013 at 9:47 am #

    please can you share your fondant recipe for making figurines? i make marshmellow fondant. and fondant recipe for covering the cake?

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  27. Heather February 22, 2013 at 1:55 am #

    Hello Donna,
    I apologize if this answer is embedded in your comments section. I am making a madagascar cake for my son and daughter for their joint 1st and 5th bday party. I have 3 of the 4 animals done, and it took me ages. I used basically 50/50 fondant and gumpaste (started just eyeballing everything randomly after awhile). I immediately put animals into a sealed container and away from light. However, the left over gumpaste/fondant that was in a plastic bag has turned from a deeper purple/grey to a light blue/grey. I am worried about drying out and fading all of the beautiful vibrant colors I worked so hard to achieve. Is there anything that I can paint or spray (other than more color) on it to seal in color and prevent fading? The party isn’t until over a week from now, so I am worried about what time will do to my creations…but I also didn’t want to pull a frustrating all nighter before the party.

    Thanks!

  28. Clarice February 11, 2013 at 9:06 pm #

    NEED HELP ASAP …..I made a cake with fondant and gumpaste decorations about 9 months ago. I stored the leftover colored fondant & gumpaste (lots of colored ‘balls’) in small plastic containers. Now, I want to make a cake again using those. Since I have so much leftover, I do not want to buy again. THE PROBLEM is I do not know WHICH is Fondant & WHICH is Gumpaste? HOW TO IDENTIFY????

    • The Sugar Lane February 26, 2013 at 8:50 am #

      Hello Clarice

      Sorry to just be getting to your comment! Honestly I am not too sure which would be fondant/gumpaste….I would think that you could tell be kneading the paste and the one that is very soft would be the one that is fondant and the stronger paste should be the gumpaste. I hope that you were able to figure things out!

  29. Cristy February 9, 2013 at 7:14 am #

    This was very helpful! Thank you for taking the time to be so thorough in your responses. I have found that you just have to get out there and try things and figure out what works for you, but I so appreciate being able to learn from other people to get new ideas to try!

  30. jan January 19, 2013 at 11:22 am #

    I’m going to make a bakiny cake for my son. First time. Is it best to just icing the cake and fondant the suit part or fondant the whole cake and then do details?

    • The Sugar Lane February 26, 2013 at 9:45 am #

      Hello Jan

      When I do a cake I do the icing, then all the fondant and then the details are the last thing I would do.

  31. Jan January 19, 2013 at 10:47 am #

    Hi I am a beginner and I just want to thank you. I got my question answered and some that will help as I go.

  32. Clarice January 10, 2013 at 7:22 pm #

    HELP . My GUMPASTE that was stored saran-wrapped and in a container is now hard as a ROCK. Is there any way you could soften it again to make it pliable ?????? It is about half pound worth.

    • The Sugar Lane February 26, 2013 at 9:51 am #

      Clarice

      Just place your gumpaste in the microwave a few seconds at a time and it will soften up for you!

  33. fariha November 26, 2012 at 3:23 am #

    Hi
    I used MM fondant to cover my cake but as i put my crumb coated cake in fridge to make crumb coat hard and firm, my fondant became wet when i covered my cake with it due to condensation… I cant understand how to deal with this problem because anyways we have to put crumb boated cake in fridge before covering. I would really appreciate if you could guide me on this issue.. Thanks :)

    • Sarah July 29, 2013 at 12:28 pm #

      You should let your cake come to room temperature before covering it with fondant. That should prevent the condensation issue.

  34. jusna ahmed November 13, 2012 at 2:34 pm #

    hi iv been making gumpaste flowers for about a year , but i find storage quite difficult . i find my gumpaste roses start to almost wilt and start sagging afters a few weeks , they tend to go abit soft, same with my gumpaste butterflys n tiaras , i dnt undrestand y its not even hot in the uk . i make gumpaste from adding tylose powder to fondant. pls help me!

  35. Niro October 18, 2012 at 12:48 pm #

    Hi! Great decorating tips thank you! Quick question, is it possible to add some tylose powder to wilton ready made gumpaste to make it dry even harder? Where we live its very hot and humid (above 90% humidity). I did a figurine from gumpaste and when in the aircon goes completely dry and hard. The minute I turn it off, after a few hours it starts to feel a little sticky.

    • The Sugar Lane October 27, 2012 at 3:11 pm #

      Hello Niro

      To be honest I do not think adding tylose powder to the Wilton gumpaste will help since the gumpaste already has a gum ingredient (tylose powder) in it. Adding more can be done however i will tell you that having too much gum ingredient will cause the figurine or whatever your making to crack and make things worse in the long run. It is normal for your figurine to feel alittle sticky when the a/c is off due to the humidity.

  36. salwa October 8, 2012 at 7:11 pm #

    thank u for the tips , u helped me understand the differences between fondant and gum paste .

  37. Collette October 8, 2012 at 4:55 am #

    Hi, I am making a cake, then doing just a piped butter cream icing with a beer bottle topper, my question is, is there a way to make a mould to get a prefect shaped std size beer bottle… also any tips or tricks to help me on my way. Thanks so much in advance

  38. Joey September 27, 2012 at 6:29 am #

    Wow! Thank you so much for all the good infos! Im thinking of doing a Jack Skellington figurine on the top of my halloween cake and since his body/arm/legs are so thin and long, i was thinking of using wire inside the fondant/tylose ? Did you ever try that technic? I am also wondering how you can color white chocolate properly since the regular liquid food color had a chemical reaction with my chocolate and turn it into a thick paste ?!? (sorry for my english, i speak french) ! I eard that a oil based food color could work better? And last question: What can i use to paint on fondant? Edible paint? I’dlike to have vivid colours and paint trees and clouds on a dark fondant,the markers does not work to good for that! Thank you, have a nice day! Joey

    • The Sugar Lane October 26, 2012 at 3:37 am #

      Hi Joey,

      Your very welcome by the way! Yes I have used wires inside of the arms and legs for my figurines and also in making number shapes and such this is a great way to go about this in your situation. There is specific coloring available on the market just for coloring chocolate and they are very nice. To paint on fondant I use food colorings made by americolor and the colors are soo nice to use. I hope I answered all your questions and wish you the best!

  39. Tolein September 11, 2012 at 9:21 am #

    Hi, I have a problem. I have made a hello kitty figures using supposably sugar dough. But it won’t become dry unless if I put it in refridgerato! If it was outside (room tempreture) it goes back soft and the shapes starts to fall! What can I do to keep it hard and dry? Plz help!

    • The Sugar Lane September 20, 2012 at 10:53 pm #

      Tolein….Using fondant to create any type of figure can cause the exact issues you are having, you need to use a gumpaste or add tylose powder or cmc powder to your fondant. Doing this will strengthen up your paste in addition it will help your figure to dry quicker. I also helps to place a small fan in front of your figure to help it dry quicker. I hope this helps and things go better for you next time!!

  40. kaiz August 11, 2012 at 7:06 pm #

    hi,
    i made cupcakes yesterday and decorated it with fondant, on which i had hand painted a few designs.. i used wilton colors. The thing is that the paint wont dry on top of my fondant..
    is it supposed to be like this or am i doing it the wrong way or what?? how do i get it to dry??

    Thank you for sharing all your lovely recipes with everyone and being so helpful.

  41. Chhaya Atwal August 1, 2012 at 5:57 am #

    Hey there just wanted to give you a quick heads
    up and let you know a few of the pictures aren’t loading properly. I’m not sure why but I think its a linking issue.
    I’ve tried it in two different browsers and both show the same outcome.

  42. rudrajyoti July 28, 2012 at 9:46 pm #

    hi i wanted to know that can i use cmc pwder to make gumpaste?and is it the same cmc which we use in icecream?if yes,,,,ho w much cmc to put in the recipe?

  43. Rocio July 27, 2012 at 9:39 pm #

    Hi, i’m a new baker and i’m a little confused. I just started buying all my baking stuff the next step is to buy a kitchenaid mixer, of course i have to wait about a month or two since they can be expensive. My question is can i make buttercream frosting with my regular hand mixer… I got very discouraged when someone online said that you can’t so i HAD to go and buy a mixer asap which is impossible. Another thing is, can i make gumpaste like you’ve mentioned i can do 50/50, can i use marshmellow fondant and some tylose powder and make it, or it has to be premade fondant?

    • The Sugar Lane October 27, 2012 at 4:04 pm #

      Rocio sorry to just be answering your question, yes you can use your regular hand mixer to make buttercream icing….I have used mine before, although I have to give my mixer small breaks so I dont burn up the motor. Yes you can make marshmallow fondant and add tylose powder to is, you can add 1-3 tsps of tylose powder to a pound of fondant.

  44. rudrajyoti July 27, 2012 at 12:05 pm #

    hi i want to know its the same cmc powder which we use in ice cream,this can be used to make gumpaste…if yes then what ammount …ill be very greatful to you if u can share gumpaste recipe.thanks

    • The Sugar Lane October 27, 2012 at 4:09 pm #

      Rudraiyoti, yes cmc powder is the same that is added to ice cream amd yes you use cmc powder to make gumpaste. If you already have fondant you can add 1-3 tsps of cmc powder to your fondant to make a quick version of gumpaste.

  45. Natasha Rodricks-Naidu July 23, 2012 at 4:56 am #

    My goodness, how generous you are with tips and techniques. I love that in people, especially those who are so accomplished like you. I made the sugar fondant for the first time yesterday for my daughter’s 4th b’day which is tomorrow. Made the cakes for a doll cake. I’m at work right now and so excited about doing the cake tonight.
    The fondant had hardened when i checked this morning but will take your advice. Here’s what I learnt from your website-
    Microwave fondant for 10 secs, colour it pink, then use icing sugar to roll it out into a thin circle. Cut from center and arrange it around the doll’s waist. Make fondant flowers and decorate chest and hair with silver sugar beads. Am I doing the right thing? Do I need to cover the cake with whipped cream and then put the fondant so that it sticks better?
    Thanks so much. Natasha

    • The Sugar Lane July 23, 2012 at 1:57 pm #

      Natasha………Hello to you my friend!!

      Soo happy to hear you are all prepared to do your cake, YEAHHH! I know that you are going to do an awesome job for your daughters cake.

      It is very normal for the fondant to harden after you have made it(as I have said before), Yes just microwave for 10 seconds take it out and knead it some as best as possible since it will tend to get hot areas…if it is still very hard heat an addtional 10 sec. until it is pliable, you do not want it to be too warm which will make it too soft to work with. In addition you want to make sure you knead the fondant well so that all the ingredients are well mixed (for approx. 2 mins) allowing the emulsifiers within the sugar to sort of activate giving you a fondant that not only rolls out nicely but looks great on your cake….now make sure you dont roll the fondant out too thin, especially if this is your first time. Rolling too thin can cause tears when you go to pickup the fondant to transfer on to the cake. Rolling to about 1/4 in thickness is a great place to start if this is your first time, then as you gain more experience with it you can go a bit thinner as I do.

      BEFORE you put fondant on your cake you always want to cover the cake with an icing, I usually use buttercream….you mentioned whipped cream although you can use this I will tell you that it will be very difficult to get your fondant to stay in place since whipped cream is soo soft, you may end up with fondant that just slides off your cake. If you dont have a buttercream icing avail, you can always use those store bought cans of icing with a bit of milk added to the icing to thin it down a wee bit making it easier to apply to your cake. I just dont want you trying to get that fondant on the cake with the whipped cream and loosing your mind when it wants to slide down constantly since it is tougher to adhere to than a regular buttercream or icing.

      So you want to cover your cake in icing….Place the iced cake in the fridge for approx. 30 mins so the icing will setup and chill then when you bring it out you can use a paper towel to lay on the cake and smooth out using your hand running over the paper towel with a light touch.

      Now your cake is ready for applying the fondant! I hope I did not confuse you with all this additional info I just want things to go as smooth as possible for you! If you have any other questions I will check my email later this afternoon since I will be away from the computer much of the day. All my best to you!

  46. shelley vandyke July 20, 2012 at 3:36 am #

    Hi, I am new to this site, really finding some useful info. I started making specialty cakes earlier this year, trying to learn all that I can online/YouTube, etc. The main problem that I keep having is that using 50/50 to sculpt flowers works much better than pure gumpaste, but the flowers do not want to stay on the floral wiring. I have tried making a hook, dipping in gumglue, using a variety of wire thickness etc. They always want to crack and break at the base of the flower when I am assembling them with the floral tape. Or the end of the wire insists on pushing through the surface of the flower as it dries on the shaper. I have been experimenting with various flowers, and do alright with most, but could be better, and asian lilies in particular are the bane of my existance right now, lol. Also, when painting the flower petals with petal dust, is it better to use dry on the surface of the petal or mix with vodka into a paste? I want to find a better technique for blending the colors so that they look more realistic. I appreciate the advice on pricing also; my mother-in-law suggested figuring the cost of supplies and then doubling it; fondant covered with sugar crafted flowers come up to around $50 for a two layer; does that sound about right? Thank you in advance for the advice!~
    Shelley

    • The Sugar Lane July 25, 2012 at 4:51 pm #

      Shelley……..

      Hello my friend to be honest it sounds like using the 50/50 mixture for fondant/gumpaste is your issue, and here is why, with half of the mixture being fondant your paste is too soft. The reason we use a pure Gumpaste to create flowers is that it dries very quick and is strong, it does not sag or pull away from itself. So you adding a flower to the wire is going to pose an issue as it dries since the fondant will not ever want to dry hard enough to hold in place on the wire.

      I use straight gumpaste to create flowers and never have issues with my wires coming through once dried, or even cracking. I am not sure why you have decided that the 50/50 works better for you but maybe give just gumpaste a try again and see what happens with those same flowers on the wires.

      As far as coloring your flowers I truly feel it really is a matter of personal preference whether you use the petal dust dry or mixed with the vodka in addition to the fact that I do the petal dust when I want a softer look, now when I am making lilys I use the vodka mixed with the petal dust to paint on the details on my flower petals. So it really just depends on what you are doing and the effect that you are trying to achieve in the end. A technique that I can share that I love doing is to take 2 or 3 different petal dust colors and mix them to come up with a one of a kind shade that adds not only a one of a kind look but depth to your flowers. So if you are using a Yellow petal dust also use a darker yellow shade and maybe a gold color mix them all up on a paper plate and put that on your petals. This will enable you to create one of a kind shades as said!

      Ohh and to answer your question about the pricing on a 2 tier cake covered in fondant with sugar flowers for $50 is quite reasonable to me, I think you are on target the way that you decided to do your pricing and as long as you feel confident with this method then that is all the truly matters in the end. Keep doing what your doing and you will go very far!

      I hope that you can get your flower issue figured out and that I was able to help in one way or another! All my best to you Shelley!!

  47. treasure July 17, 2012 at 12:07 pm #

    I really love ur write up, wld lv 2 hear 4rm u more often. Ur tips are indeed vry practical nd helpful.

  48. Shaunte July 11, 2012 at 1:57 pm #

    Hello Donna!
    Your site is soooo helpful, thank you for sharing.
    My question is once I create the fondant figurines, squares & stars, should I lay them on wax paper, parchment or aluminum foil on a cookie sheet for them to dry? Also, is making the shapes 3 days ahead too early?
    Thank you in advance! :)

    • The Sugar Lane July 16, 2012 at 11:01 am #

      Your SOO welcome Shaunte! Yes, place your pieces….figures, shapes and such on parchment or wax paper to setup, I also like to turn them over from time to time while drying, And yes 3 days ahead is just fine, I do mine up to a month ahead depending on what it is. Good luck to you!!

  49. susan June 28, 2012 at 9:24 pm #

    Hi there i’m trying to make a stiletto shoe for a cake and i’m having a lot if problems with the sole of the shoe (i cant get past this stage) arghhh i’ve redone them 5 times each time they break when i try to add the heel. this time i added loads of tylose powder to it in the hope that it sets hard so i can place the heel on it any suggestions would be very grateful should i jast buy pre made gum paste i’m adding tyloe to fondant at the moment
    Thank you
    Susan in Ireland.

  50. Maria June 17, 2012 at 3:20 pm #

    Hello. I am doing prep work for my daughter’s preschool project and before lots of experimentation, I thought I should ask a professional some questions. We are making gingerbread pieces of robots ahead of time then the class will be sticking them together with possibly icing or fondant. We will be embellishing the robots with fondant pieces in different colors. 1st Question: What would work for sticking the pieces together, we are debating if they will lie flat or be stand up robots. Balls of fondant,Buttercream, Royal Icing? 2nd Question: What would work for sticking on the fondant embellishments? Could I use buttercream in tube for this? It all needs to be portable to take to school. Thanks.

    • The Sugar Lane July 18, 2012 at 6:43 pm #

      Maria……….Sorry for just getting to your message, it does take time for me to answer these questions!
      In regards to your questions, If your making a robot from gingerbread pieces I would only use Royal icing to stick the pieces together. I would try using plain water to attach your fondant pieces and see how it works….I do not have all the answers to everything but what I do is experiement with things and the best way that I have learned what I know!

      Good Luck to you!
      D

  51. Peaches June 11, 2012 at 9:54 pm #

    Where should I store fondant figurines ?
    I was told that fondant gets soft when refrigerated but i do not have air condishioning in my home will fondant also softon in hot weather?

    • The Sugar Lane June 12, 2012 at 11:19 pm #

      Hello Peaches…..

      If i were you I would find the coolest part of your home since you do not have A/C and store the figurines. Yes fondant does soften in warm weather however if you have allowed the figure to setup and dry it should be fine as long as it is located away from sunlight, direct heat….a closet shelf is a great place to store your figures once they have been placed in a box. Never put them in a fridge the moisture will destroy them.

  52. Tanya June 6, 2012 at 12:12 am #

    What is the best way to attach gum paste flowers to a buttercream cake? Thank you for you in advance.

    • The Sugar Lane July 18, 2012 at 6:47 pm #

      Tanya I attach my gumpaste flowers to a buttercream cake is by just sticking them on the icing. Those that are attached to wires, I put straws into the cake and them put the wires down into the straws.

      Good Luck my friend!
      D

  53. Sierra June 3, 2012 at 8:09 pm #

    I am trying gumpaste for the first time to make a bunch of Angry Birds for my daughters birthday in a couple weeks. I found that the first one cracked before it was fully dry so I tried using a tiny bit of crisco instead of powdered sugar to keep the next ones from sticking. They were easy to work with but then they became droopy so my balls flattened too much on the bottom. As I was making all the eyes, beaks, etc. Any suggestions on what I can do to help them dry faster (using oven light method) or maintain shape better? Thanks again. Love your site.

    • Sierra June 13, 2012 at 4:45 am #

      Well, it was a good first attempt at gumpaste. Next time I will find Cmc to add to it so they don’t droop. Couldn’t find any this time but it was a learning experience. Ha

    • The Sugar Lane July 18, 2012 at 6:55 pm #

      Sierra I know that this answer may be late i will answer it anyway since others may want this info………..
      When making any sort of figures it is important to remember things should be make in stages to keep them
      from sagging and falling apart. Start with the bottom portion of the figure, let that setup and one dry move to the next step,
      them allow that to dry and so on. This is the best way that I can explain it in print form.

      To get your pieces to dry quicker put a small fan in front of your piece. When I do my eyes, and other small piece make them and allow them to setup and dry before using and applying them to your figure!

      All my best to all of you!
      D

  54. Kathy Hamilton May 22, 2012 at 3:17 pm #

    I am having trouble with my fondant being tough and dull looking. I am using regular fondant not mmf. Any suggestions on how to fix this. Thank you.

    • The Sugar Lane July 18, 2012 at 6:58 pm #

      Kathy…..to help your fondant from looking dull and tough. Try using a little shortening……add it to your fondant and knead it in which is a little trick that I always use. I am always happy with the results of doing this. Good Luck Kathy!

  55. Meghana May 18, 2012 at 8:47 am #

    Hi
    Your blog is very helpful. I have a question:
    I am making a mickey mouse clubhouse cake for my son’s birthday. I am planning to cover th cake with buttercream icing and make the clubhouse figures with sugarpaste. I am little confused here i.e. whether to use pure sugarpaste to make figures or add little CMC to it, considering mickeymouse clubhouse is not a very detailed structure like any human figure. Will adding CMC make it completely tasteless?
    I would appreciate if you could answer quickly as my son’s birthday party is next saturday.

    • The Sugar Lane May 20, 2012 at 11:20 pm #

      Hello Meghana……

      To answer your question you do not have to add CMC powder unless you find that your figures are drooping or sagging, CMC powder is only used to strenghten your paste, so if you are able to create your figures just fine with the paste then dont worry about adding the CMC powder. If you live in a very hunid area the CMC powder is good for elinating the humidity from your paste. The CMC powder can change the taste just a tad but not enough to really make a difference. I wish you the best with your project.

  56. Sandee Meyer April 6, 2012 at 12:35 am #

    Wow…wished I would have found your blog sooner! When making fondant decorations, can I place them on cupcakes iced with buttercream without worry? Have made some darling graduation decorations and they are going to top cupcakes frosted with buttercream, I’m concerned. Thank you for your response. Means alot to me. Thanks!

    • The Sugar Lane July 18, 2012 at 7:09 pm #

      Sandee…..

      Add your decorations at the last minute to your cupcakes that have buttercream on them they should be just fine!

  57. kaizeen March 26, 2012 at 9:44 am #

    hi,
    I’ve been searching for tylose powder and haven’t yet found it. I wanted to know if i could add CMC to fondant? will it give me the same effect as gum paste?
    thank you.

    • The Sugar Lane July 18, 2012 at 7:12 pm #

      Yes Kaizeen you can use the CMC powder it will work the same way as the tylose powder would!

    • The Sugar Lane October 10, 2013 at 7:14 am #

      Yes Kaizeen you can use CMC powder it is the same as the tylose powder and will give you the same results!! Good Luck…..

  58. kaizeen March 22, 2012 at 10:23 pm #

    hey.
    I’ve recently started baking cakes and so I dont really have a big oven. I wanted to ask if there is anyway i can make a make a cake batter for two to three tins and bake them one after another? will my batter stay?
    please advice.
    thank you.

    • kaizeen March 22, 2012 at 10:42 pm #

      and could you tell me if i could use CMC instead of tylose powder for gum paste? Is there any major difference?

    • The Sugar Lane July 18, 2012 at 7:14 pm #

      Yes. Kaizeen just prepare your tins and bake them one at a time one right after the other…..this is what I do since I too have a regular sized oven as most others do and cannot fit much in the oven at once!

      • kaizeen September 29, 2013 at 3:46 pm #

        Hi again.
        I guess you must have missed my earlier question.. am sorry to again bother you.. and thank you so much for all the advice.

        I was making fondant cupcake toppers and used wilton colouring to hand paint on the top. But the paint wouldnt dry. I kepy it aside for a night in an air tight container. I also then kept it in the fridge to see if it dries. But it didnt.
        Please help.
        Thank you.

        • The Sugar Lane October 11, 2013 at 7:29 pm #

          Kaizeen, In order to get things that you paint to dry you must leave them out on a table or counter to dry BEFORE you put them into a tight container. Being in the container is in fact keeping them from drying out. Also it is not a good idea to put them in the fridge since it will make your toppers get wetter due to the moisture in the fridge.

          • kaizeen October 14, 2013 at 4:36 pm #

            Thank you so much.. I guess ill do it all again.. but thanks to your reply I wont have a floppy cake on the main day..
            Thank you once again.

    • The Sugar Lane October 10, 2013 at 7:15 am #

      Kaizeen it is just fine to prepare batter for several tins and bake them one right after another your batter should be just fine as long as you use it soon…I would not ever let my batter sit for several hours. But your plan is just fine my friend!

  59. Teresa March 12, 2012 at 3:51 pm #

    Thank you so much for sharing this, after spending hours searching the Internet to try and find which is the best icing to use for making figures just to end up being even more confused. After reading your page I have decided to use fondant and add tylose powder, But do you think this is nessesary even though the figures are sitting?? Also can I add Tylose to pre bought ready tinted fondant? Or would I have to use white and add my own colour?? Hope you. An help
    Teresa

    • The Sugar Lane March 14, 2012 at 8:15 am #

      Hello Teresa!!

      You can use a purchased fondant that is already colored and still add tylose powder to it without any issues! It is up to you whether you choose to add the tylose powder to your fondant, things will still work for you. What the tylose powder, cmc powder, gum tex, or gum trag does is strenghten the fondant so that it is easier for the figure to setup and dry quicker in addition if your in a humid area the powder will help to keep the paste drier keeping the humidity out of it. I use it for figures that are sitting and standing, but like I said it is up to you to choose whether you want to use it, you do not have to. I wish you the best with your project I hope that it turns out perfect for you my friend!!!

      D

  60. Melisa March 1, 2012 at 3:32 am #

    I have a question. I want to make Gumpaste and I want to know if glucose is a MUST for the Gumpaste?

    • The Sugar Lane March 12, 2012 at 2:18 am #

      Melisa if the recipe calls for glucose then it is needed, there are some gumpaste recipes that do not use glucose at all.

  61. Sam February 29, 2012 at 9:14 pm #

    Hey. I was trying to read the comments so I don’t repeat a question but there are so many that I figured it would just be best to ask. I’m a young baker, 17, and I’ve always wanted to work with fondant since I saw it on Foodnetwork. My mom is finally giving me a chance to by letting me make a fondant graduation cap for my party in June. Now I’m not the best carver. So my question is… Should I just use straight fondant with that powder you mentioned to make the cap or should I try to carve cake and cover it in fondant? And also I wanna make like individual strands for the tassel (two colors like mine) and combine them like an actual tassel so how would I do this with fondant?

    • The Sugar Lane March 12, 2012 at 3:41 am #

      Hello to you Sam, so excited to hear that at only 17yrs old you are interested in cake decorating. It is so fun to create things from sugar! Now to answer your questions
      I have made graduation caps before, you can do it either way actually. It depends on the size of the cap that you are interested in making. One way is to use a round piece of styrofoam cut in half, rub crisco all over so that fondant will stick to it then cover it in fondant (you do not need to add tylose powder to the fondant for this part) then take a piece of cardboard that is porportioned in size to the styrofoam that you are using, use a paintbrush to paint water on the cardboard and then cover in fondant as well. You can make the tassel out of fondant (add a few pinches of tylose powder to the fondant so that it will hold its shape better) to make the strands of fondant out of different colors like you want for your school colors you can get yourself a playdoh factory….I think it is called that, this will allow you to put your fondant in the color of your choice into the play doh tool and use the lever to push the fondant through a plastic piece that has snall holds and it will create strands that can be gathered to make the tassel….then attach the tassel with water to the cap. Or you could also make a cap completely out of fondant as well it just depends what you want to do. I wish you the best and hope all goes well for you. Congratulations on graduating this yr!!

      I will make a posting on the front page of my blog showing the pics of the playdoh tool that I am talking about, and also I will post pics of how I made the grad. cap that I am describing for you.

      • Sam March 15, 2012 at 10:27 pm #

        Thanks so much. I will try out the playdoh thing if I still have mine and the styrofoam and cardboard thing. Hope all goes well for me. Haha. <3

  62. Susie February 25, 2012 at 2:38 pm #

    Question! To place a gumpaste figure on top of a small double layer 9″ round cake, do I need to put dowel rods in it to keep gumpaste figure from crashing thru the top? Thanks so much. Susie

    • The Sugar Lane March 12, 2012 at 3:50 am #

      Susie…..It is always best to add dowel rods to the cake so that you have a great foundation to place your gumpaste figure on top of. All my best to you Susie!

  63. Joann Zackaroff February 14, 2012 at 5:32 am #

    I recently make a cake for my mom for her birthday. Im new to cake decorating. I piped {in home made buttercream} a picture of a chef on a fondant circle. Is there anyway to preserve this image? Ive read information about preserving fondant figures and flowers and things made of gum paste but not sure about buttercream. She would like to keep the buttercream picture instead of just a photo.. any suggestions?/ thanks

    • The Sugar Lane February 16, 2012 at 10:21 am #

      Hello Joann….
      I do not know of any way to preserve a buttercream plaque. I wish I was able to offer you a suggestion but at this time I truly cannot think of any way to preserve, other than freezing it.
      Welcome to the world of cake decorating by the way I wish you the best!

  64. Tiffany February 11, 2012 at 7:23 pm #

    Hi im makena cake for my sistetin law and im maken a high jeel and she eamts to keep it for a souvenir can sje do that with out it molding or fallin apart?

    • The Sugar Lane February 16, 2012 at 11:22 am #

      Tiffany, I have high heel shoes that I have made that are over a year old. It is best to use gumpaste, it will not mold since it is comprised of mostly sugar, sugar does not mold. The only thing that will destroy the gumpaste shoe is moisture…I keep my home air conditioned during the summer months so it keeps the moisture to a controlled level in my home so my high heel gumpaste shoes have lasted very well.

      • Debbie July 26, 2013 at 8:01 pm #

        How long to dry the entire shoe made of gum paste before handling it? Mine broke in half after three days in my hand. ugghh

        • The Sugar Lane October 11, 2013 at 7:01 pm #

          Debbie…I let my shoes setup for at least a week before I handle it…they are still fragile even after a week, the longer you allow it to dry the better it will be.

  65. Anita Z February 5, 2012 at 11:03 am #

    Hi I was just wondering how long a gumpaste loopbow will last when it is held together with royal icing, made from egg white. Thank you Hoping to hear from you soon

    • The Sugar Lane February 16, 2012 at 11:19 am #

      Hello Anita, to be honest I am not sure how long the bow would last I have never tested it out to see. With things like this when I want to know what will work or how long will something last I will just make one and let it sit to see exactly how long it lasted for me. Sorry I could not be of more help to you!!

  66. Masensmom January 28, 2012 at 6:07 am #

    I am having an outdoor party for my sons first birthday. I live in Florida and its pretty humid out but it’s supposed to be a nice day the day of the party I think 70 degrees. I was wondering should I keep the fondant covered cake inside the house and take it out once we start singing happy birthday, or can I leave it out for everyone to see?

    • The Sugar Lane February 16, 2012 at 11:26 am #

      Masensmom,

      70 degreess weather is just fine and should not be an issue having your fondant covered cake sitting outside, just make sure to keep the cake out of the direct sunlight though….

  67. Yolanda Mulvaney January 24, 2012 at 8:09 pm #

    Hi
    Can you tell me how to preserve sugarpaste models to keep long term (have people asking me from cakes i’ve made)
    Thanks
    Yolanda

  68. Jennifer January 22, 2012 at 12:01 am #

    HI,
    An hour ago, I made gum paste for the first time using gum tex and glucose. I ended up using all of the extra 1 cup powdered sugar we’re supposed to knead with the next day (total 4 cups) even thou the air is dry here. However, I am now sure if I need to keep kneading it or if I over dried it with the sugar. As I knead it and stretch it, it’s not giving me the elasticity that I think it should be..it’ll stretch and then break. Did I over do it with the sugar or do I just need to keep kneading it? Or do I need to add more sugar even thou it’s not that sticky anymore??

    Next time, I’ll go with the tylose powder as I think it might be easier and better.

    • Jennifer January 22, 2012 at 12:03 am #

      not sure**

  69. jennifee January 16, 2012 at 12:34 am #

    My queston is when your makeing marshmellow fondant it sais to use crisco if i didnt have it at the time could i use shortening or pure lard for backing its all the same isn’t it??

    • The Sugar Lane January 19, 2012 at 12:15 pm #

      Jennifee

      Yes, you can use shortening, which is the same thing as crisco (sorry I should have specified). It is best to NOT use pure lard it just does not turn
      out too well as far as the taste and consistency when using the lard….

  70. fashesin foluke January 8, 2012 at 9:45 am #

    I have really learnt with the question and answers.you are doin a great job

  71. AfiA January 8, 2012 at 9:42 am #

    Can I make flowers with butter cream ahead of time and than store then for decorations. And how long can it be kept? Or is it better to make flowers with icing?

    • The Sugar Lane January 19, 2012 at 12:20 pm #

      Afia…you could make your buttercream flowers up a few days ahead but any sooner than that I feel that they are not their freshest. The best thing for making flowers that can be stored and used later are those make with Royal Icing….I spend a week and make many kinds and store them in plastic containers with wax paper in between them for use when I need them.

  72. Asma December 25, 2011 at 1:55 pm #

    Hi, I’d like to know if your cake has to be leveled on the top or can it have a slight denture when you’re going to apply the fondant? If it does have a dent, should I cut the dome off at the bottom or should I add extra frosting to level the cake?

    If I do it the frosting way, I’m afraid that the buttercream will melt and bulge from beneath the fondant from previous experience.

    Please advise,
    Thanks.

    • The Sugar Lane December 31, 2011 at 8:58 am #

      Asma,

      It is always best to begin with a leveled cake. Just cut the dome off so that you have a nice level cake to begin with so that when you apply the buttercream and then the fondant you will have a very nice looking cake in the end.

  73. Katie November 19, 2011 at 4:20 pm #

    Hi I am trying to make a turkey cake topper for thanksgiving. Unfortunately I can not get the body of the turkey from leaning/ sagging. I have tryed just fondant at first, the 50/50 fondant & gumpaste, & lastly just gumpaste. I also tried puting toothpicks into the figure. Nothing has worked. Was just wondering if I could get some info/ tips for fixing this problem.

    Thanks much!

    • The Sugar Lane November 26, 2011 at 5:05 pm #

      Hello Katie

      Katie

      Well I am just getting to answering your question and it is after thanksgiving so It may be too late for what you where doing, but I will go ahead and answer your question so that you will know what to do in the future when making figurines.

      It is always best to start with fondant that had some tylose powder or cmc powder added to it for strength and also helps to dry better. Or you can use gumpaste. The reason your piece is sagging is that it sometimes needs up to a week to setup and dry before you go to adding to the body with things such as the head and arms or legs etc….It is always best to create the body add toothpick and just let it set for a few days then check to see if it had dried emough, if so then you can procede with adding the head, arms and so on. If if is still too soft then allow a few more days until it is strong enough to hold the head and such.

      I hope this all makes sense and will help you in the future Katie and anyone else that reads this!!

  74. liwenyoona November 18, 2011 at 6:08 am #

    eh i make marshmallow fondant twice and did not turn out what i expected :( is it the type of marshmallow i use will affect the fondant ? it was very sticky … i used the powered sugar but after awhile when i touch it with my hand it was very sticky again … :( please help ..

    • The Sugar Lane November 26, 2011 at 4:57 pm #

      liwenyoona

      Sounds like you are on the right track, this is normal for the fondant to be sticky. try adding a little more powder sugar, them after a while if it is still sticky then just add some vegetable fat (shortening as I call it) to your hands and knead the fondant it should cut down on the stickiness for you. Good luck my friend!

  75. Joyce November 18, 2011 at 3:52 am #

    Im making a sesame street cake for my sons first birthday – I want to use a buttercream icing but fondant decorations (numbers, Elmo, etc). How do I stick it to the icing and will the buttercream change the texture/look of the fondant?

    • The Sugar Lane November 26, 2011 at 4:54 pm #

      Hi Joyce….

      to add your fondant pieces to the buttercream cake just add a small amount of water to the back side of the fondant piece and attach to your cake, you should not have any issues doing this…I do it all the time and my fondant addition added to a buttercream cake do just fine. Sometime there is an issue when adding gumpaste flowers to a buttercream cake since they are made thin and absorb the moisture from the icing but with what you are making you should be just fine my friend!! All my best to you.

  76. Betsy November 14, 2011 at 6:26 pm #

    Hi!

    I’m working with gum paste for the first time. I bought a pouch of Wilton gum paste. My first question…when I roll it into a ball (after kneading it), it’s never a smooth ball. There’s always a big crack/fold in it. I’ve worked around it and put that part of the ball where you can’t see it, but can you tell me what I’m doing wrong?

    My second question…can I glue pieces of gum paste together after they’ve dried, or do I have to do it before then.

    Thanks!

    • The Sugar Lane November 26, 2011 at 4:17 pm #

      Betsy

      The problem you are having is the wilton gumpaste….I have tried using it and it just does not want to work properly. It is best to purchase the satin ice gumpaste or just use fondant with the tylose powder added to it and this will give you a quick form of gumpaste that works great for most things. Another idea is to use the wilton fondant with the tylose powder added to it….but dont use the wilton fondant to cover cakes and such since it taste so nasty…it is only good to make objects and figurines.

      It is best to glue your pieces together while they are still soft.

  77. Grace Solomon November 7, 2011 at 7:36 pm #

    After checking out your website I was inspired to make my son’s 5th birthday cake with baseball players made out of gum paste. The party is next week. I have all the figures made (they are adorable). I want to make two single layer sheet cakes (12×18), place them side by side and then frost the cake like a ball field. My question is – there are about 13 5″ gum paste figures that I will be putting on this single layer cake – is this a mistake? Will the cake crack? Should I have support rods (like pretzel sticks or rods) in the cake under each figure? Please help! Thank you (your work is so amazing!)

    • The Sugar Lane November 8, 2011 at 3:37 pm #

      Hello Grace!!

      I am soo happy to hear about your figures that you made that is soo awesome and I am sure that your son is going to love his cake…..Putting a pretzel rod or even a drinking straw pushed down into the cake under each figure will definately help to provide support so that cake does not crack. I use plastic dowel rods that wilton sells usually under my figures when they are on top of a cake and this usually takes care of the support….but like I said you can use drinking straws too. The pretzel rods may change the taste of your cake with all the salt on the pretzel rod, but you could use a knife to scrape all the salt off of the pretzel before inserting them into your cake. I hope that all goes well and that this is just the beginning of you creating your own figures……I wish you the best Grace and thanks for your sweet comment on my work!!

      • Grace November 8, 2011 at 7:54 pm #

        Thank you so much for your prompt reply – you are the BEST!!! Quick follow up question – do you ever have a problem with placing the gum paste figures onto buttercream frosting. The cake will be frosting with buttercream “grass” and the gum paste players placed on the field. Does the buttercream effect the gum paste (make them wilt or anything)? Normally I finish decorating the cake in its entirely before going to the bed the night before the party. Should I wait until morning to put the players on the cake or do you think it would be okay to put them on the night before. Thank you again!!!!

        • The Sugar Lane November 8, 2011 at 11:06 pm #

          Grace your soo welcome!! No I don’t usually have an issue with adding figures to a cake decorated in buttercream icing…now I will say those who are planning to use gumpaste flowers can sometimes have an issue with softening when up against buttercream icing. But with figures being thicker and stronger they usually do just fine, however there have been times when I have added a small piece of wax paper pushed against the buttercream icing and then place the figure on top of that for those who want to save the figures to be used for displaying purposes later, which some people love to do.

          I put the figures on my cakes the day of the event. For times sake if you want to put them on the cake the night before they should be just fine. It is up to you how you want to go about it. Either way your cake and figures will be fine.

          FYI….for those who want to preserve and display gumpaste figures, you can spray a clear laquer on them, it seals and keeps them looking nice. Also be aware that moisture can cause them to droop…I have some in a display cabinet that have been there for at least 2 yrs. I have my air conditioner on during the hotter months and they do fine during the winter months. Sometimes the colors fade over time and they get lighter especially when near lots of sunlight. If the figures have been in contact with buttercream icing make sure to use a damp paper towel to clean the icing off the bottom of the figures.

  78. Stephanie November 2, 2011 at 10:44 pm #

    How do I dry satin ice gumpaste and how long does it usually take?

    • The Sugar Lane November 7, 2011 at 5:41 am #

      Stephanie……….the best way to dry something made with gumpaste is to let it set out and dry on its own, there is not set time that I could say it will take for it to dry because that is all dependant upon the weather in your are as well as the humidity, if it is rainy it will take longer due to the moisture and humidity. So really it all depends to be honest. When doing a figurine sometimes it can take up to 2 weeks for mine to dry as an example for you. Good luck to you!!

    • The Sugar Lane January 19, 2012 at 12:38 pm #

      Hello Stephanie

      Sorry to just be getting to your question!! The best way to dry gumpaste or fondant for that matter what I do it sit a small fan (purchased from the dollar store) in front of whatever you are trying to dry….this should take care of it. As far as a time frame that is very difficult to answer since the humidity and the weather can have a major effect on any sugarpaste that you may have used for your project.

      All my best to you!

  79. Ellen Kerstetter October 8, 2011 at 5:46 pm #

    Hello,
    I just completed my first gumpaste stilleto. Am I correct this is to air dry? I won’t be using it on a cake till the end of the month. One web said give it at least 2 weeks to dry, but did not state if it should be placed in a box or simply leave it on the counter. It’s far from perfect but I think my daughter will appreciate it. Somehow a red stilleto for her 45th b-day cake seemed like a good idea. I also purchase sprinkles but I don’t know how to get them to adhere. SHall I take a small brush and dampen the finished shoe to add these?
    Thanks so much for your advise!
    Ellen

    • The Sugar Lane October 20, 2011 at 8:51 am #

      Ellen, Yes you must allow the shoe to air dry, if not needed for a few weeks I will sit it in a box so that it does not get dusty, Yes, just use a damp paintbrush with water to attach any sprinkles that you want to add, Don’t worry that your shoe is not perfect, each time you create something you will get better and better, I am sure it will be very much appreciated!

  80. namra jafar September 25, 2011 at 8:38 pm #

    hi..i wanted to ask that i made my fondant flowers with a cutter…how long will they take to dry out?and wat is the correct way to cover my cupcakes with rolled out fondant…thanx…ur reply wud b a blessing!

    • The Sugar Lane October 10, 2011 at 1:42 pm #

      Namra the best way to cover a cupcake with fondant is to add a thin layer of buttercream icing to the top of your cupcake and then use a circle cutter to cut out a circle of fondant to cover the top of your cupcake, the buttercream will help the fondant to stick. Your fondant flower may take a few days to setup and dry but to be honest alot of this depends upon the weather in your location and the humidity as well. Good luck to you!

  81. Carolyn September 18, 2011 at 5:23 am #

    I am attempting to make a fish coming out of a cake for a birthday. Question what do I shape the fish out of before covering with fondant, AND how do I stabalize it on top of a full sheet cake which is only about 3″ thick? The fish will stand up about 8″?

    • The Sugar Lane September 20, 2011 at 4:33 am #

      Hello Carolyn…….I would shape the fish out of rice krispy treats this is a perfect medium for this sort of thing. One you have shaped the fish out of Rice Krispy Treats, make sure the bottom portion of the fish which will be againt the cake is flat and position it on top of the cake where you want it, then use either wooden or plastic dowel rods to drive down into the fish all the way into your cake and this should take care of it for you. Good luck my friend! I am sure you are going to make and awesome cake.

      • Carolyn September 29, 2011 at 5:33 pm #

        I did it!! The Rice Krispy Treats did not harden and when I tried to insert the dowel it began to spread out and crumble the fondant. I know now that I should have inserted the dowel BEFORE the fondant. My solution was to insert 4 small PVC pipes into the cake level with the top of the icing. I placed a cardboard cutout a litte smaller than the bottom of the fish on top of the PVC pipes and set the fish on top. It looked like it was resting right down on the icing. Since the fish turned out so well, I decided to use it for my step-son’s groom’s cake. He had requested a Trout cake and I came through!! It took a lot of handling and survived. Thanks for the help!!

        • The Sugar Lane October 20, 2011 at 4:20 am #

          Carolyn…………
          Yeahhhhhhh sooo happy for you my friend, I loved hearing how things turned out for you…… There is nothing like doing a project yourself, I can explain how it should be done but when you do it yourself you find out what does not work and what does. In addition you learn new techniques that can come in handy when doing another cake project. Thanks for letting me know how your cake turned out!!

  82. chrisi September 15, 2011 at 4:40 pm #

    Hi Donna,

    I’m planning on using your suggestions for mixing tylose into my fondant to make trees and figurines for my childrens’s birhtday cake.

    My question is do I color the fondant first and then add the tylose or do I add the tylose to white fondant and then add my color.

    Thank you!

    • The Sugar Lane September 15, 2011 at 8:47 pm #

      Hey Christi…..

      You can do the Tylose first and then just add your coloring, I have done it both ways so it really is no big deal but start with the tylose first so that it gives the tylose time to mix in well. Good Luck!!

  83. lexi July 25, 2011 at 12:49 am #

    Hi I’m making sunflowers, gerber daisies, and daisies, and I am using gumpaste is that ok? And how long do they take to dry? And how long do they last? Should i put them into an air tight container before or after they dry?

    Thanks!!!!

    • The Sugar Lane September 14, 2011 at 3:05 am #

      Lexi…….Sorry to just be getting to your question….Yes you always use Gumpaste when making flowers…..Drying time depends on your location as well as the weather, if it is hot and humid it takes longer to dry. Flowers will last quite a while I have some that are a few yrs old but I keep that away from humid, moist areas. The air tight comtainer is used for those who want to keep and store them after they have dried.

  84. gemma July 11, 2011 at 11:10 pm #

    hi there
    how and where can i store un-used fondant so i can use it again later to mould something new?
    thanks

    • The Sugar Lane September 14, 2011 at 3:15 am #

      Gemma to store your fondant or gumpaste to use later put it in a baggie and wrap it up then place that into a container with a lid….it should be good to use later to make something else!

  85. Stacey June 27, 2011 at 12:29 am #

    Hello! I just discovered your website. There is so much wonderful information here, thanks. I have a quick question. I am trying to make a firetruck cake for my son’s birthday. I made two ladders out of gumpaste and let them dry overnight. When I went to move them into an airtight container they fell apart. The rungs of the ladder all came loose. I need to find a way to stick it all back together again. What is the best way in general to get gum paste to stick?? Thanks so much1

    • The Sugar Lane June 27, 2011 at 2:59 pm #

      Hi Stacey…….

      I normally use water to stick fondant and gumpaste pieces together, you can use a sugar glue which I have a recipe here on my blog. Something you may use that is very good at holding things together is taking a small ball of gumpaste and put into a small bowl and add a few drops of warm water and mix real well, this mixture will be very sticky……if you need more water you can add more a drop at a time. I think this would be your best way to get the rungs of the ladder to stick together much better than plain water.

      • Stacey June 29, 2011 at 1:15 am #

        I did the gumpaste in water trick and it worked like a charm. Thanks so much for your help!

        • The Sugar Lane June 29, 2011 at 2:13 pm #

          YEAHHHH….so happy it worked for you and you got things handled, that is awesome!!

  86. Whitney C June 24, 2011 at 1:55 am #

    Hey! I have some questions that I cant figure out on my own.. After making a figure out of MM Fondant, do I put it in a container then the freezor? Or just leave it out? So confused. Also fondant I plan on using later, does that too need to go into the freezor or fridge?
    Other Question, when my cake comes out of the oven, Do i leave it out for or place in the fridge for 24 hours before placing fondant on?

    Hope you can help! Thanks!
    Whitney

    • The Sugar Lane June 24, 2011 at 11:14 pm #

      Hey Whitney……
      After making a figurine, don’t ever put them into the fridge or freezer….when drying out a figurine you can allow it to sit on your counter to dry and setup. If you intend to store your figurine just place it innto a container/box just make sure it is in a dry place, because humidity and moisture will affect the figurine and can make it get soft, droop and eventually cause it to fall apart.

      When your cake comes out of the oven allow it to cool on the counter, once it is completely cooled wrap it in foil or I often use that press and seal wrap for my cakes alot and then put into the fridge until you are ready to put fondant on it…..now if you have already iced your cake in buttercream just put it into the fridge without covering it until you are ready to put fondant on it.

      Good luck to you Whitney, if you have any other question just let me know!!

  87. Lacey May 27, 2011 at 3:25 am #

    Hi! THanks for all of the helpful advice! I want to make cupcake toppers (all types, flowers, monograms on circles, etc….not 3d figurines) and I am still not sure on what is best to use. Do I just use regular fondant, do I use a mix of fondant and gumpaste, or do I just add a little bit of the powder you were talking about to the fondant? Thank you so much!

    • The Sugar Lane May 27, 2011 at 10:06 pm #

      Hi Lacey….

      To do flat items such as letter, circles, and such then just use regular fondant for those items since they are sometimes eaten along with the cupcakes……I usually try to use only fondant for cupcake toppers since they are eaten alot of times, now if I am making a 3D Rose to put on a cupcake I will use a mixture of 50/50 fondant and gumpaste….or fondant with tylose powder. So to make it plain it is best to use fondant on flat items and gumpaste/fondant mixture for anything that is 3D. I wish you the best!!

  88. Zealy April 13, 2011 at 11:14 pm #

    Hi! I am making a birthday cake. I am making a two tiered cake, white cake, vanilla icing. However, since I want to make the cake unique I was going to make flowers out of fondant to place onto the cake.

    I guess my questions would be:
    Is there any way to place the flower onto the side of the cake without them falling or sliding down?
    And… If i need the cake for Friday night, when should I make the cake?

    Also How should I store the cake?

    Thanks!

    • The Sugar Lane April 18, 2011 at 12:00 pm #

      Zealy the best thing to do is put the water on the flower, dont use too much though…..then let the flower set for a few minutes, this allows the water to create a stickiness and then attach the flower to the cake, but you will need to hold the flower in place for a seconds. If the room you are workimg in is too warm then this could make the flower slide down the cake even more.

      I would bake the cake on Tues, if it is needed for Fri. Once it is baked I allow to cool and store in cling wrap and place in the fridge until I am ready to ice and decorate. I would then decorate the cake on Thursday and place the cake in a cardboard box until needed! (Do not store in the fridge if you have fondant on the cake)

      • Zealy April 19, 2011 at 3:17 pm #

        Thanks so much! The cake turned out great! Its was both beautiful and tasty! :O)

  89. Tracey Brock April 9, 2011 at 1:00 pm #

    Hi there,
    if you can help you will save a lot of time and money!
    I made a cake about 3 months ago… I had some gumpaste that I had tinted left so I stored in a zip lock back in a cool dry place. Tonight when i pulled it our it was rock hard. I tried to kneed it with some shortening and it didn’t help. It was not plyable at all. I put it in the microwave for 10 sec and it just made it look all cracked and the stretched the colour and made it bleed through the gumpaste (not sure if they are the right terms)
    My questions are
    Can left over gumpaste be use?
    Am I storing it incorrectly?
    Thankyou for any help you can give
    Tracey :)

    • The Sugar Lane April 18, 2011 at 12:08 pm #

      Hello Tracey…

      Sorry to hear you are having a tough time with your leftover gumpaste……Gumpaste that is stored will ususally get very hard that is normal. Once it has been put into the microwave for 10 to 15 seconds you will then need to add a little shortening to it and knead it to get it pliable again. Yes the color does seem to bleed but once you knead it again it should mix back in for you.

      For your info gumpaste is used for making suger flowers and other items that you decorate a cake with. Fondant is a sugarpaste that you cover your cake with and once it has been stored you would do the same thing with it as you do with the gumpaste to get it pliable again.

      When storing fondant or gumpaste it is always best to wrap in saran wrap and then place it in a ziplock sort of bag so that is will not get as hard while storing.

      I hope I was able to answer your questions and make sense to you:)

  90. ravi March 8, 2011 at 6:07 pm #

    Hi Donna,

    I recently made a cake for a baby shower after following your video on making a baby boy from gum paste. The cake was a hit and I got lots of comments. I wish I could upload a picture for you. Thanks for your tips and I am a regular visitor of your website.

    I always use home-made MM fondant to cover my cakes. I feel like MM fondant is bit elastic and difficult to roll out thin to cover a cake. I added home-made Wilton gum paste, about 1/10 the size relative to the size of my MM fondant ball, rolled it out and covered the cake. I could see tiny cracks in my fondant cover.

    Do you think if I added Tylose powder instead of gum paste to my MM fondant I could roll out thinner and give the cake a very thin cover ? My friends complain that my fondant cover (3/16 inch) is too thick.

    The cake for the baby shower was my 3rd fondant cake. I would really appreciate your advice on this.

    Have a good day !

    • The Sugar Lane May 27, 2011 at 10:15 pm #

      Hello Ravi
      your right MM fondant can be a bit elastic to roll out, however I do not think that adding tylose powder will make any difference for rolling out since the tylose powder is for making your sugarpaste setup and dry quicker, in fact it may make your fondant worse to rol out. The reason you had cracks when you added the gumpaste to your MM fondant is because the gumpaste dry real fast and when it does it causes cracking alot of times.

      Question for you…..are you using cornstarch to roll out your mm fondant?……this can also cause issues it tends to dry out the fondant faster as well….maybe try wiping a bit of shortening on your work surface and roll out your mm fondant on that and see if you are able to get your mm fondant thinner.

      I hope this helps!!

  91. Jennie February 5, 2011 at 3:53 pm #

    Hi im a decorator that mainly works with buttercream only, but I wanted to do gumpaste flowers for my daughters first birthday. I seen some people use shortning to roll out their flowers and some use powder sugar. I dont like the shinny look I see on some gumpaste flowers I think it makes them look fake :( but sometimes the powder sugar can make them dull looking, any suggestions?
    Thanks :)

    • The Sugar Lane February 22, 2011 at 5:38 am #

      Hello……to answer your questions regarding doing sugar flowers, sometimes that shine your seeing is from those who steam their flowers and may not at all be from using shortening to roll out your paste. I soo agree with the dull look that powder sugar leaves its so unappealing to look at those flowers that way! So I would say my suggestion would be to roll your paste with the shortening and know that it will absorb into the paste and will not leave that real shiny look you do not like. You should end up with a flower that you will be very pleased with. When doing my sugar flowers I always add a little shortetning to the gumpaste as well as cover my silicone rolling mat with shortening to roll out the paste on and have never noticed that very shiny look on my flowers. Good luck to you, maybe do a small simple flower this way first to see if you will be happy with the end result.

  92. Amanda December 13, 2010 at 10:00 pm #

    How far in advance can a cake be made? With fondant on it?

    • The Sugar Lane December 17, 2010 at 12:07 pm #

      Hello Amanda thanks for stopping by……

      I would not go beyond 2 to 3 days in advance for a fondant covered cake! Note: this is for cakes that do NOT have any perishable fillings and such.

  93. Amanda December 13, 2010 at 9:40 pm #

    When I read that you cant put fondant in the fridge I was confused because Ive seen Buddy on CAKE BOSS do it several times. What will happen when putting a cake in the fridge?

    • The Sugar Lane December 17, 2010 at 12:20 pm #

      Amanda I understand what you are saying there is much confusion regarding putting fondant in the fridge that is already been applied to a cake…..the reason you see Buddy from the Cake Boss doing this is because he has a special made commercial freezer and fridge that have been made with very low to no condensation in them which is what causes the problems with a fondant covered cake! Now if you are doing a cake that for example has a cream cheese filling that must be refrigerated then you should place the cake into a cake box and then put in your fridge, when you take the cake out of the fridge take it out of the box and allow it to come to room temp, it helps to put a small fan near it to dry it to that you don’t end up with condensation issues on the cake. I hope this info helps!

  94. Sarah November 24, 2010 at 3:21 am #

    how do you store fondant? can you store it overnight?

    thanks
    -sarah

    • The Sugar Lane December 17, 2010 at 12:23 pm #

      Yes you can store fondant overnight….I have fondant that has been stored for several months, however it depends upon if its commercial, homemade and so on. Commercial usually has a expiration date on it. Home made will nornally tell you to store it in the fridge or not to! I put my fondant in a ziplock baggie and then into a container with a lid to kee it fresh.

  95. elaine October 13, 2010 at 10:51 pm #

    thanks for very clearly answering the questions. thanks for sharing your knowledge. i appreciate it so much. I made my fondant this monday to be used this coming saturdy for my sister’s birthday and baby shower :) i am happy i got the answer to my question on how to store fondant and everything else u mentioned :) thank you! i hope i can get ur website where i can see all your beautiful creations :) more power to you!

    • The Sugar Lane October 14, 2010 at 4:13 am #

      Elaine…..

      You are soo sweet my friend, thanks sooo much for all the kind comments I am soo happy that you were able to find answers to your question here on my site!!
      Have a wonderful week and be blessed!!

  96. Crystal Davis October 10, 2010 at 12:01 pm #

    I need to make numbers for a birthday cake around 3-4 inches tall. Would you recomend that I make them in fondant, gumpaste or a 50/50 (gumpaste & fondant)? Thanks

    • The Sugar Lane October 14, 2010 at 4:12 am #

      I would make the numbers out of 50/50 Gumpaste and Fondant so that they are stronger…..

      I wish you the best my friend!!

  97. Lisa May 16, 2010 at 4:34 pm #

    I would like to use Fondant or Gumpaste figurines on a cake frosted wtih Buttercream. I have heard that the Buttercream will cause them to get soft or mushy. Is there a way you have found to avoid this?

    Thanks

    • The Sugar Lane May 19, 2010 at 6:27 am #

      You can place a cake board on the top of your cake then place your figurines on top of that so that it does not touch the buttercream icing.

      • Donna September 15, 2011 at 10:45 am #

        I have made fondant /gumpaste flowers and am using butter cream frosting on my cakes. How long before the cake is needed can I add the flowers to the buttercream icing?

        • The Sugar Lane September 15, 2011 at 8:49 pm #

          Hello Donna

          I would wait till the last minute to add the flowers since the grease in the buttercream does tend to absorb into the flowers over time.

  98. Jana April 23, 2010 at 5:03 am #

    Hi, I have a question about gum paste. After I put the unused gum paste back into the bag—where do I put it–in the fridge or on the counter????

    • The Sugar Lane April 23, 2010 at 5:57 am #

      Gumpaste should be stored on the counter just make sure that you store it in a ziplock baggie and then into a container with a lid…..it should never be put in the fridge.

  99. Nicola Pritchard April 7, 2010 at 7:34 am #

    Once a figurine has been made with sugarpaste and stored in an air tight box, how long can it be kept and still be edible. I have read that some sugar decorations set so hard that you can not eat them.

    Also does professional sugarpaste go off as it has a best before date on the packet.

  100. Darla Kester March 2, 2010 at 1:40 am #

    What is your recipe for Sugar dough? My gum paste figures always crack. Your figures look amazing. I would like to try sugar dough. Thanks

  101. Margaret December 11, 2009 at 4:51 pm #

    I’m looking for a DVD or video on making gum paste “people” and “animals”. I want to beable to use this DVD or video with my tv; NOT ON A COMPURTER. Can anyone help me please? Thank you.

    • The Sugar Lane January 18, 2010 at 8:01 am #

      The dvd’s I have on http://www.gumpastefigurine.com can be viewed on a regular dvd player with your tv or on a computer that is up to you!! There are how to dvd’s for people and animals check them out when you get a chance!!

  102. tiffany temple November 9, 2009 at 2:59 pm #

    Hi I want to know if I can mix fondant & gum paste together? Will it still harden.
    Thanks,
    Tiff

    • The Sugar Lane November 18, 2009 at 10:49 am #

      Yes it will still harden for you!!

      • Terri Gilson March 6, 2010 at 4:14 pm #

        How long would a 50/50 gumpaste/fondant flower (5 inches in diameter and about 1/8- 1/4 inch thick) take to dry, approximately?

        Thanks!

    • dreama June 22, 2011 at 12:47 am #

      hello i have a question i have made home made fondant, for my sons birthday on june 24th 2011 and butter cream for cake. question 1 is i wont like to do a mario bro theme, and i try making some of the piece in advance so they would dry for cake, because we would be out doors, but i am in a dilemma i know from previous experience fondant can drub or slide, so i was considering adding gum paste to fondant to make pieces, but i didnt want cake fondant layer to be to hard to eat. so should make regular fondant layer and to 50/50 fondant and gum paste for flat figures? also how soon should i bake/ ice cake i did want it to dry out before party
      thanks for tips

      • The Sugar Lane June 23, 2011 at 4:47 am #

        dreama…….

        i hope this reply is not too late! I would not add anything to the fondant decorations that are going to be flat your correct it would not taste too great, what i would do it make your cake a day ahead of time and decorate it so that everything will setup……if the flat figures are glued on to the cake with water a day ahead of time they should stay in place I have never had any issues.

  103. Alysha August 12, 2009 at 6:38 am #

    I don’t like the taste of fondant because of the marshmallows. Is there an alternative to fondant that works pretty much the same way??

    • The Sugar Lane August 27, 2009 at 6:40 pm #

      There are many recipes online for fondant that do not use marshmallows, try doing a google search for fondant recipes….

  104. cammu January 22, 2009 at 6:08 pm #

    Yestreday i made a home-made fondant. It contains: confectioner’s sugar, unflavored gelatin, cold water, light corn syrup, glycerin and pure vanilla extract.

    A made a figure just after it was made. Every pieces of my figure stick verry well, but today i tried to make another figurine and the pieces just don’t stick together :(

    What should i use to make it stick together? Simply water?
    Thank’s :)

  105. Karen Leland January 20, 2009 at 8:50 pm #

    I purchased Wilton’s Gum Paste mix which you just add water too. I followed the directions and then let the gum paste set up and then kneaded powdered sugar into the gum paste. The canister said to roll out with powdered sugar. I tried to make an elephant figure for a baby shower cake I am doing. It dried out very quickly and now a day later the elephant, which I have been drying in tupperware, is sagging and the ears have broken. What did I do wrong? Should I have used more powdered sugar in the kneading process? IN the book the elephant dis not loss his shape. Why did mine? Should I use fondant instead to make the figures for the cake?

    Please help. I only have four days until the shower. Thank you!

  106. Kimberly December 18, 2008 at 6:57 pm #

    When I applied my fondant to my cake and when it was time to be served…the fondant was very, very hard and had tiny cracks in it. Can this be prevented???

  107. Sasha Bullock November 25, 2008 at 5:06 am #

    I am making a nativity scene with gum paste, and I have never done any sculpting with gum paste or fondant before. I bought Wiltons gum paste mix. in the ingrediants on the back of the box it doesn’t say that it has gum tex or tylose powder in it. Will it still work for making my figurines. Also on the container it say’s its for making flowers. I am assuming that I can make whatever I want with it. Am I right.

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