Gumpaste & Fondant….What’s the Difference?

fondant_satinice_montreal02-0586-180   One of the most common questions I get asked every day is, “What is the difference between gumpaste and fondant?” Many people who come in and want to work with fondant or gumpaste for the first time are confused about which one is better to use for their particular cake project. They look exactly the same, sometimes on the outside, depending on the brand, as well as on the inside. I thought this would be a perfect question to explain on here!

                                     The most simple answer to our questions is, Fondant is used to cover a cake and gumpaste is used to make flowers, bows and 3-D creations.

Fondant is a soft, pliable, roll-able  icing to cover cakes, cupcakes and even cookies. It comes in an assortment of different colors as well as flavors (depending on the brand). My favorite brand to use is Satin Ice. Satin Ice is wonderful to work with and tastes good as well! The ladies and I at the shop even sometimes eat it right out of the bucket! I will be honest though, not all fondant has a good taste and is not so fun to work with. If you heard not so good things about fondant or have used it in the past and didn’t care for it, I defiantly recommend giving it another try! 🙂

Gum paste is a soft, mold-able substance used to make flowers, figurines, and other decorations. It will dry very quickly, while fondant doesn’t dry as quickly. It is very strong when dry, but will break if dropped or bumped. Gum pastes takes like an un-flavored neco wafer. You never want to cover your cake in gumpaste.  If you want to make sugar flowers you want to use gumpaste. You can roll the gum paste thinner, so your flowers have a more realistic look to them, rather than fondant. Gumpaste also dries faster, so it will keeps its shape.

You can also mix fondant and gum paste together and get the best of both worlds: the flexibility of fondant and the strength of gum paste. We refer to this as a 50/50 mixture. Any time you want to make figurines or something 3D, I always use half gumpaste and half fondant.

To sum it up….If you are covering a cake, you want to use Fondant. If you want to make sugar flowers, 3-D accents and even bows, you want to use gumpaste.  50/50 mixture is used to make figurines. Hope this helped clear up the difference between the two!

Be sure to see our selection of Satin Ice fondant that we carry at the shop! Also, click here to go to Satin Ice’s website to watch some fun video tutorials on how to work with fondant! 🙂

Happy Baking,

             Christy Marie

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A flower spray made out of Gumpaste

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My favorite Cake Decorating Book!

 

Hello Everyone! I thought I would share one of my favorite cake decorating books with you!  This is simply the best book out there for novice and expert cake decorators! The Complete Photo Guide to Cake Decorating is a comprehensive how-to book about all of the most popular cake decorating techniques, including piped frosting, fondant, and hand modeled figures. For each technique, there is an overview of the tools and materials used and complete instructions with photos! I am a visual person and usually when I look for cake decorating and recipe books, I always look for pictures. This book has step-by-step directions and more than 600 full-color photos! Even in the back of the book, there is a gallery of decorated cakes thats great to flip through for ideas!

Techniques & Ideas Featured:

  • Covering a cake with buttercream, ganache, fondant, and even textured buttercream
  • Covering a board with foil or fondant
  • Stenciling
  • Painting & coloring on fondant
  • Gelatin accents & Isomalt
  • Chocolate molding & painting
  • Gumpaste flowers
  • Hand- modeling animals & people
  • Buttercream roses
  • Sculpting cakes
  • & much more!

We call this the textbook for cake decorating, as it has almost anything you’d like to know about decorating cakes! It even covers a little on candy making! Stop in the shop and see why we are IN LOVE with this book!

Christy Marie 

Sugar artist Carpenter perfectly explains her book: “If you are a beginning decorator, this book will serve as a step-by-step course in cake decorating. If you are an experienced or professional decorator, this book will quickly become your go-to guide when seeking out new techniques.”

NEW! Gumpaste Bows!

 

Just in! Gumpaste bows now in different colors! Have you ever decided to add a bow to your cake last minute, but didn’t have enough time to allow it to dry? Well, now we have them already made in an assortment of vibrant colors! Just attach the bows to your cake with a little bit of buttercream icing! Great for birthdays, sweet sixteens, showers or for any occasion! The bows measure to about 6 inches! Perfect for the top or the side of your cake!

-Christy Marie