Decorating a cake can be fun and exciting --- crafting little people, using your favourite colours or preparing to wow the birthday crowd. Using gum paste for your creations does not have to be difficult. With a little practice, you can make flowers, people or animals. It is important to mix the gum paste correctly so that it is neither too dry nor too wet. If it is too wet, it will not hold its shape. If the gum paste is too dry, it will crack while on the cake. Because the cracks are unsightly, it is best to avoid them.
- Skill level:
- Moderately Easy
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Use a mixture of gum paste and fondant when making flowers. Make sure the mixture is equal parts of both items. The consistency is better and leads to fewer cracks.
Add fresh gum paste if the batch you are using seems too dry. Working with dry paste will invariably lead to cracked flowers.
Knead the dough with your hands coated in vegetable oil or shortening. Put a very thin layer on the work surface, as well. The oil will slowly get kneaded into the gum paste and make it more pliable.
Allow the flowers to dry thoroughly before putting them on a cake. It takes several days to a week to dry, depending on the thickness of the gum paste. Dry the flowers at room temperature, turning them periodically so they dry on all sides.
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