I hear you saying “You make it look so easy!”
Often when things look easy to you, they really are. That being said, working with the best available products really helps with your achievements.
My figures aren’t complicated, so you should be able to use any medium you are comfortable with! Although keep in mind, not every fondant or gumpaste is the same and sometimes working with the wrong kind of paste can really ruin your experience.
When I started modelling, I tested almost every single product on the market.
Some were really good for modelling and others were really bad. Not saying that it was a bad brand but most pastes just dried out too fast for modelling! Some were too sticky and others too soft..
So I looked at all the things that I didn’t like about fondant and gumpaste. I don’t like sticky fingers so the paste should not be sticky.
I also don’t like working under time pressure when the paste starts to crack if you leave it too long. So I wanted longer drying times.
I don’t like a soft paste that every time I slightly touch it, I mess up the shape. So I needed a firm paste.
Also temperature shouldn’t be a big deal because I would like to model in winter and summer.
After a lot of testing I was finally satisfied with Cake Dutchess modelling paste and now I really want to present this to you!
I understand that some things are very natural about this paste to me, might be strange to someone using it for the first time.
So that is why I wrote this little guide on how to use my paste.
Cake Dutchess Modelling Paste comes in tubs of 1KG
It’s a natural white sugar paste, no extra white foodcolouring added. So when you cut off a piece you might see some white / yellow’ish grain but this is completely normal. Because no extra white is added, the paste is very easy to colour and easy to achieve vibrant colours too.
When you open the tub and take out the paste you feel that it’s very firm, this is also very normal.
It’s impossible to knead it all at once, so you have to cut off small pieces at the time. You don’t need to cover a cake with it, just cut off the amount you need for your project.
See below a short video how I knead the paste myself.
So when kneading is done you have a very easy paste to work with and it keeps shape very well. You are able to work with tiny details even if you have really hot hands.
Check out the video below how the paste holds it’s shape.
Because the paste doesn’t dry out as quickly as gumpaste does and isn’t too soft as fondant, you are able to roll it out really really thin without tearing or cracking, even when you work with it for quite a while.
So this is absolutely perfect for making clothes on your figures or even all those ruffles on a cake!
You can make figures up to two weeks in advance to keep them fresh and edible, you can keep them much longer but I would not recommend eating. Although no harm is done if your kid decides to take a nibble of your project after a couple of weeks (my kids are still healthy and they did this numerous times..)
If you let your figure dry for 24 hours it becomes very strong and you can easily pick it up to transfer it to a cake.
Well I really hope this little guide was helpful! If you still have questions please ask them in a comment below and I will answer them.