Different types of paste
When you are looking to start this new hobby in Cake Decorating it might be confusing because there are so many different brands and types of sugar paste on the market.
When you end up using these products in a wrong way, modelling can actually become quite a frustrating thing to do.
For example a Ready-to-Roll fondant is perfect for covering cakes but usually is too soft for Modelling. You need to add Tylose or CMC to make it a bit firmer but Tylose or CMC also make the paste dry much quicker which can results in cracks and elephant skin.
Gumpaste is great for making flowers as it’s a fast drying and strong paste, perfect for delicate leaves and petals but usually it dries to quick for Modelling projects and you face the same problem with cracks appearing in your work.
Marzipan might taste delicious but is again not favourable for modelling as it’s too sticky to make detailed work.
What is Cake Dutchess Modelling Paste?
Cake Dutchess comes in sealed tubs of 1kg and feels quite firm when you take it out. This sometimes puts people off using it as they are used to the nice and soft Ready-to-Roll fondant but it’s perfectly normal for the paste to feel this way. So don’t be afraid of the ‘rock hard’ feeling because there are easy tricks to soften it.
It’s impossible to knead all of the kilo all at once that is why you need to cut of small pieces using a sharp knife and work these smaller pieces in to a nice and soft paste. Make sure the paste is on room temperature because the paste is much firmer when it’s cold. This can actually work in your advantage on really hot days because you can place your project in the fridge for 10 to 15 minutes to make it firmer.
When you have softened the paste you can colour it using any gel or dust food colour and use it straight away or store it in an airtight zip lock bag for later.
Cake Dutchess Paste colours beautifully because we use the natural colour of the sugar, so the colours also won’t fade.
Stress Free Modelling!
It’s designed so that it doesn’t stick to your fingers which I think is one of the best features of the paste because you can easily switch between different colours when working on a project.
Cake Dutchess Modelling Paste doesn’t require any CMC or Tylose because it will naturally stay in shape and because of the longer drying times you don’t have to stress about these cracks or elephant skin.
Last but not least it also smells and tastes delicious because we only want to put the best on our cakes right?