Shana and I took a short course in decorating cakes with gum paste flowers and sculptures this week. I'm not much of a one for baking cakes and for this class we were actually supplied with a quite tasty cake by the instructor. I'm always interested in new ways to decorate cookies and gum paste offers interesting options that royal icing doesn't. Penny, the instructor, also demystified fondant and offered up her recipe for a fondant that tastes as nice as it looks!
molds, you can texturize it, it can be extruded and sculpted. It has all kinds of possibilities.
Petal Dust, a powder that adds tint and shine, and colored in the hair with a brown Petal Dust. I barely touched the baby's lips with a hint of red gel coloring mixed with lemon juice and applied with a fine-tipped artist's brush. Then I made a butterfly, painted it and attached it to the baby for wings and made a little hat out of green tinted gum paste cut with a flower cutter. The little bunny was made just like we used to when we were kids playing with clay: a couple of egg shapes for the body and head, little round balls for the paws and a white ball for the tail. ears were flattened banana shapes lined with a bit of pink tinted paste and the eyes were touched on with black gel food coloring. It was left to dry and then touched up with Luster Dust. Little bits of leftover brown were turned into pine cones and acorns.
Michael's craft supply stores as well.