Cake Decorating – Top Tips #4

Make your own Modelling Paste

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This will save you a fortune.  Using a modelling paste for most cake decorations, flowers and bits and pieces is much much easier than using sugarpaste (fondant).  It dries out quicker so will hold the shape you want it to with ease.  You can also roll it much thinner than sugarpaste making decorations look much more refined.  The downside is it’s expensive 🙁

Make your own instead by adding 1 teaspoon of Tylo powder to 500g sugarpaste and knead well.

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Wrap it well in clingfilm and allow it to develop overnight before using.

500g of modelling paste, ready to go, without the expensive price tag.

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Ruth Clemens, Baker Extraordinaire

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8 Responses to Cake Decorating – Top Tips #4

  1. uju arinze says:

    In Nigeria most bakers don’t buy gumpaste,we make our own with your method and numerous other method like making a royal icing and adding the tylose powder with shortening.Mix together and knead until it becomes pliable.

  2. Rosie MacLeod says:

    Thanks. I got the Tylo ages ago but wasn’t sure of how much to use.

  3. Cynthia Veenstra says:

    Thanks for the tip! I always use too much I think. At least now I can measure how much I would need for 250gr, 125gr, etc.

  4. Tracey says:

    Great tips,Ruth! Thanks! I´m still quite a novice when it comes to cake decorating so these tips will come in handy!

  5. kels says:

    What about CMC? is this any good as you can use it straight away without having to wait overnight? Wooudl be interested in your opinion as i have been using cmc and don’t think i add enough as my models snap when drying and then moving them onto the cake 🙁
    Please help.
    Thanks x

    • I found CMC the same when I was using it, not quite as strong as the results I get with Tylo – I know a lot of decorators use it though because of the time factor. Although the tylo mean planning ahead there’s no right or wrong way, just what works best for you! x

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