This product has allowed our flowers to be extra delicate. Ok maybe what I am saying is not news to a lot of people anymore but it still sure is deserving to be appreciated.
Back then whenever we need to make flowers for cakes, we use our good ol’ thumb and pointfinger to pinch those petals. Easy enough once you get the hang of it but is becomes a pain when you make at least 30 pcs of those 8-petal roses, not to mention the different sizes!
We use the confectioner’s sugar+glucose+glycerine+eggwhite mixture and the flowers turn out nicely enough. The mixture seems to be grainy though but at the time we weren’t that conscious about it. Then we started dusting the dough with cornstarch and it started getting quite smoother so we kept it.
Using the tools for modelling fondant and paste made the work even easier with more uniform output. but we still found ourselves getting some rough textures on our output.
so we came in contact with a tub named GumTex. we figure, why not try it and so we did.
Result is way better that our previous flowers and we were able to make even bigger ones this time. Setting and firming up of the petals became faster too.
the only setback is the unusual smell the powder mix has during kneading and the color it tints the paste. the base dough is colored off-white but it fades and lightens as you continue to knead. Once you follow the instructions to the letter, you get highly pliable dough.
so I would recommend use of the powder if you want the smoother results but if you are rather squirmish about the additional chemical into the icing…I guess we’ll have to research what it is actually made of but definitely the item is safe for consumption…it is made for icing in the first place! so I guess you can experiment on shapes and styles easier with this and the paste is more forgiving when you shape it.