gumpaste, clay extruder, royal icing

by Tammie

I'm trying to get a better understanding of how to use gumpaste and royal icing.

Is gumpaste like fondant?

What kind of things can it be used for or would you even recommend it?

What is the exact recipe for royal icing and how do you decorate with it, etc?

What is a clay extruder? I've heard some people mention extruder and clay extruder on some cakes I've seen made.

Can you please give me a better understanding on these things and how they are used? Thank you sooooo much!!!

From the editor:

Hi Tammie,

Gumpaste is used when you want your decorations to set hard - flowers on a wedding cake for example. An additive called gum tragacanth is added to fondant to make this happen. You can buy gumpaste pre-made, which is the easiest way to use it.

Royal icing is used for attaching decorations or making details such as lacework and other delicate cake decorations. You can color it using paste or gel food colors, just the same way you would color buttercream. It's perfect for things like butterflies or other intricate designs. The recipe I use is:
1 egg white
about 2 cups powdered sugar
1 tsp strained lemon juice

*beat the egg white until frothy
*gradually beat in half the powdered sugar then add the lemon juice
*add more powdered sugar gradually until the mixture forms sift peaks when you lift the beater out if the bowl

A Clay Extruder Gun is like a cookie press, but used for clay making projects. You can buy them at any good craft store or on-line retailer. You attach different plates and press the fondant through the extruder. They're great for details like hair, grass and lots of things....your imagination is the only limit.

Looking forward to seeing more of your cakes, Don't forget to come back and share your ideas. The more we all share, the better we all get!

Michelle (editor)

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Aug 05, 2009
Clay Extruder
by: Trish - Poly Clay Play

I have lots of cake decorators purchase my clay extruder. You add clay, or in your case icing to the barrel, add the disc you want and twist out a "snake" design. The extruder I sell the most comes with 20 different discs... square, round, half circle and others. You can see it here:

If I can answer any questions, please send me a note. I am happy to answer.

May 27, 2009
Cake tools
by: cake links

Gum paste is also known as modelling paste (mexican modelling paste) or flower paste.
Mexican modelling paste is usually used for modelling things like bears, people etc. It is a firm setting icing, which has setting agents like gum tragacanth in it, but you have a bit of time to use it before it firms up.

Flower paste is again a hard setting paste, but unlike modelling paste you can roll it out very thinly to make thin petals, it sets very hard and because of this is often very brittle, hence why when you make flowers you normally have to make a lot of spares!

Clay guns or extruders are a great piece of kit for modelling with. you have to soften your sugapraste though, most booked recommend doing this by adding hot water to it and kneading it - making a very sticky mess, but it works well in the clay gun!

Royal Icing, is made with water, icing sugar (confectioners sugar) and egg white (albumen). We recommend that you use powdered egg white as it is pasteurised and therefore free from salmonella!
The recipe we use is as follows.
mix together DRY 455g of icing sugar with 15g of powdered egg white (albumen), once thoroughly mixed add 85g of water (yes weigh the water!), and beat (not whisk!) for 10-15 minutes on a medium setting.
Once mixed it should resemble the consistency of whipped cream! Store in an airtight container for up to 4 weeks --- out of the fridge --- the liquid may separate but you can re-beat it.
You use royal icing for piping, but you can use it for cake covering as long as you add at least 2 teaspoons of glycerine to the above recipe, glycerine naturally attracts moisture and this keeps the icing soft - which means you can cut the cake!!
Hope this helps

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