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September 08, 2006



Beautiful cakes!!


Thanks, Jeff. Someday soon I'm going to post the one I made for my Nannie's 90th birthday but I wanted to show it off all by itself. I did gumpaste flowers of all the flowers in her garden. It was so fun.


I'm so happy that you're going to (possibly) show us more about the whole gumpaste process. I've never done anything like that, so I would love to see what you can do. The cakes are beautiful!!!


I adore buying new kitchen toys!!!


I loved the decorating classes we took in culinary school, they were so fun. In our last one I did a whole cake covered in gum paste flowers. LOTS of work, but did it ever elicit ooooh's and aaaah's. Your cakes are terrific, and it is definitely an art.


I have no idea all these gumpaste or sugarpaste things, I just see your cakes ... a work of art! Bravo!


yeah - what is gum paste and why is it so fantastic? I am pretty ignorant when it comes to high end cake decorating...for me a little powdered sugar goes a long way...


Okay, first sugarpaste is a powdered sugar based edible--basically--caked decorating clay like fondant I'm not going for a technical definition, more of a usable definition. It has a couple of extra ingredients that make the texture a little finer. A lot of people substitute fondant. You can mold extremely lifelike flowers out of it so it's really fun to create with. Most of the flowers you see on competition shows on the Food Network, or in magazines from Sylvia Weinstock or Collette Peters are sugarpaste. It's just a completely different technique. The flowers are molded and dried, rather than being piped with frosting, and since there are no degradable produts in them they last for months if stored properly.

And thanks for the compliments, everyone. I'll post some more cake pics over the next couple of weeks. I did okay, but I'd really like to step up my skills. And of course I'll post lots of step by step pics as I get back into actually doing working with it.

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