Cake Life Loves…Home-Made Flower Paste

Homemade flowerpaste

Michelle Pattinson of VS Cakes has shared her home-made recipe for flower paste/gumpaste with Cake Life readers!

“I love making sugarflowers and am often asked which flower paste/ gumpaste do I use. My go-to brand for fine sugar flowers is Antique White Platinum Paste available from Sugar City.  This costs £7.50 for 350g so can work out a little expensive when practising and making flowers for display cakes.

Sugar City Platinum Paste

I have seen recipes in books and on-line for making your own flower paste/gumpaste but have always been too scared to make them.  I then attended a course with Maggie Austin – the first thing Maggie taught us was how to make our own flower paste/gumpaste.

I have had to tweak that recipe slightly for use in the UK as we can’t get Confectionary Arts International Tylose power over here. (Pic 2 CCAI Tylose powder)

Daft as it sounds, the different tylose powder does make a difference….  Here is the recipe I use:

382g Icing Sugar (I prefer Silver Spoon)
75g Egg White
17g Tylo Powder (Rainbow Dust)
12g Crisco

Method:
Mix together the icing sugar and egg whites in the bowl of a stand mixer fitted with a paddle attachment.  Use a medium speed and mix for a couple of minutes until combined and the mixture is shiny and smooth.
Scrape the sides of the bowl with a spatula.

Add the tylo power and mix on a low speed until combined.  This doesn’t take long.  Increase the mixed speed to medium as whizz the mixture for 15 – 20 seconds.
Remove the gumpaste from the mixing bowl onto a work board that has been lightly greased with a little of the crisco.
Knead in the rest of the Crisco.

It’s as simple as that!
Store in a ziplock bag or an airtight plastic tub.

 

 

 

 

 

This home made flower paste/gumpaste is really stretchy which also makes it great for ruffles etc.  If you find it too stretch my top tip is to mix a batch of the homemade gumpaste with a 750g tub of Platinum paste.  For me, this is the perfect consistency.   The flowers in the main picture have been created using this mix of home-made flower paste/ gumpaste and platinum paste.  I now find this mix works best for me.

All I can say is experiment to find out what works best for you and have a go at making your own flower paste/gumpaste, you can try one of our regular contributor’s tutorials by Janet Berry

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