I made a couple calla lillies yesterday around 6p.m and at 10:20p.m today the centres are still not dried...and somehow i get the impression that they won't dry anytime soon...lol...I'm now thinking that i may have used too much shortening when working the paste. could i be right? the petals are nice and dry...looking lovely...i will be making the lillies for the wedding cake tomorrow and would love to get an idea of what i may have done wrong...
I too use shortening when working with gumpaste...but only to lightly grease my hands and any surface I may be rolling it out on..I usually don't work it into the gumpaste itself...I find shortening easier...some people use cornflour or cornstarch or powdered sugar for rolling...if the gumpaste starts to dry out I usually pop it in the microwave for a few seconds to soften it.
I agree with Sherry. Sometimes you do need to apply some shortening on yur hands when the gumpaste gets a bit dry.
Try again. Best of luck.