I am new to cake decorationg but have always wanted to get into it...Just need to know the basics really...
What is the best way to make flowers and figures? Fondant/Sugar paste? Is it best to buy ready made icing or to make it myself?!
Thank you for your help (:
Personally I prefer working with gumpaste to make flowers (the truth is that I don't know how to work with buttercream at all and am afraid to try). I have worked with fondant mixed with CMC powder (tylose) and with ready made gumpaste from Satin Ice and find that the ready made gumpaste is a little stronger than the fondant w.CMC, less breakage of thin petals. But you will have to try for yourself and see what works best for you.
Karen Marie, thanks for enouraging me to try out working with buttercream, I certainly will do that as soon as I have a little time. I just have to force myself to make some time to learn to work with buttercream. I usually only find the time for things like that when I have a project going. I am sure I will learn with the help of some of the ebooks I found online and YouTube tutorials. That's how I learned making flowers and figure modeling (I only started in April this year).
However, I have one question. You mentioned vegetable shortening for practice buttercream. Does margarine count as vegetable shortening? It is the only solid fat (except for butter) availble in my country (due to Kosher restrictions).
Dorit is "Wessen vegetable shortening" not one of the brand names in Israel?
You could also ask any restaurant in your area where you can buy white vegetable shortening, I think!