Is it Sugarcraft or Cake Decorating? That is just the start of the problem!!!
I've noticed that there seems to be many names for the same product, which makes things quite confusing for a beginner like me. So I'm going to attempt in this post (and will update as I learn more) to clarify things. If you know of a product to add to this list, please post a comment or if I've made a mistake, which wouldn't be surprising, then let me know. Thanks.
The one thing I would say, is that some products contain gelatin (so if you are veggie watch out and try different makes)
Clearly, as so many of the pastes do simlar jobs, it's going to be down to a matter of personal taste which ones to use. In my class we use Regallice to cover cakes, flower paste for the sugarcraft flowers and mexican paste, when we need something to be stronger and dry rock solid.
1. Rolled Fondant/ Sugar Paste/ Regallice - all the same product. You can make your own or buy ready made - widely available in Supermarkets
2. Flower Paste/ Petal Paste/ Gum Paste - from specialist cake decorator shops
- This rolls out very thinly to help create very realistic flowers, dries hard. Can keep for a very long time.
- Dries rock solid, used for the snowflakes I made, also plaques etc. Quite rufty-tufty! (Doesn't break too easily)
- Dries hard (can be used instead of Mexican Paste)
- Dries extremely hard, not affected my heat and moisture the way other pastes are.
There are recipes for all of the above pastes in various books and on the net. Some may be easier to recreate than others.