Mexican Paste

Mexican Paste is a soft fondant type paste ideal for cutting out shapes and modelling. It is better than fondant or flower paste in that it does not stretch or lose it’s shape when transferring the cut out shapes to the drying board. This makes it excellent for making plaques and also for using with patchwork cutters.

It is very easy to make as it is basically icing with Gum Tragacanth. Patchwork powder is commercially available, but it is so easy and much cheaper to make your own.  Gum Tragacanth is the ingredient which makes the paste dry very hard and stops it stretching when handling the freshly cut shapes.  CMC is  a Gum Tragacanth alternative by ‘Sugarcel’ and is ideal for vegetarians.  CMC can be used in exactly the same quantities as Gum Tragacanth.

Recipe

8 oz (226 grams) Sifted Icing Sugar
3 x 5ml teaspoons Gum Tragacanth (or CMC)
6 x 5ml teaspoons Cold Water

To Make

Stir the gum Tragacanth (or CMC) into the sifted icing sugar and add the cold water. Stir well until most of the icing sugar is incorporated. At this point it is best to just get your hands in and keep kneading until you have one lump of icing. Once you have reached this point, keep kneading until you have a smooth ball of Mexican Paste. It does take a little time and may seem impossible to incorporate all the dry icing sugar, but do not despair and do not be tempted to add more water as it will eventually become smooth.

Wrap the Mexican paste up in cling film and seal in an air tight bag for 24 hours.

To Use

Lighly oil a clean surface and take the Mexican paste (which will have become very firm) and knead until soft again. Cut a piece off and reseal the remaining. Roll out the paste on the oiled surface until it is very thin.

At this point you can use any shape cutter you wish to create the required shapes. Lightly oil the cutters before use as this makes it easier to release the shape and also creates a smoother edge. Place the cut out shapes onto a clean board to harden in a dry room.

Once dry they can be coloured either by spraying, painting with food colour or dusting with petal dust mixed with a little cornflour.

Mexican past shapes can be kept for weeks in a cardboard box (an old chocolate box is ideal) in a dry room.  Do not store the shapes in a sealed container as they will become soft.

Unused Mexican Paste will keep in the freezer for up to 12 months provided it is double sealed and airtight.

Share This


Posted by: Sheila | 11-10-2008 | 09:11 PM
Posted in: Cake Decorating | Tutorials

Advertisement

90 Comments »

  1. Thanks for this – really simple and helpful.

    How long will the Mexican paste keep for?

    Comment by Alison — 27 November, 2009 @ 11:04 am
  2. Mexican paste will keep for up to a month in an airtight bag in a sealed container. Alternatively it keeps up to a year in the freezer provided it is airtight and double wrapped.

    Comment by Sheila — 30 November, 2009 @ 10:50 pm
  3. Thanks alot it is very nice, helpful and easy.

    Comment by Maha — 30 March, 2010 @ 3:11 pm
  4. hi. i like the look of this recipe. i see other recipes for mexican paste that contain glucose and yours dont. what is the difference? your help would be appreciated

    Comment by Tee — 5 October, 2010 @ 8:38 pm
  5. Glucose makes the paste stretchy. This is important when using it to mould flower petals. However when cutting out shapes with mexican paste cutters I do not want the shape to stretch when you lift it, so I leave the glucose out.

    Comment by Sheila — 6 October, 2010 @ 8:31 pm
  6. Hi I have made this paste but found that it sticks to the board so when I try to peel it away from the cutter it wont peelaway clean and it just breaks up what have i done wrong.

    Comment by suzanne — 8 December, 2010 @ 1:03 pm
  7. It is necessary to oil the board and cutters well with oil. Sunflower oil is good as it is light and does not discolour or flavour. Use a pastry brush to lightly oil your board and also the cutter. This is especially important for shapes such as arms and legs which can be difficult to release. Ensure you have kneaded the paste well, it does take quite a while to get it completely smooth, then wrap it up in cling film and seal it in a bag for 24 hours before trying to use it.

    Comment by Sheila — 8 December, 2010 @ 9:14 pm
  8. Nice of you to give your recipe for Mexican Paste, but I don’t understand these measurements:

    3 x 5ml teaspoons Gum Tragacanth
    6 x 5ml teaspoons Cold Water

    The letter “x” generally means “times”, as in “2 x 3 = 6″.
    Therefore the “3 x 5ml” and “6 x 5ml” makes no sense to me.
    Could someone please explain it?

    Thanks.
    Andrea daVinci Braun

    Comment by Andrea daVinci Braun — 24 January, 2011 @ 6:54 am
  9. Taking 3 x 5 ml teaspoons as an example
    A teaspoon holds approximately 5 ml, therefore you require 3 teaspoons or 15 ml (3 x 5)

    Comment by Sheila — 15 February, 2011 @ 5:54 pm
  10. Can I mix fondant and Mexican paste to cover a cake

    Comment by Gloria — 21 February, 2011 @ 10:59 pm
  11. Mexican paste has Gum Tragacanth in it to make it harden. This is not present in fondant and is not desirable as you want the cake to be covered in a soft fondant and not one that will crack and break up when cut. Also if you try to mix Mexican paste into fondant, it will be very difficult to ensure it is mixed evenly and you could end up with some hard spots and some soft spots.

    Comment by Sheila — 21 February, 2011 @ 11:10 pm
  12. When I’ve used Mexican Paste to make decorations for the top of cakes I’ve found it cracks really easily. Can anyone suggest what I can do to stop this?

    The recipe I use

    255g Icing sugar
    1 tbsp Gum Tragacanth
    1 tsp Liquid Glucose
    8 tsp cold water

    Comment by Charlotte — 25 March, 2011 @ 11:05 pm
  13. I just now saw your explanation, Sheila. Thank you so much.
    It’s clearer now. Still don’t understand the reasoning behind the concept, but do understand now what it means.

    Again, thank you.
    Andrea daVinci Braun

    Comment by Andrea daVinci Braun — 27 March, 2011 @ 5:34 pm
  14. @charlotte
    looking at your recipe, it may be that the liquid glucose is making it soft. Liquid glucose is used to make paste stretchy ie for making flower petals, but this is not desirable for Mexican paste. I also think you may be using too much water. 6 teaspoons of water is sufficient for your recipe. It does take quite a while to incorporate all the dry ingredients but eventually you will have a ball of paste. After this stage, kneed for a further few minutes to ensure a really soft and smooth paste. Wrap in cling film and leave it overnight to fully develop before using.

    Comment by Sheila — 25 April, 2011 @ 11:04 pm
  15. How long does mexican paste usually take to go hard?
    Thankyou x

    Comment by Mrs J — 7 May, 2011 @ 10:54 am
  16. @ Mrs J – I usually leave any shapes I have made from mexican paste overnight in a dry room (do not seal in an airtight container). The next day they will be hard and ready to paint/assemble.

    Comment by Sheila — 7 May, 2011 @ 8:51 pm
  17. A-ha!! Thats where ive gone wrong, I put them in an air tight container.! Problem averted, thankyou very much!
    Thankyou so much x

    Comment by Mrs J — 8 May, 2011 @ 8:15 am
  18. Hi can I just ask can I add food colouring paste into this to have a coloured version? If so what do I take out (water I’m assuming) and any guide on amounts? It’s a food colouring gel paste I will be using.

    Comment by Laura — 7 June, 2011 @ 12:14 pm
  19. @Laura. You certainly can add food colouring to the Mexican Paste. Provided you are using colouring paste, there is no need to add less water as the amount of colouring involved is not significant. The only difference will be that the colours will be more subtle. Vibrant colours will need to be painted onto the dried shapes.

    Comment by Sheila — 7 June, 2011 @ 7:55 pm
  20. Am I able to make people out ov Mexican paste, if so will I av to support it wiv a dowle to make it stand up?

    Comment by Cheryl j — 10 June, 2011 @ 8:04 am
  21. Hi, Thank you for this recipe for mexican paste, can anybody explain the difference between mexican paste and sugar dough as I’m a little confused? I want to cover a cake and model figures to sit/stand on top – please can you advise what I should use?
    Thank you

    Comment by Jo — 11 June, 2011 @ 2:49 pm
  22. @Jo. Mexican paste dries rock hard but does not contain any of the items that make it stretchy. This means it is ideal for cutting out shapes. Sugar dough is best for making models as it is easy to shape, dries quickly on the outside but stays soft inside making it edible.

    Comment by Sheila — 12 June, 2011 @ 8:28 pm
  23. @cheryl. Mexican paste is not an ideal product to make models out of. It is not stretchy and is mainly used for cutting out thin shapes and small items for models such as belts and buckles as they keep their shape better. I make most of my models out of coloured fondant but if you want larger models, you can purchase ready made sugar dough which is ideal for making people. You should not need to support them as they dry quite quickly.

    Comment by Sheila — 12 June, 2011 @ 8:39 pm
  24. I need to make pillars that will support a cake on top ov it, as I cnt seem to be able to buy them anywhere, u got any suggestions to wot is best for me todo? X

    Comment by Cheryl j — 13 June, 2011 @ 4:50 pm
  25. @Cheryl – Most cake decorating shops sell a wide variety of cake pillars, but if you
    really can’t find what you want, making your own is an option. Cakes do
    not actually sit on the pillars, but are supported by dowels in the cake
    that go right through the pillar with the pillar just sitting neatly
    between the two tiers.

    You can buy white plastic dowels or make your own from 6.5 mm wooden
    dowelling (sanitise them before inserting in the cake).
    I suggest you make your pillars out of sugar dough, making sure each one
    is exactly the same height and while they are wet make a hole through the
    centre of each one that the dowel will fit through.

    Once you have decorated your cake, mark on the bottom tier where you want
    the pillars to sit. When you have them lined up, insert a skewer through
    the centre of each one and press gently into the top of the cake to make a
    small hole in the icing.

    Measure and cut your dowels so that they are the depth of the decorated
    cake, plus the height of the pillar plus 2mm extra. Push the dowels into
    the cake, making sure you push them down straight and not at an angle (I
    get someone to watch me at this point to make sure they are straight).
    Place your pillars onto the dowels – the dowels should stick up by the
    2mm. When all dowels and pillars are in place, gently place the second
    tier on top. The top tier will appear to be sitting on the pillars, but
    in fact will be resting on the dowels. Repeat with the next layer if
    necessary.

    Comment by Sheila — 13 June, 2011 @ 8:20 pm
  26. Hi me again, thanks for the above info, another question once made how long can you keep the letters for? I did a practice run this week for a cake I’m making end of next week and it worked so well I was wondering if it would be ok to keep them and if so how best to store them?

    Comment by Laura — 16 June, 2011 @ 12:58 pm
  27. @Laura I’m glad that the letters came out well. You certainly can use the ones
    you have made for the cake you are making next week. The letters will
    keep weeks in a dry place. I suggest a cardboard box or a plastic box
    with some kitchen roll taped over the top. Do not put them in an air
    tight container.

    Comment by Sheila — 16 June, 2011 @ 9:12 pm
  28. Can you tell me what you would use to fix items made out of mexican paste together with. I have made a garden gazebo but now not sure how best to assemble.

    Comment by Rachel — 14 July, 2011 @ 6:27 pm
  29. @Rachel. Edible Glue is the best thing to fix your Mexican paste items as it is clear and dries without marking the icing. You will need to ‘glue’ the pieces one at a time, letting each one dry before adding the next. Sponges can be used to safely support your Gazebo as you assemble it. Squires Kitchen sell a 20 ml bottle of Edible Glue for approx £2.25. Edible glue is available from most cake decorating shops and on-line cake decorating suppliers through e-bay.

    Comment by Sheila — 14 July, 2011 @ 9:39 pm
  30. Hi there, Could I use CMC (Gum Tragacanth substitute) at all? I have bought it in bulk. I have found that using the same quantities as gum tragacanth previously used, the mixture went too dry and crumbly so I had to add some more fondant to make it right again. thanks a lot.

    Comment by Suzanna Heath — 9 August, 2011 @ 9:19 am
  31. @Suzanna – CMC can certainly be used in the same way as Gum Tragacanth. It may be that your fondant was slightly drier this time which is why it became crumbly. I would suggest only making a small amount at a time (a ball the size of a small satsuma) and adding just a pinch of CMC. Kneed well and leave in a sealed bag to allow the CMC to become absorbed into the fondant.

    Comment by Sheila — 9 August, 2011 @ 10:49 pm
  32. Thanks for that. Could I use the CMC to make Mexican paste? and would it be in the same quantities as the Gum Tragacanth?

    Comment by Suzanna Heath — 10 August, 2011 @ 8:39 am
  33. @Suzanne – CMC can certainly be used to make Mexican paste. I would use the same quantities as stipulated in my recipe. It does take a long time to mix all the powder in so do not rush into adding more water.

    Comment by Sheila — 10 August, 2011 @ 8:34 pm
  34. Thanks very much for your time, I will have a go tomorrow, can’t wait!! :-)

    Comment by Suzanna Heath — 10 August, 2011 @ 8:43 pm
  35. Hi there, I have now attempted this recipe for Mexican paste(using CMC instead of Gum Tragacanth). I kneaded it for about 45 minutes and resisted the temptation to addmore water as per your advice on here, and it still was crumbly like breadcrumbs. I thought, maybe it will solidify overnight, so I pu it in a plastic bag and wrapped it up tight in a plastic container and this morning, it is still like breadcrumbs. Is there any hope for it, or should I throw it away and try with the real thing, Gum Trag? any advice would be gratefully received. thanks a lot.

    Comment by Suzanna Heath — 15 August, 2011 @ 11:41 am
  36. @Suzanna – So sorry to hear you are having problems making Mexican Paste. There is no doubt you kneaded it sufficiently, but before you give up, I suggest you do try to add a little more water, but only a drop or two at a time. If it looks like breadcrumbs then it is definitely too dry. Once you have a ball (albeit a bit dry and cracking easily) then you can start to knead to get it smooth. I It could be that the hot weather is having an effect as I must admit that I make a batch in December ready to decorate my Christmas cakes then freeze the rest for projects throughout the year.

    Comment by Sheila — 15 August, 2011 @ 10:48 pm
  37. Hi. Can Mexican paste be rolled out and then cut into shape after it goes hard? I’ve seen some sort of icing being used like this on baking shows.. Is this what they’re using? Thanks.

    Comment by Una — 10 September, 2011 @ 4:39 pm
  38. @Una Mexican paste cannot be cut into shapes once it goes hard as it will just break. The beauty of Mexican paste is that it can be rolled very thinly and will keep it shape while being handled. Once dry it will remain very hard unless kept in a damp environment. I am sorry but I cannot think what you may have seen on the cooking programme.

    Comment by Sheila — 13 September, 2011 @ 9:15 pm
  39. Thanks for the tips, I found mexican paste really expensive to buy, so I’m sooo glad I came across this recipe (it hadn’t even occurred to me that I could make it!) I’m going to give it a go this week, will let you know how I get on! :) xx

    Comment by Kayleigh — 5 February, 2012 @ 5:44 pm
  40. Hi,
    Thank you for sharing. Im making tiny shoes at the moment and ive made this mexican paste. It is absolutely perfect for the sole of the shoes! But i find that it hardens and breaks/cracks so quickly. I don’t even have enough time to shape the other parts of my shoes.
    Have i done something wrong? or Mexican paste do harden and breaks/cracks easily? I followed the ingredients and instructions. Wrapped it in cling film and left it in an airtight container for 24 hours. It is smooth and when kneading it’s perfect consistency.
    hope you can help…thank you..

    Comment by ivy — 1 March, 2012 @ 12:31 pm
  41. @ivjenkins – Are you keeping the remainder of the paste covered while you work on each piece? Mexican paste dries out very quickly and I only take as much as I need for each shape and keep the rest in cling film until I need it.

    Comment by Sheila — 3 April, 2012 @ 9:10 pm
  42. Hi, Is the mexican paste edible? or is it something you make decorations out of and remove before eating? I have a communion cake to do and was going to make the beads/pearls out of mexican paste as it sets hard but don’t want to break anyones teeth! Thanks.

    Comment by alison — 11 April, 2012 @ 4:58 pm
  43. @Alison Mexican paste is edible, but I would not recommend eating lots of it, especially if it is highly coloured. It will not break a tooth, but is not that wonderful to eat either.

    Comment by Sheila — 11 April, 2012 @ 6:38 pm
  44. Thanks for your advice. Do you recommend I make the beads out of something else? perhaps just sugarpaste? It’s just I bought a bead maker tool and it said to use mexican paste.

    Comment by alison — 12 April, 2012 @ 9:29 am
  45. @alison – I think that you should make the beads out of Mexican Paste as this is the best medium for your bead maker and the easiest to use. It will also give a better finish. Experience has shown that most people do not eat the decorations and those that do, taste a small amount first to see if they like them. Even if they do eat the ‘beads’, they will not be consuming large enough quantities to worry about.

    Comment by Sheila — 12 April, 2012 @ 4:29 pm
  46. Thank you so much, It’s great to be able to get some decent advice. :)

    Comment by alison — 13 April, 2012 @ 3:31 pm
  47. Thank you for all this advise, I am so delighted. I have been advised to use Mexican paste to make a bike topper for a cake, have you any advice (-: I usually use modelling paste for toppers, but I see that Mexican paste won’t be stretchy, so it will be ideal for tyres etc!!

    Comment by Ger — 20 May, 2012 @ 4:50 pm
  48. Thank you so much for all this advice on the Mexican paste. I usually use modelling paste for my cake toppers, but I have been asked to make a bicycle and someone suggested Mexican paste. I see from your pervious advice that it isn’t stretchy so should be ideal, would you have any other advice for me re the bike (-:

    Thanks again
    Ger

    Comment by Ger — 20 May, 2012 @ 4:54 pm
  49. @Ger – I think Mexican paste will be ideal for this project. The paste is not stretchy which means the cut out pieces keep their shape while you move them to a drying board. I do not know it you are making a flat bike or a 3D model but when making flat models I use edible glue to stick the pieces to the cake. Mexican paste is also good at creating a decoupage effect. For example cut out twice as many wheels, saddles and handlebars and once dry and painted, glue one piece on top of another to give greater depth to your model.

    Comment by Sheila — 20 May, 2012 @ 10:18 pm
  50. wonderful forum by the way!
    I’ve made some MMP using the qtes above(admittedly I added glucose) but found it almost impossible to roll out thinly. It took me about 20 minutes just to break it down to the point where I could get it through the first setting on a pasta machine which I then used to get it really thin. I made it last night, kept it in a bag within an airtight container. I formed it into a ball shape and started rolling but I found it was cracking around the edges as I rolled and these cracks only deepened the more I rolled. I want to make plaques out of it (6″ sq) but I could barely get it to go to 5″.Any ideas?!! many thanks!

    Comment by lyndsay sadler — 21 May, 2012 @ 6:40 am
  51. Oh thank you Sheila, I am going to try a 3D effect, I’m not too bad at the toppers, but this is my first bike, if it isn’t a success, I will try the decoupage effect, and must remember that for future reference, Many thanks again, am just rolling out the paste :)
    Ger

    Comment by Ger — 21 May, 2012 @ 2:24 pm
  52. @Lindsay I am not sure why you added glucose as this will prevent the Mexican Paste drying out properly and will keep it soft. When making the Paste it is best to use a 5 ml measure (a medicine spoon will do) to ensure you get the correct 6 x teaspoons of water you require. After you have mixed all the ingredients together it is important to knead it thoroughly until you have a soft smooth ball before putting into a bag in an airtight container for the night (I usually watch a TV programme whilst kneading it). The next day, knead it thoroughly again until it is once more soft and smooth. At this point it should be very easy to roll out using a rolling pin and not have to resort to a pasta maker.

    Comment by Sheila — 23 May, 2012 @ 9:48 pm
  53. Hi Sheila

    I’m planning to use cream-coloured sugar paste to ice my daughter’s wedding cake and want to attach some fans around the side, made out of your Mexican Paste recipe. How would I make the Mexican Paste cream-coloured instead of white? Also, would edible glue be the best way to attach the fans?
    Thanks for the recipe and the above useful tips.

    Comment by Maureen Wood — 15 June, 2012 @ 11:02 pm
  54. @Maureen. You can colour the Mexican paste once you have made it and before leaving it overnight. Use the paste colours as these are very vivid and you do not add extra liquid. Alternatively you could paint them once you have made the fans and they are dry. Edible glue is a good at gluing Mexican paste pieces and does not discolour them. However, depending on the size of the fans you may have problems with them sliding down the side of the cake before the glue is dry. In such cases I have used a small blob of Royal Icing. Make sure the icing is very firm but still able to be piped. Put some in a piping bag with a ‘writing nozzle’ and pipe small blobs on the cake where you want to set the fans and then gently push the fans onto the icing.

    Comment by Sheila — 16 June, 2012 @ 1:34 pm
  55. Such detailed info and helpful answers. Just trying to decorate my 1st cake. thanks

    Comment by cher — 6 August, 2012 @ 8:20 am
  56. Thank you so much for sharing ths information. I’ve just bought some Tappits letters & saw I needed to use Mexican paste. Made this yesterday & did the letters this afternoon.It is so easy, quick & cheap to make. I had no trouble with the letters sticking or breaking. I’m going to try freezing the left over paste to use later.

    Once agin a huge thank you.

    Comment by Roberta Taylor — 9 August, 2012 @ 11:11 pm
  57. @Roberta Glad you found the article useful. I have successfully frozen the remaining paste many times.

    Comment by Sheila — 16 August, 2012 @ 9:26 pm
  58. I am excited to try this Mexican Paste, but I do not have any gum tragacanth. I have super gum can I use this and how much should I use. Can’t seem to find this gum tragacanth in Jamaica.

    Comment by Rosie — 1 October, 2012 @ 9:21 pm
  59. @Rosie. Super Gum is he same as Gum Tragacanth and can be used in the same proportions.

    Comment by Sheila — 7 October, 2012 @ 4:50 pm
  60. Hi thank you for all that you have already shared this is great stuff and have learnt a lot from your site. Was wondering if i could use Tylopur (cellogen) instead of Tragacanth for the mexican paste or are they totally different things.

    Comment by Rachel — 26 November, 2012 @ 7:08 pm
  61. @Rachel. Tylopur (cellogen) is the same as Tragacanth, it is just the trade names that differ.

    Comment by Sheila — 26 November, 2012 @ 9:41 pm
  62. Hi there, pleeeze help!! i want to make a figure about 6 inches high. I have mixed CMC powder directly to the sugarpaste and coloured it up and used it instantly but it wont set and it stays semi soft. It failed and when i picked the model up the legs slowly cracked and fell off. I then mixed ready made shop bought flower paste with sugar paste and the same has happened.Is the combinations inadequate or the figures legs too heavy/bulky? sorry, i am a bit sketchy. Shall i use pure flower paste and also pure mexican paste to do this figure. Im desperate and need it in two weeks for a cake. Thankyou.

    Comment by Jackie — 27 November, 2012 @ 8:47 pm
  63. @Jackie. There are a couple of issues here. One is that sugar-paste is not designed to set rock hard so adding CMC will make if firmer but not enough to make a large figure. You do not say whether this figure is 2D or 3D. If it is 2D then Mexican paste is best as this is designed for larger models whereas sugar-paste is very brittle and better for small delicate items such as flowers. If the figure is 3D then sugar-paste is best with the CMC mixed in it. The second issue is that you need to leave this mixture overnight in the same way as you would flower-paste and Mexican paste. You will also need to leave a large figure at least 3 days, uncovered and in a warm room, before lifting it to ensure it is completely dried out. I place my figures on a board dusted with cornflour and just slide them gently each day to stop them sticking as they dry. I use a net cake cover to stop them getting dusty.

    Comment by Sheila — 27 November, 2012 @ 10:04 pm
  64. Thankyou for your feed back and so prompt too! !My figure is 3D and should be sitting with one leg crossed over the other at the knee with a guitar across it and the arms will be placed appearing to be holding the guitar. I think i will mix in the gum powder ingredient CMC?, Trag?, or Tylo? into the fondant and leave it overnight to see what happens. I will also make a guitar out of pure flower paste? or try out your recipe for mexican paste? Will i need spaghetti to hold any body parts intact other than one running through its body down through its head?! Also do you think there are any benefits to painting it with gel colours when its dry rather than adding it directly?
    I appreciate your patience!!

    Comment by Jackie — 27 November, 2012 @ 11:34 pm
  65. @Jackie. I think what you propose is sound. I do not think you will need to hold any other body parts intact but you could use edible glue to ensure everything stays in place. I would definately paint the figure with gel colours once it is dry. You get much sharper colours and also the colouring, (especially dark ones) affect the texture of the fondant/paste.

    Comment by Sheila — 28 November, 2012 @ 9:09 am
  66. Oh thanks, Ok im gonna go for it and start asap! I will let you know if i succeed or even send an image if the results are acceptable!? Thanks again, its so nice to get support as i am struggling to get advice. Thanks again

    Comment by Jackie — 28 November, 2012 @ 5:14 pm
  67. @Jackie. I would love to see an image of your finished project.

    Comment by Sheila — 29 November, 2012 @ 11:14 pm
  68. Hi Sheila, I am so glad I found your site. Reading about the Mexican Paste here has been so helpful. Thank you. I just have a couple of questions that I hope you can help me with. 1) can you apply Mexican paste to a buttercream covered cake? If so, 2) is it better to apply it before you transport or after. I want to hang lace (made with MP & mold) from the cake. (I know if I make the lace first and cover it with plastic and air tight contianer it will stay soft until I can apply it.)
    Thanks ever so much
    Del

    Comment by Del — 7 December, 2012 @ 1:37 pm
  69. Mexican Paste will go soft if applied directly to butter-cream and if it is a large piece will ‘wilt’. If the cake is going to be displayed and used within a couple of hours of decorating it, then you will be able to get away with placing it directly onto butter-cream otherwise you will need some sort of barrier between them.

    Comment by Sheila — 7 December, 2012 @ 9:19 pm
  70. Sheila, Thank you for that info. Do you think if I put ribbon ans a barrier it would work?
    Thanks again
    Del

    Comment by Del — 8 December, 2012 @ 3:44 pm
  71. I think a ribbon barrier would work very nicely. The only other problem you may have is if you try to store the finished cake in a sealed container as the moisture from the buttercream would soften the Mexican Paste. I always store my finished cakes in cardboard cake boxes, this keeps them clean but also allows the air in. The cakes will not dry out if they are completely covered in buttercream or icing.

    Comment by Sheila — 8 December, 2012 @ 11:01 pm
  72. Hi there again and a happy new year to you!! I asked you a short while ago about making a figure with sugarpaste and adding some of the “gums” to strengthen it? I put CMC in one batch of my sugarpaste and Gum trag in another and left them overnight in sealed air tight bags. I then coloured the legs and body using a small amount of dry petal powder. The Trag seemed easier to work with and i got a nice even colour by adding a small amount of petal powder to get a nice pale shade. I have never used this before but i really liked it. I also made your mexican paste recipe and successfuly made a guitar using a patchwork cutter. I added paprika gel food colour to make the face and hands. I was really pleased and for me, I realised that it is better to prepare my sugarpaste with Trag or CMC the night before and then colour it up after. I took photos but dont know how to download them to you as i was so excited and i was hoping to show you my first attempt of a figure!! Thanks anyway and im sure i will be in touch again for advice about my other projects. Regards Jackie

    Comment by Jackie — 6 January, 2013 @ 12:11 am
  73. @Jackie. Hi, I would love to see the pictures. Please e-mail them to share@cakefrills.co.uk. With your permission I would like to display them in a visitors gallery for others to see.

    Comment by Sheila — 6 January, 2013 @ 9:54 pm
  74. Hi. I Want to cut out letters to make my son’s name and decorate the side of his birthday cake with it. The cake will be a round sponge covered in fondant icing. Will it work if I make the letters out of Mexican paste? Will the letters set too hard to attach to the curved sides of a cake? I assume they will need to harden before attaching? Do I need to consider changing to a square cake? Will the letters attach with icing? l have never used Mexican paste before!
    Susan

    Comment by susan — 11 March, 2013 @ 1:28 pm
  75. @ Susan. Mexican paste is ideal for very delicate letters as it can be used in very small cutters without stretching. If the cake is already decorated you could attach the still soft letters to the cake with a little edible glue (available from cake decorating shops or on line for about £2.00) and they would then mould to the shape of the cake. If the letters are allowed to dry, they become very hard and can still be attached with edible glue and would stand out against the side of the cake. Either effect would look good. If you have quite large letter cutters, you could consider using fondant icing. This comes ready made in a variety of colours and is easy to use. Care needs to be taken not to stretch the letters as you remove them from the cutters and I tend to leave them to dry slightly for about ten minutes before attaching to the cake. The shapes will still mould to the side of the cake, but keep their shape. You can attach fondant with edible glue, royal icing or just a little cooled boiled water applied with a small paint brush.

    Comment by Sheila — 11 March, 2013 @ 9:53 pm
  76. Managed to make some Mexican Paste, Yipee!! It took some time and some kneading and I thought that it was never going to combine to make the paste, but it was worth it in the end. The paste did not accept the colouring willingly and took a lot of work and a lot of kneading. I also did use some glucose syrup in the mix. I think that next time, I will try it with two spoonfuls of Tylo, instead of the three as I think it will make it much more manageable. I am very pleased that I will now be able to make my own as it is quite expensive to buy. Thank you so much for sharing.

    Comment by Diana — 27 March, 2013 @ 9:45 am
  77. @ So glad you were successful. I find watching a TV programme useful when kneading the paste as it takes my mind off how long it takes. Mexican paste does not take colour well and if adding a lot to get deep colours can made the paste sticky. However, it is very easy to paint once dry and you can then get very vivid/deep colours.

    Comment by Sheila — 3 April, 2013 @ 10:21 pm
  78. Hi, can this recipe for mexican paste be used with tappits cutters?

    Comment by Bernie — 1 May, 2013 @ 2:27 pm
  79. @ Bernie This recipe for Mexican Paste is perfect for Tappits Cutters and is all I have ever used with them.

    Comment by Sheila — 2 May, 2013 @ 9:18 pm
  80. Hi, I’m wanting to make masquerade masks using a silicone mold. Is mexican paste suitable for this? One website said to use 50% fondant & 50% mexican paste. I want the masks to be hard. Thanks

    Comment by Serena — 11 May, 2013 @ 1:02 am
  81. @Serena. I am not sure what size the masquerade masks are, but if they are as I suspect small, then mexican paste will be ideal as they will dry very hard and will not become misshapen when taking them out of the molds.

    Comment by Sheila — 12 May, 2013 @ 11:13 am
  82. hello, i have tried to make butterflies out of flower paste, but thay break very easily, would mexican paste work better or be just the same, kind regards Juliet

    Comment by juliet — 30 May, 2013 @ 12:55 pm
  83. @ Juliet I use Squires White Sugar Flower Paste available from http://www.craftcompany.co.uk. This is very good for the butterflies and you can freeze any remaining paste for future use. When making them, I make them from white paste and colour them afterwards. This makes them stronger as any colour added changes the consistency of the paste. Take the cut out butterfly and bend into the correct position and leave to dry over a small rolling pin or other small cylindrical object. Leave for at least 24 hours. Colour the butterflies by dusting with petal dust then spinning them very quickly in steam to set the colour. This evens it out and gives a lovely sheen. The details on the wings can then be painted on with a fine paintbrush. Finished butterflies must be kept in a dry environment as any moisture will make the soft. Some breakages are inevitable, especially with the larger butterflies and making them out of Mexican Paste will not make any difference. I always make far more than I need.

    Comment by Sheila — 30 May, 2013 @ 8:46 pm
  84. thankyou for your response. kind regards juliet

    Comment by juliet — 4 June, 2013 @ 6:43 pm
  85. Can this maxican paste be use to make fabric effect work,bowsand flowers?

    Comment by effy — 11 July, 2013 @ 10:19 am
  86. Mexican paste is a good medium for bows and items that would misshapen when making. However, when it comes to flowers, flower paste is best as you can mould and stretch it into the petal shapes.

    Comment by Sheila — 11 July, 2013 @ 8:17 pm
  87. hello, i am making a music themed birthday cake, i want to make music notes standing up at the top and having them “fall” down the side of the cake, would mexican paste work for this?

    thank you.

    Comment by jess — 14 August, 2014 @ 10:52 am
  88. @ Jess Mexican paste would be ideal for this as it keeps it shape well when cutting out the notes and dries very hard. The shapes need to be put onto a dry surface such as dry royal icing or fondant icing (Regalice). Mexican past will become soft and goey if placed onto a soft surface such as butter icing or cream.

    Comment by Sheila — 14 August, 2014 @ 10:00 pm
  89. I am new to cake decorating and have purchased some ready made mexican modelling paste to make Rudolph for the top of a xmas cake. Once kneaded and shaped I have left the pieces overnight in a dry room (not in a sealed container), but each time I come to use them, they are not rock hard as I would expect; they bend and break easily. Where am I going wrong?

    Comment by Sue — 4 December, 2014 @ 2:36 pm
  90. @Sue. I am sorry you have had disappointing results. I have not used ready made mexican modelling paste, so cannot comment it. Certainly you do not seem to be doing anything wrong and as long as the room is warm and dry the shapes should be hard within 24 hours. Usually mexican paste is rolled very thinly, so if you are using thicker shapes, then they may need longer to dry. As a quick cheat, which works very well, I take approx 250 grams fondant icing (Dr Oetker or Renshaws is very good) and knead in 1 tsp of Gum Tragacanth. You can purchase this in most cake decorating shops or on line at the Craft Company (http://www.craftcompany.co.uk/). It is only a small bottle, but a little goes a long way. Knead in very well until the paste becomes smooth and stretchy then leave it overnight. You can then roll this out very thinly and the shapes keep their dimensions. Leave to dry for at least 24 hours. My daughter has recently used this to make large ‘ice shards’ around a ‘Frozen’ cake she was making and it worked very well.

    Comment by Sheila — 9 December, 2014 @ 11:48 pm

Comments RSS TrackBack URI

 

Leave a comment