What Is Mexican Paste
Wednesday, 2 July 2014
Mexican Paste is a smooth, strong modelling paste ideal for making intricate models or for use with cutters or moulds. It is not the same as sugarpaste as when it sets it becomes very hard and brittle so it is not suitable for covering cakes. It contains a hardening agent (usually gum tragacanth or CMC) which gives it more strength than sugarpaste so you can create fine details and give your models height without the paste squashing and losing shape.
Although it can be rolled fairly thin to create wonderful fabric effects when dressing your characters, mexican paste is not the same as flower paste (gum paste). Mexican paste does not have the same elasticity and stretch as flower paste. The advantage of this is that if you cut a design out of mexican paste it shouldn't stretch and lose its shape.