Friday, October 26, 2007

Sugarpaste

I have always admire my friends who can do beautiful sugarpaste cakes and have been wanting to try making some. Since my friend, J, needs some for her cupcakes this weekend, I volunteered to help her make them. Nothing very difficult for now, most of it are flowers which is actually very simple. However, my son made a teapot and a cup on his own. He was enjoying playing with the dough. I also tried making a bear that doesn't really look like one, anyway, this is just the beginning. At least I am not so afraid to try sugarpaste anymore.

Sharing with you my simple attempt.




Sugar Paste (recipe shared by Vi)
8 gm gelatine mix with 50 ml of room temperature water. Let the gelatine get soaked after which place the pot on low heat and mix until dissolved, just barely warm. (Do not heat. High heat kills the gel agent.)

50 gm corn syrup (if not availabke, use the best pale colour honey available). Add the corn syrup to the gelatine mixture and mix well.

450 gm icing sugar (powder sugar - make sure your brand has corn starch as a component). Make a well in the middle and place the gelatine and corn syrup mixture in the well.

Using a spoon, move the syrup in circular motion to get as much icing sugar as possible. Here you will see it is starting to get very thick. At this point, you can use your hand and start to mix exactly like a dough. Here, add abt 10 drops of light vegetable oil and mix.

After the sugar is incorporated, sprinkle icing sugar on a surface and knead like a dough until it is nice, velvety like and it does not stick to your hand or to the table. It has to look exactly like a bread dough.

Cover sugar paste in cling wrap and leave it to activate the gelatine overnight. (Vi's instruction was to leave the sugar paste in the fridge overnight but I did not. I just wrapped the paste up tightly and leave it outside overnight.) Sugar paste can be used the next day. Add colour of your choice to a small piece of dough and knead until colour is nicely distributed into the paste. You can mix as many colours as you like.

39 comments:

HK Choo said...

lee lee, they are all very nicely done up, and nice soft pastel colour as well. *thumbs up* :)

Yan said...

loads of effort into the making of these petite flowers wif intricate fine designs on it as well. LeeLee, kudos !!!

Cranberry said...

Wow bravo Lee!! I love those flowers.. esp the blink blink ones..very very pretty! Good attempt Lee.. look forward to more of your sugarpaste crafts soon.

Caroline said...

Hi - your sugarpaste flowers are so beautiful. Can you give me the recipe of making them? I love to learn something new. Thanks.

Tricia Lee-Chin said...

Excellent Job to you and your son!!! Very-very nice!!!

Anonymous said...

Hi Hugbear,

Is it alright that u can share the receipe of sugarpaste?

Seems interesting....

Regards
Adeline

Mrs Chua said...

Hi Hugbear,

your sugarpaste is so nice.How did u cut the flower shape?Is that a tools to use?Which brand of icing sugar u use?Thanks U.Hope to start my trying soon.

Hugbear said...

Hi Mrs Chua, I used a cookie cutter to cut out those flowers. As for the icing sugar, I bought it from Phoon Huat, the Redman Brand.

Ning's Mummy said...

Very Very nice leh..
I love the roses.. :)

Mrs Chua said...

Hi Hugbear,

thanks u so much!I really to try out.Can I make the flower & store for futher use or need to use it once it done?
Appreciate for your fast response.

Thanks U

Hugbear said...

Mrs Chua, you can make them ahead and store them for later use. As long as they are dried properly, it can be stored for a long time. I just stored mine in a box in a cool place.

Anonymous said...

Lee,
If you're going to make any sugarpaste, I'll love to join in the fun :)

Rdgs
Ma-Li

Hugbear said...

Ma-Li, now that exams are over we can do it soon. Jestina would like to come play dough too. Kekeke.

KWF said...

Lee, your sugar paste are lovely. How long can they be stored? Need to be stored in fridge? And we just dry them in room temp after shaping? Is this recipe very sweet? One last qn, is this the same as fondant? Sorry for so many qns.

Hugbear said...

Hi kwf, sugar paste flowers can be stored for a long time. I actually stored mine in a box in the fridge. Whenever I need to decorate my cake or cupcakes, I can just take it and use it immediately. Yes it is the same as fondant.

singairishgirl said...

Wow, wow, I want to try it soon! Hehe.

Hugbear said...

Singairishgirl go try it. Who knows you may be hooked by it. Like me. Hehehe

Anonymous said...

Hi Hugbear,

May I know what brand of colouring u re using? Is it Wilton Icing Colours Concentrated Paste? Or???

Thanks.

Hugbear said...

I used the Wilton colour paste.

MusiC BaKeR said...

hello,

Is it possible to use normal food couloring for the sugar paste?

Anonymous said...

hi,
pls tell me where did i get gelatine,corn syrup.

Hugbear said...

Hi anonymous, you can get them at those shops that sell baking stuff like Phoon Huat or any supermarket.

Hugbear said...

Hi Musicbaker, yes it is possible to use normal food colouring.

Anonymous said...

umm,hello.
can all these be eaten?
sry,cos it seems inedible.
dont ue think so?

Hugbear said...

Although edible but usually more for display purposes because I think it don't taste good. Haha

sing said...

Hi, what did you use to stick e flower together? If i can't find corn syrup, can i substitute with white maltose instead? Thanks

Hugbear said...

Hi Sing, I just use water to stick them together. But you can also use clear alcohol to stick them together. The alcohol or water acts as a 'glue'. Can you find very light colour honey. I am not sure how thick the white maltose is because the normal maltose is very very thick and sticky. You should use something that is more runny.

stephy said...

normally how long does it take to have the sugar paste flower to dry completely? So after it's done, can we keep at room temperature or it's a must to store in the fridge? I'm so lucky to find this recipe as i can find tragaganth for sugar paste. Thanks.... a lot!!

Hugbear said...

You just need to leave it outside at room temperature for 1 or 2 days for it to harden up. Be warn that during wet seasons, your sugarpaste will not be dry and will 'sweat' and become limpy.

Anonymous said...

Hi there! I want to try out yr sugar paste recipe but had difficulty getting the corn syrup. One of the bake shops told me it is also known as "liquid glucose", which I bought. But it looked rather thick & viscous. I hv honey at home but the colour is dark - will it affect the end result terribly? Help!
Thanks. Maysie

pansy said...

I'll try not to make sugarpaste during wet rainy day. What if it really turn out to be "Sweat" and limpy like what u've described? Can it be help or i just have to throw them away? I've such experience once with fondant and i threw them away. I haven't try with sugarpaste yet.Thanks.

Hugbear said...

If you are doing figurines and it sweats in the rainy weather, there is nothing you can do about it but to throw them away.

Fanny said...

Hi i'am a vegetarian, can i use shortening to substitute gelatine? You may email me to fanny6573@yahoo.com.sg

Thanks
Fanny

Anonymous said...

Hi Hugbear,

I have tried the sugar paste. Failed. :( It was sticky and I was not able to knead it like bread dough. Tried adding more sugar after which. Still not able to.

Left it overnight, however it is still not the right texture.

Appreciate you could guide me on this.

Many thanks, Mei

Hugbear said...

Hi Mei, did you use the recipe I have posted here or another recipe? If you follow this recipe here, it is actually quite easy to do the sugar paste. After adding the melted gelatine mixture to the sifted icing sugar, you use a spoon to gather the sugar into the liquid mixture and slowly mix into a paste. It is possible to mix until it becomse a paste. Then slowly add more icing sugar to knead until the texture you want. I am not sure why you can't get to the right texture.

Anonymous said...

Thanks for your advise.

I will try again. Probably I have added the gelatine and corn syrup mixture too fast into the icing.

Thanks a again.

Anonymous said...

Hi Hugbear,

2nd attempt of the sugar paste was a success. This time round I add in the liquid a bit at a time and didnt used up all of it.

Thanks, Mei

Anonymous said...

Hi,

I just wanted to let you know that I tried out you recipe for sugar paste and it came out perfectly. I substituted sugar syrrup for corn starch.

BTW....it tastes really good too.

Tnks. Vyo K.

Anonymous said...

Hi

I tried out you recipe and not only did the flowers come out really well, it tasted good too.

I used sugar syrrup instead of corn starch.

Tnks.

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