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.