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Modelling paste recipe used for my wedding cake flowers

The modelling paste recipe included after the photos is extremely simple and cheap to make. It is also easier and more reliable than a lot of shop bought modelling paste and is really quite forgiving. I have been using this recipe for years to create everything from sugar paste flowers to detailed figurines. Best of all it is gluten free and has just three ingredients and water, all of which you can get at nearly any supermarket.

This is our wedding cake. After quite a bit of searching my wife found a picture of a cake she liked online. We updated and recreated the design on a slightly larger scale than the original and in colours to match our theme.

The cake was layered chocolate with dark chocolate ganache, covered in ganache and then fondant.

I was very happy with the final result, and more importantly so was my wife.

The cake just after I delivered it to the venue the morning of the wedding.

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Modelling paste flowers recipe

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2 teaspoons powdered gelatine
30 ml of water
1 rounded teaspoon liquid glucose
One and a half cups of pure icing sugar, sifted.


Put gelatine, glucose and water into a small saucepan and heat very gently. The aim is to gently melt all of the gelatine and combine it with the glucose and water to form a perfectly combined and homogeneous mixture. Do not boil or over heat. Use a chopstick or similar implement  to stir the mixture very gently, avoid making bubbles or getting gelatine up the sides of the saucepan.

Place half of the sifted icing sugar (3/4 cup) into a small mixing bowl. Make a well in the centre of the icing sugar and pour in the warm gelatine glucose mix. Use a blunt butter knife to mix the incing sugar to a smooth paste. Cover the bowl with cling film and leave to rest at room temperature for at least an hour.

Once rested, knead in the remaining icing sugar bit by bit until you have a smooth clay like modelling paste mixture this will require quite a bit of effort and the mixture will be a bit rough and lumpy. Place into a plastic bag, or ziplock bag and leave overnight in the fridge.

Allow the mixture to warm up to room temperature and knead thoroughly before using.
After resting overnight in the fridge then slowly being brought back room temperature the mixture will be smooth like plasticine.

Dust hands and boards with cornflour (ensure it is corn based not wheat based) to prevent the modelling paste from sticking to hands or to the board. If you use pure icing sugar to prevent sticking it will make the mixture dry out faster and you will need to work very, very fast.

The mixture dries out very quickly, so I keep any modelling paste I am not currently using in a sealed ziplock plastic bag, and keep a lightly damp paper towel nearby to cover and keep the pieces I am working with soft and pliable. Pieces of modelling paste glue together very well with stiff royal icing. Royal icing, vodka, water or a thin film of sticky liqueur will glue petals around the modelling paste buds as you are creating them.

My best advice is give it a go. This is a very cheap recipe to make and after making a few batches you will be familiar with how to get the best results for nearly any project that requires modelling paste or sugar paste.

The modelling paste sets hard almost like fine bone china. Once dried it is structurally very sound and can be painted with liquid colours watered with alcohol for super vibrant colour, or dusted with petal dust and lustres. Flowers made this way will last for years if they are kept away from humidity and bugs.
I like to add vanilla extract, rosewater or other essences to my mixture to give the modelling paste an enticingly pleasant fragrance.

Give it a go and soon you’ll be making your own amazing sugarpaste roses and flowers.


Bridgeleigh reception centre in Wanneroo

 Me and my beautiful wife 🙂

Wedding, Bridgeleigh Reception Centre Wanneroo

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