No fairytale castle is complete without its princess. So I molded these three fair maidens, by hand, out of gum paste. Each princess stands approximately 2.5 inches high and is completely edible!
This was my third attempt at modeling gum paste figures. The first was Princess Lollipop, for my Candy Land cake and the second was Raggedy Ann and Andy. The key is finding the foundation of your figure; what part of the body is going to hold the most weight. Find it, and then build around it. Think of each part of the body as a separate unit. Because of its size the skirts are the foundation of my princesses. I then added the bodice and chest area to support the arms and head.
Since gum paste, modeling chocolate, and fondant are all sugar based. You can adhere the pieces by brushing on a bit of water with a food only paint brush. This breaks down the sugar just enough to allow it to stick together. I use watercolor brushes and keep them clean in between use with a little bit of Dawn.
Keep cornstarch on hand to prevent the gum paste from sticking to your fingers. Each of the small body parts are made out of a separate piece of gum paste. For example, there are four different colored gum paste parts for the head in the picture below. Ivory for the face, yellow for the hair, and two shades of blue for the hair band and earrings.
Before… and After!
If you are new to modeling gum paste people, then I suggest starting with a modeling chocolate and fondant mix. I prefer equal parts of both. There is a greater drying time allowance. If you don’t need the figure to be extra sturdy go ahead and use fondant. The sky is the limit. Here is a great and easy white modeling chocolate recipe that anyone can make in their own home! Enjoy!