Difference between Gum Paste, Fondant and Icing

The birthday party is about to start and the little bear decoration on the cake is starting to fall apart! What a disaster. This is probably because you used only fondant to make it. If you want to avoid mistakes like these, it’s vital to know the difference between Gum Paste, Fondant and Icing and when to use them.

Gum paste, Icing, Fondant

Gum Paste

Usually made of egg whites, powdered sugar, and shortening and gum called Tylose. It is ideal for making very detailed and realistic flowers and other decoration for cakes.


Made of sugar, water, and corn syrup. It is used as a filling or coating for cakes, pastries, and candies or sweets.


It is a combination of sugar and a liquit that can be either egg white or water or even sugar syrup. Usually used for decorating cookies

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