I am constantly referring people on the Wilton.com forum to videos on your site. (The ones referred most often are "Cake Construction" and "How to cover a cake with fondant using The Mat". ) New bakers have SO many questions and your videos hit the cake nail right on the head!
I began cake decorating at the age of 56 with the first of the Wilton classes at my local Michaels store. Like many others, it has turned into a passion. I have spent hundreds of hours online learning and videos like those from Sweetwise, Inc. are a blessing.
(p.s. I bought The Mat, but haven't used it yet--I'm looking forward to my next fondant cake!)
Guar gum is used in the preparation of multiple food products,thickening of dairy products such as milk and yogurt, the lubrication and binding of meat, and the improvement of the texture and shelf life of baked goods it is eight times stronger than cornstarch.It's also a common ingredient in gluten-free and vegan recipes .Guar gum is typically used in foods such as ice cream, smoothies, puddings and soups because of its water-absorbing properties.One of the most common uses of guar gum is the stabilizing of salad dressing, sauces and condiments.
It helps to prevent oil separation by stabilizing the emulsion, although it is not an emulsifier. Xanthan gum also helps suspend solid particles, such as spices. Also used in frozen foods and beverages, xanthan gum helps create the pleasant texture in many ice creams, along with guar gum and locust bean gum.
Perfect for Desserts, Mousses, Glazes, Jellies, Aspics and more.
Soak in liquid until soft (about 5 minutes), squeeze dry, melt over low heat and stir into recipe as directed. Produces a clearer product than powdered gelatin. Used dry, the gelatin sheets make great windows for gingerbread houses; attach with royal icing from the inside of the house. 25 gelatin sheets included.
Royal Icing: Mix at medium speed, 1 lb. of mix and 7 Tablespoons water, beat until icing stands in peaks. Flavor and color as desired.
Picture or Flow Icing: Add 1 Tablespoon water of each 1/2 cup of Royal Icing prepared as above. Mix by hand.
Use for making candy centers and icings. Directions: Easy Cream Center: 1 lb. Dry Fondant, 2 TBLS Milk or Whipping Cream, 6 TBLS Butter or Margarine. Warm liquid and butter on stove top. Stir the Dry Fondant into the mixture, then knead with your hands. Flavor and color as desired. Shelf Life: 1 year if kept in cool, low humidty environment. Note: This product is prepared and packaged using machines that may come into contact with wheat/gluten, eggs, dairy or dairy products, peanuts, soy, tree nuts.
A reduced-calorie sweetener used for making hard candy. This product can be used to make the edible jems, pulled sugar, blown sugar and as a sugar substitute in baking. High resistance to humidity and will not crystallize. If no color added, the candy hardens clear. Shelf Life: 36 Months
Used to make smoother cordial fondant centers. Typically added to fondants or candy centers before dipping. A natural enzyme derived from yeast converts sugar (sucrose into invert sugar, thereby preventing crystallization of sugar in finished candy).