I saw some ads for some weird stuff called Dab, so I looked into it. The videos show someone slowly spreading out the DAB product like a thick icing, pressing it into a mold, and then removing it and showing off how fabulous it is.
Well, the implication with this stuff is that it's something new and different, but I know that if you can eat it, it's probably just some variation on ingredients that everyone uses already. Considering that I'm really cheap, I'm also not going to buy any of it to test it out, so I just started thinking about it.
The basic idea is that you want to have a product that is somewhat spreadable, but isn't sticky. If it was sticky like sugarveil, it wouldn't come out of the mold so easily. So that means that you'd need something like a gumpaste, but also something that would be able to be spread out. Maybe a gumpaste that had been thinned out enough to be more malleable, but not too wet.
So out came the gumpaste and the crisco, and I kneaded enough crisco into the paste to make it soft but not so soft that it wouldn't hold its shape. I know that gumpaste will dry out eventually even with crisco added to it, and that crisco will make it less sticky, so trying that made sense.
Well looky what happened...I used a snowflake mold that I had bought a while ago. When I try to press gumpaste into the mold with my fingers it's pretty much impossible to get it into the teeny stick parts on the snowflakes, so I could only use about half of the cavitites in the mold.
I pressed the crisco'ed gumpaste into the cavity, the started in the middle of the mold with my spatula.
Pressing the spatula flat against the surface of the mold, I went from the center out and slowly pressed and "spread" the gumpaste into the cavity.
After that I popped the snowflake out to see what it looked like with no other attention. It was fine, and the "spreadable" gumpaste was a success in making these skinny types of snowflakes that I hadn't been able to make before.
Kara Buntin owns A Cake To Remember LLC, online cake supplies at www.acaketoremember.com and www.acaketoremember.etsy.com