Here's a quick tutorial for Decorate The Cake's cute paw print mold. I used black fondant and mixed in some tylose powder. Tylose powder makes the fondant dry faster and harder. I rarely use gumpaste anymore, and instead use fondant with tylose for modeling or making flowers. Start with a small ball of the fondant/tylose and then press it into the mold. It may take a few tries, but soon you'll figure out the right amount of fondant needed to fit perfectly in the pad or the toes.
If the fondant is not wanting to stay in the mold or is sticking to your fingers, dust on a little corn starch.
Press the fondant into the mold and continue with the rest of the paw prints.
Let the paw prints dry for an hour or so in the mold. If you are in a hurry, you could put the mold in the freezer for 10 minutes. When I was ready to flip them out, I put a cake circle on top, flipped it over and then carefully peeled back the mold. Most of the prints came out easily, but I did have to help a few of them out with a small paint brush. I use a paint brush as opposed to a toothpick or fingernail (yikes!) so I won't leave a mark in the fondant prints.
Make more prints, if needed. The bottom tier of my cake was a 12" round and I used about 20 paw prints to go around the cake. When you're ready to put them on your cake, first put a small dot of buttercream on the back.
Then using a toothpick or paintbrush, pick up the print by the buttercream dot and carefully place it on the cake.
I loved having this mold for this cake. I wanted all of the prints to be basically identical. I'm afraid if I would have tried to model them by hand, they wouldn't have been so uniform in shape and size. And it would have taken me FOREVER to make each one by hand because I'm such a perfectionist - I seriously could spend 20 minutes making one print!!! The other thing I like about the mold is the raised or rounded dimension it gives the print. Something I couldn't achieve with a Cricut or cutting a stencil by hand with an X-acto knife.
This mold is very versatile. You could use melted chocolate in a squeeze bottle or even isomalt. It could also be used as a texture mat. Above all - just HAVE FUN playing with your cake!
Guest post by Charla Tatom