Cold Porcelain was introduced in South America approximately 30 years ago and in North America 6 years ago.
Since that time, it has rapidly gained in popularity due to its sturdiness and unbreakable nature when compared to gum paste or flower paste.
Like gum paste, there are numerous recipes for cold porcelain; many however, cannot be used on cakes.
Below is the recipe we use; it can be placed on cakes as it is made with non-toxic glue. (This recipe is NOT edible; when used on cakes the consumer should be informed).
|3 Tbsp||Mineral Oil or Vegetable Oil|
|2 Tbsp||Sodium Benzoate|
|5 oz||White School Glue – Washable & Non-Toxic|
- Place the mineral or vegetable oil and sodium benzoate into a non-stick pan and stir together off the heat.
- Stir until the mixture becomes milky looking, using a wooden spoon to break the sodium benzoate into smaller pieces.
- Add the white school glue. Use a tablespoon of water to rinse out the glue container and add to the pan.
- Add the cornstarch and on a medium heat, continue stirring until the paste becomes thick and leaves the bottom and sides of the pan
- Then flatten out the paste in the pan and let cook for a minute, then turn the paste over to cook for another minute (a skin will form on the paste). Do Not Overcook.
- Tip out onto a counter or surface, which has been lightly dusted with cornstarch (corn flour). Knead well for a few minutes.
- Wrap the kneaded paste in cling film, leaving the ends open until the paste is cool.
- When cold, wrap well and keep in an airtight container.
N.B: We recommend that before using the cold porcelain you mix titanium dioxide (white paste or powder C448) into it. If not the paste will dry opaque in colour.