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Modelling Paste, Petal Paste and Flower & Modelling Paste; What’s the difference and which one should I choose?

Thursday 2nd November 2017

The time has finally come for the long-awaited release of 4 brand new products! Plus, the release of Renshaw Extra in the UK, seriously, how busy have we been!

Soon on the shelves will be:

  • Confectionery Ready to Roll Icing
  • Renshaw Extra
  • Modelling Paste
  • Belgian Chocolate Modelling Paste
  • Petal Paste

These will add to our existing range of sugar paste and modelling pastes, which means that there will a paste for every cake decorating need.

We cannot wait for you to try them and love them as much as we do! But, we will be the first to admit, that you may be a little confused with what product you should use for the best results!

Differentiating between Modelling Paste, Petal Paste and then Flower & Modelling Paste can seem a bit unclear at first, and that’s even before we throw a chocolate version into the mix!

So, we feel a bit of an ‘easy to understand’ explanation is in order, to avoid any frustration and potential kitchen meltdowns (we’ve all had them). After all, cake decoration is meant to be fun.

Below is something we’d like to think of as a failsafe; pick your skill/result you want to achieve, go across the line and the ticks indicate what products will work – simple!

A little bit more information to help you out…

Flower & Modelling Paste

Firstly, the well-established and familiar Flower & Modelling Paste, a firm favourite when creating flowers and models that you want to keep a detailed shape. This is one of Renshaw’s firmer pastes, it can be rolled, modelled, cut and used in moulds and embossed, and is great for intricate shapes and flowers. A great all-rounder for fine detail and structure, it can also be combined with Ready to Roll Icing to give a softer set.

For now, you’ll still be able to find Flower & Modelling Paste in the familiar packaging, but our new pack design (above) will be available around Easter 2018.

Flower and Modelling Paste in 5 points
  • Holds its shape and dries quickly
  • Colours and airbrushes well
  • Firmer than Modelling Paste
  • Available in a range of colours
  • Great for models and flowers

Here are some applications you could make using Renshaw Flower & Modelling Paste:


Now onto the exciting bit, the new stuff!

Modelling Paste

So, let’s start with the new Modelling Paste, perfect for making model figures and decorations, with a smooth soft texture that is easy to handle.

This paste colours well with gels and edible dust, holds its shape well and is still soft enough to eat. Modelling Paste has good elasticity and pins out thinly, you could use this for fine detailing, models and is great when using moulds! Remember to allow your model to set for 24 hours.

The Belgian Chocolate Modelling Paste is exactly the same in terms of handling and colouring, however, this heavenly recipe contains 27% luxury Belgian chocolate, oh yes. A rich indulgent chocolate flavour makes it a delight to eat, and yet it still holds shape when modelled, so it’s great for making figures and decorations.

Modelling paste in 5 points
  • Holds shape, soft enough to eat
  • Colours and airbrushes well
  • Made with cocoa butter (smells like cocoa butter)
  • Great for models, details and moulds
  • Softer than Flower & Modelling Paste

Here are some examples of what you could make using the Belgian Chocolate Modelling Paste:



Petal Paste

Finally, the awesome Petal Paste! This is the answer to making flowers and foliage, bows and frills, it can be rolled wafer thin and can be used with cutters and tools. This paste is easy to work with without drying too fast. When dried, the paste is hard setting without being fragile or brittle – the perfect balance. Petal Paste is great for delicate shapes and flowers, whether small or large and ideal for decorative sugar work.

Petal Paste in 5 points
  • Great for fine, lifelike flowers and frills
  • Can be rolled wafer thin
  • Robust/hard setting paste, not brittle
  • Takes colours and dust well
  • Firmest Renshaw product

Here’s what you could make using Petal Paste:



As with all our pastes, cut off the required amount and knead until pliable, a little icing sugar or cornflour may be used to prevent sticking on the work surface. And please remember, store in the original packaging and in a well-sealed airtight container to keep it as fresh as humanly possible. All 3 products mentioned (flower & modelling, modelling and petal) have an initial 12-month shelf life.

All products are vegetarian-friendly, vegan-friendly (excluding chocolate flavoured products), Kosher approved and Halal approved.

If you need any more info about any of our products, visit our product pages. Our new products will be availble shortly after Cake International so keep a look out for them! And let us know what you think about the new products, we love to hear feedback!

Happy Baking 😊