(Mexican) Milk Dough

Being a cake decorator by training, I'm always on the lookout for new types of modelling paste to make candy fruits for cake decoration. This is because ingredients for cake decoration vary from country to country. Flowerpaste which is common in UK is not easily obtainable in the continental part of Europe. Even Sugarpaste varies in quality and taste from US to UK. The closest that I could get to it is Masa Tičino. I have not gotten my hands on one but my dear friend in Korčula has vast experience using the paste. A very kind Mexican lady - Gina Jiménez-Herrera who currently resides in Sweden has offered me a new type of modelling paste - Milk Dough.
I will include her recipe here and attach pictures of her wonderful creations. Do drop me a note if you have other types of edible ingredients that you use for cake decoration. Cheers!

Makes: 750 g.of dough


2 Cups (200g.) Powdered Milk

2 Cups (280g.) Powdered (icing) sugar

½ to ¾ Can Sweetened Condensed Milk

1 Tsp. Vanilla or few drops almond extract

1 Egg Yolk (organic degree)

1 Tbs. Butter, softened

Liquid food coloring, some Cloves, Cinnamon Stick, Red Grape clean and dried Stems or other clean wooden stems for garnishing, Edible color markers, Play dough tools or Flower making tools, etc.


1. Sift the powdered sugar in a bowl. 2. Stir in the powdered milk. 3. Add the butter, the egg yolk, the vanilla extract and ½ can of condensed milk. 4. Combine until you can get a dough. If it is too dry and crumbly, stir in additional condensed milk handling the less possible your dough until dough is perfect to shape figures. (Dough should look and feel like modeling play dough) 5. Cover with plastic wrap to prevent it for drying so quickly. 6. Divide dough into portions —one for each color you want to use. Knead few drops of food coloring into each portion, adding it carefully until dough takes on desired color. Do not overwork dough because it will get oily (greasy) 7. Roll small balls and shape into fruits. 8. Paint little dots, shades or lines with the markers or a fine brush and garnish with cloves, stems, little natural leaves, black and white sesame seeds, grape stems, cloves, cinnamon sticks or so, to dress up their appearance.

Thank you Gina for your recipe!


Quachee said...

love the 'apples' & 'oranges' :)reminds me of the fruit shaped japanese ice creams.

SheR. said...

I love the look of them too. She is so good with her hands!