Flexique® from Marilyn Bawol
Flexique® is a unique combination of edible ingredients, delicately balanced together to maximize pliability and durability.
It is a gelatin-based compound with an extremely wide variety of uses. Flexique can be used on its own to create edible fabric and other flexible, durable decorations; it can be used as an additive to enhance benefits of other products like isomalt, pastillage, fondant, gumpaste, confectionery coating, and wafer paper; it can be applied as a protective coating to edible images to keep them from smudging or tearing, or as a food-safe barrier to protect edible projects from non-edible materials; and it can be used in combination with transfer sheets.
It is used as a heated liquid mixture, applied by either brushing or pouring it on to a nonstick surface or edible sheet, or by pouring it into molds or even by brushing it onto skin.
It can be colored, flavored, lustered, or scented to match the cake on which it is used.
There are two other variations in the product line: Flexique® Glue – used to attach cured Flexique to itself (bows, ruffles, flowers, etc) and to fondant; Flexique® Instant Lace – a no-mix, no-bake, clear, quick-drying compound for use in lace molds.
With an unprecedented variety of unique applications, Flexique is perhaps the most versatile edible product ever. It introduces new tools and concepts to the process of creating edible art. It allows for a more realistic effect when creating fabric-like cake decorations and opens greater possibilities for edible fashion projects like clothing, ribbons, ruffles, fringe, etc.
Flexique’s combination of benefits fosters further innovation. Elements of the project can be thin, flexible, stretchy, durable, and even clear. For instance, a very common use is to create flowers with flexible, yet virtually unbreakable petals which can easily be veined for added realism. Its durable-flexible benefit combination eliminates the need to redo fragile decorations that chip or break. It is reusable, which greatly reduces product waste. And it enhances other products, allowing for longer working time (e.g., isomalt and pastillage), adding lasting bendability (e.g., confectionery coating), and actually allows it to stretch and return to its normal state (e.g., wafer paper).
Because non-edible accent decorations can be coated with Flexique as a food-safe barrier, it introduces a wider palate of decorative and protective materials that can be incorporated into wedding cakes (real flowers is one example of this, and it has even been used in combination with burlap).
Flexique is completely unique. It does not fit into any existing product category, and so it has become its own edible art tool category. It has also been shown to have applications outside of the cake decorating field.
A dress made of Flexique has been highlighted in a local Bealeton, Virginia newspaper and that dress won first place in a North Florida “Battle of the Instructors” competition in 2015.
Flexique has been an essential, integral part of many noteworthy projects.
It has been highlighted on a 98% edible dress at The America Cake and Sugar Craft Fair in Orlando where four other dress entries also utilized some Flexique components.
The Jack-in-the-Box won third place at Pastry Live 2015 and its tutorial was included in the June 2016 American Cake Decorating magazine along with a full page spread on Flexique Instant Lace.
The Young Entomologist, whose shoe strings were created with Flexique, won first in the National Capital Area Cake Show.
The Flexique demonstration at the recent ICES convention was sold out and received consistently high praises from the attendees.
Ashley Holt’s “Head in a Bag” project featured in Inked Magazine demonstrated Flexique used in its clear mode to imitate a plastic bag.
Lizzo Marek’s Flexique amaranthus was featured on the cover of the June 2016 issue of Cake Masters magazine and the tutorial inside highlighted how Flexique was used.
Several cake artists used Flexique in their television appearance including Sabrina Campbell’s winning cake project on Cake Wars where she utilized Flexique to create the jelly fish.