I’ve never used the bean paste so I can only relay what I’ve heard about it.
- dries hard so holds shape very well
- can be rolled thin
- more opaque
- takes food dye well
- commercially produced
- dries more slowly, extending time to
work with it
- rolls thin
- more translucent
- not commercially produced so added labor and time to make paste
- since you have to make the paste achieving consistency could be a problem
It’s not real popular in Western countries, it’s an thing with us Asians. But with the popularity of the “Korean” buttercream flower cakes, westerners are looking at more Asian cake decorating videos and discovering the beans paste. My youngest sister absolutely hates all things made sweet bean. So I’ve never been inclined to use it.