Wednesday, December 22, 2010


(Gumpaste recipe by Carrie Biggers)

Gumpaste is a sugar dough and there are many different recipes for Gumpaste out there some recipes are mixed with gum powder and some are made with tylose powder Gumpaste is really pliable which is not as sturdy as Pastillage. Because of the added gum, this dough is very elastic and soft, making it easy to be rolled out thinner and worked with longer than Pastillage. Gumpaste is versatile and is stronger than Fondant. Gumpaste is also used for making delicate shapes or molded into figurines. Both will hold up fairly well in humidity, but takes a long time to dry if it's rolled out to thick, sometimes 24 hours or more. Decorations can be made weeks in advance and temporarily stored in airtight containers, in a cool, dark place or kept there indefinitely away from heat or moisture, which can soften them. Gumpaste will also soften slightly if it touches Buttercream because of its fat content or if it's refrigerated.

*This GumPaste works well for working with your Cricut Cake*

*Step One*


2 Tbsp of unflavored gelatin (2 pkg)
1/2 cup of cold water


In a one cup glass measuring cup add the water and sprinkle in the gelatin stir well and let it rest for 5 mins mean while get a pot with some water place on stove and heat up the water DO NOT LET THE WATER BOIL then turn off the heat then place the measuring cup in the hot water like a maria bath stir the gelatin until is a dissolved clear liquid.

*Step Two*


2 Tbsp of melted shortening
1/3 cup of clear corn syrup
1 Tsp of lemon Juice


Stir and combine thoroughly

*Step Three*


2 Lbs of powdered sugar (sifted)
3 Tbsp tylose powder


Place the powdered sugar in a large glass or plastic bowl (reserve 2 cups of the sugar) make a well in the center. Then pour the gelatin and corn syrup liquid into the well of sugar and stir well with a large plastic spoon and stir until nearly all of the sugar is stirred in.


If you have a heavy duty stand mixer you can place the sugar in the mixing bowl then make a well then pour the gelatin and corn syrup liquid into the sugar well use the bread dough hook for this process and mix until nearly all of the sugar is mixed in.


Then pour onto a clean counter top which has been lightly greased with shortening and dusted with the additional powdered sugar sprinkle the tylose powder into the mixture with lightly greased hands knead incorporating all of the powdered sugar and tylose until it forms a smooth rubbery ball add additional sugar if needed.

It should not be really sticky or too soft. With experience you will learn how STIFF is stiff enough. Knead in as much sugar as it will take. Beginners usually make it too soft.

Wrap tight in a plastic wrap twice. then place gumpaste in a ziplock bag allow to rest over night it can be stored at room temperature for weeks refrigerate or freeze for extended storage time.

When ready to use start with a baseball sized piece and warm briefly in the microwave no more then 10 seconds at a time to soften to make it easier to knead.

You can add any color of your choice to the gumpaste the colors should be can be gel or paste colors.

*Here are some of my Sugar Flowers made of Gumpaste*

Here are some yellow lily hanged to dry
Once the lilies are dried they are ready to be dust with edible colors or painted with some edible paste or gel colors to look more realistic. Here are the lilies colored looking more realistic.

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