How to Make a Gum Paste

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How to Make a Gum Paste
Gum paste makes the beautiful, sugar flowers on wedding cakes possible. (Hemera Technologies/ Images)

Gum paste is a sugary dough used in moulding edible flowers, figurines, ribbons and more for decorating baked goods. Making your own gum paste can be a fun, money-saving alternative to purchasing pre-made gum paste decorations. Show those special someones in your life how much you care by making tasty goodies topped with your own original, handcrafted gum paste decorations. Plan to make your gum paste well in advance, as it can take up to half a day to complete.

Skill level:
Moderately Easy

Things you need

  • 1 tbsp. Gum-Tex or gum tragacanth
  • 1 tbsp liquid glucose
  • 3 tbsp warm water
  • 1 packet Knox gelatin
  • 1 tbsp lemon juice
  • 4 cups sifted icing sugar

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  1. 1

    Mix 3 tbsp water with 1 tbsp lemon juice.

  2. 2

    Pour the lemon juice and water mixture into a large bowl. Add 1 packet of gelatin slowly, stirring until the gelatin becomes completely dissolved in the water.

  3. 3

    Add 1 tbsp liquid glucose slowly into the bowl and stir it into the mixture. You may need to put the mixture in the microwave or heat it on the stove for 20 to 30 seconds to melt the glucose.

  4. 4

    Add 3 cups of the icing sugar and 1 tbsp of Gum-Tex or gum tragacanth to the mixture and mix thoroughly. You should have a sticky, soft dough at this point.

  5. 5

    Store the dough in a sealed plastic bag for at least 8 hours at room temperature.

  6. 6

    Knead in 1 cup of icing sugar once the dough has set. This should remove the dough's sticky quality. Add more icing sugar if the stickiness remains.

Tips and warnings

  • Gum paste may begin to form a crust when you work with it in small pieces. When this happens, knead in some icing sugar to get rid of the crust.
  • Store your gum paste in a plastic bag when you are done using it. It will last for up to 6 months refrigerated and longer in the freezer.

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