Here are some great tutorials, tips and recipes for working and decorating with gumpaste. Learn how to create figures, cover cakes and make beautiful cake toppers!
Gumpaste can be molded into almost anything you can imagine. Beautiful flowers, funny cartoon and many different styles of cake borders.
Buying Or Making Gumpaste
Gumpaste is relatively easy to make, but you can also purchase it as well from almost any cake decorating store. You can also purchase it in colors too now which saves on quite a bit of time if you're making a lot of small characters, say for cupcakes or cakes.
If you want to make your own gumpaste here's a simple recipe that's easy to use.
4 cups Confectioners' Sugar, sifted (reserve 1 cup for later)
1 Tablespoon Gum Tragacanth (or Gum Tex)
1 Tablespoon Liquid Glucose
1 Packet Knox Gelatin
4 Tablespoons Warm Water (or 3 Tbs warm water + 1 Tbs lemon juice)
Directions Pour the water (or water and lemon juice) in a large bowl and add gelatin slowly. Stir until gelatin is dissolved in the water.
Stir in glucose slowly. You may need to microwave 20-30 seconds or heat on the stove with a double-boiler to get glucose to melt.
Add 3 cups of confectioners' sugar (also known as powdered suger) and gum tragacanth. Mix well. I use a mixer with dough hook.
You'll end up with a soft, sticky dough. Store dough in a well-sealed plastic bag at room temperature overnight (if possible) for it to set.
Knead in the remaining 1 cup of powdered sugar and it will become soft and pliable - no longer sticky. Add more powdered sugar if it continues to feel sticky.
Gumpaste Tips and Techniques
*Store your gum paste in a large ziplock bag while working with smaller pieces of it (or keep in bowl and cover gum paste surface with a wet towel.) This will help keep it from forming a crust.
*Gumpaste can be kept in the refrigerator for up to 6 months and even longer in freezer.
*When coloring gumpaste be very careful to not use too much color gel or paste otherwise it can change the consistency of the gumpaste. Knead in tiny amounts at a time.