Gum Paste Recipe
This gum paste recipe creates an edible modeling dough that dries more rigid than fondant. It's most commonly used for detailed accessories on fancy cakes... gum paste flowers, bows, and other decorations that need to hold their shape well, such as the gum paste roses on the cake to the right. Note: the cake itself is covered in pink fondant with gum paste flowers.
It's easy to learn how to make gumpaste. The hardest part is finding the ingredients (in particular gum tragacanth.)
What is gum tragacanth? Wikipedia says that Tragacanth is "a natural gum obtained from the dried sap of several species of Middle Eastern legumes of the genus Astragalus..., but I prefer to remember it as the ingredient that allows gum paste to remain maleable longer than pastillage (although not as long as fondant. It can be found at specialty cake decorating supply shops or online.
Tylose powder is an alternative for tragacanth gum. It's a little easier to find (you can buy tylose powder at most craft and cake decorating stores as well as online) and less expensive since it's synthetic (artificial) rather than natural. Gum tragacanth is the dried gum or sap from a plant that grows in the Middle East.
Once you have the "gum trag" it's really not very difficult to make your own gum paste. Here's the recipe I find the easiest and most consistent:
Gum Paste Recipe
Steps (how to make gum paste):
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Alternative Gum Paste RecipeHere's an even easier gum paste recipe, how to make gum paste using Tylose instead of Gum Tragacanth.
Steps (How to Make Gum Paste using Tylose Powder):
Gum Paste Storage Tips
Gum Paste Photos
For some inspiration on what to make out of gum paste, check out this fondant and gum paste photos page!!
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