How to make effective gumpaste

Gumpaste is an essential part of cake decoration. This is used for making many figuring and models. Here I am going to share the best way to do this.

For that you need:

  • 1 lb confectioners sugar (about 4 cups)
  • 1/4 c water
  • 1 Tbsp unflavored gelatin (powder/sheet)
  • 1 Tbsp clear corn syrup


Put water in a saucepan and sprinkle the gelatin over the water. Let gelatin soak for about 5 minutes or until it starts to look foamy.

Add the corn syrup. Stir slowly and heat mixture over low heat, stirring until gelatin has dissolved and mixture is clear.

Pour into a bowl containing confectioners’ sugar. Mix together until you can no longer mix; there will be quite a bit of sugar left in the bowl.

Dump mixture out onto confectioners’ sugar dusted work counter and knead until the mixture no longer sticks to your hands.

Use immediately or store the paste in a plastic bag with all the air pressed out. This paste dries quickly, so keep any part you’re not using covered. This gum paste makes very strong sugar pieces, but they can be brittle.

Store flowers, figures, structures in a cool dry place protected from accidental bumps until you place them on the cake or cake board with edible glue.
I use my gumpaste figuring for decoration of various birthday cake and event cakes.
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Toni (White Crafty Cakes) ...

Thank you so much! I’ve been wanting to try making my own gumpaste!!

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Deborah, I think you missed out an ingredient – the gum (either tylose powder or cmc or gum tragacanth). It is the gum, that actually gives the paste the much needed strength required for flowers and figures.

Deborahfel ...

I do not use gum. That gives a bitter taste. I rather follow this method.

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No gum! That is quite interesting!!

My Cakes ...

So the gum is not required in order for the paste to get hard ?
Will it take longer for the paste to get hard without any gum?
I would love to try this recipe…