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Gum Paste

Gum Paste

[Photograph: Lauren Weisenthal]

If you're into making dramatic decorations for cakes out of gum paste, you may want to consider making your own. This recipe requires a few special ingredients that are sold in specialty cake stores, as well as on the Internet. Find gum tragacanth here, and liquid glucose here.

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Gum Paste

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About This Recipe

Active time:20 minutes
Total time:at least 12 hours
Special equipment:stand mixer
This recipe appears in: Sweet Technique: Making Gum Paste Flowers

Ingredients

  • 4 cups confectioners' sugar, finely sifted (reserve 1 cup for later)
  • 1 tablespoon gum tragacanth (or Gum Tex)
  • 1 tablespoon liquid glucose
  • 1 packet Knox powdered gelatin
  • 4 tablespoons warm water

Procedures

  1. 1

    Pour the water in a large, microwave safe bowl and add gelatin slowly. Stir until gelatin is dissolved in the water.

  2. 2

    Stir in glucose slowly. Microwave 20-30 seconds to melt the glucose completely.

  3. 3

    Whisk together 3 cups of sifted confectioners' sugar and the gum tragacanth. Add gradually to the liquid mixture, stirring to integrate.

  4. 4

    Transfer the mixture to the bowl of a stand mixer fitted with a dough hook attachment. Mix on medium speed until a sticky, uniform dough comes together. Double wrap tightly in plastic, place in an airtight container, and allow it to sit overnight.

  5. 5

    The following day, knead the remaining 1 cup of sifted confectioner's sugar into the dough. Add additional powered sugar until the dough stops feeling sticky.

  6. 6

    Store gum paste double wrapped tightly in plastic and sealed in an airtight container.

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