Gum Paste

Gum Paste
  • Active time:20 minutes
  • Total time:at least 12 hours
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[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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  • 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


  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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