Tutorial Tuesday: How to make gum paste

Gum paste and fondants are two different things. Fondants is softer and doesn’t dry hard. Gumpaste will dry and harden to create decorations that really hold up.
You only need a few things to make gumpaste.

-1 tablespoon of gum-tex
-1 table spoon of glucose
– 4 cups of sifted powdered sugar
– 4 table spoons of warm water

Wilton makes gum-tex and glucose which you can find at almost any craft store’s cake decorating aisle.


First, sift together THREE cups of the sugar with 1 tablespoon of gum-tex into a large bowl.

Next, you’ll want to make a well in the center and set it aside.

Next, mix one tablespoon if glucose with 4 tablespoon of warm water in a glass container.

I had to scrape my tablespoon out with another spoon to get it all in there.
Now stir it a bit and pop that in the microwave for 30 seconds.

Then pour it into your well.
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Now start mixing from the center with a silicone spatula. Much like when you make dough, incorporating the liquid into the dry ingredients a little at a time.
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Once you’ve almost reached the edge of your dry ingredients, add any food coloring you’d like to add.
Then continue to stir and mix until you can knead your mixture.
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Keep kneading until your gum paste becomes a satin finish, pliable ball.


Now seal it tight in a ziplock bag and let it sit for 8 hours or over night at room temp.

When you’re ready to use it, mix in the last cup of powdered sugar and knead well.

I’ve already had great results with my Cricut cutter!

As always… Happy caking!

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