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Homemade Gumpaste

Homemade Gumpaste


3 cups Icing Sugar
2 tsp Wilton Gum-Tex Tylose Powder
¼ cup hot water (hot and not boiling)
2 Tbsp Wilton Glucose
1 cup Icing Sugar
1/3 cup Cornflour


Put the 3 cups powdered sugar and the Gum-Tex in a bowl. Mix well.
Mix the hot water (not boiling, just hot) with the corn syrup until syrup is dissolved.
Add the water mixture to the sugar mixture and mix well until you have a consistent, sticky paste.
Lay a zip lock bag or a few layers of cling wrap inside a small bowl. This is to simplify pouring the paste in the bag.
Pour the gum paste into the bag.
Seal the bag well to stop any air from seeping in.
Place the sealed bag inside an airtight container and seal. Put the container in the fridge for not less than 8 hours. After that you will notice that the paste solidified and hardened.
After 8 hours:
Mix the powdered sugar with the starch (corn flour).
Sprinkle the surface you will use for kneading the gum paste with some of the powdered sugar and kneading the gum paste while gradually adding some of the powdered sugar mixture. Note: the exact amount of the powdered sugar mixture you need, will depend on the air temperature and humidity of the area you are living in.
You will need to knead the dough for about 4-6 minutes until you get a soft, pliable and easy to form dough. You will notice that the dough will become a little sticky which is exactly as it should be.
After that you can color your gum paste with food coloring. It is best to use non-liquid food coloring.

When Gum Paste is exposed to air it quickly dries and loses its pliability. So only work with the amount you need for the shape you are making and keep the remaining gum paste tightly wrapped in a plastic bag.

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