Haniela's: Gum Paste Recipe

Wednesday, May 5, 2010

Gum Paste Recipe

I don't work with gum paste very often, but  when I need to make gum paste figures or simple flowers  I make the gum paste from scratch using this recipe:

Gum paste Recipe by Josefa Barloco (original recipe)

1tbl  Gum-tex
1 heaping tbl corn syrup/glucose/
3tbl warm water
1tbl lemon juice
about 1 lb.  sifted powdered sugar

  • In the small bowl mix warm water and corn syrup, stir until well combined together.
  • Add the gum-tex and lemon juice and mix together thoroughly.
  • Measure 3 cups of sifted powdered sugar into to a clean bowl.
  • Pour the mixture into the bowl with 3 cups powdered sugar.Using a wooden spoon  mix until you can work the mixture with your hands.
  • Continue adding remaining  sugar as you knead the dough. I use a large bowl and do the kneading in the bowl but if you prefer you can also knead it on the table top.  
  • When you first start working the mix it will look slightly yelowish /brown  but as you add more powdered sugar and knead, it will come together and will turn white. This may take several minutes.
  • Gum paste is ready when pliable and can be shaped without sticking to your fingers.
  • Divide gum paste into small balls, and wrap each ball with plastic wrap  then place the gum paste in a plastic bag and into the airtight container to prevent drying.
  • Store gum paste at room temperature for one week or refrigerate for up to 2 months.
  • Gum paste handles best when left to mature at least 8 hours before 1st using.
  • Re- work gum paste before using.


How to color gum paste
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Once you've made the gum paste recipe, you can tint it any color you desire, or divide the mixture and tint it several different colors. . Wear gloves when coloring gum paste.
To color gumpaste, apply small amounts  paste food color with a toothpick. Then with your hands, knead and work the color into the gum paste piece until the tint is evenly applied. 

I find that adding too much color at once makes the gum paste a bit sticky, especially if you are trying to achieve a dark shade. I add a bit of crisco/vegetable shortening when I see this happening and then I knead a bit more.
 
How to roll out gum paste
I use cornstarch and crisco/shortening when I handle gumpaste. When I'm rolling the gum paste I apply a touch of crisco on the rolling board to prevent sticking. I use a small silicone rolling pin. Once I cut any desired shapes that need to be worked with a ball tool or a tooth pick. I then use cornstarch to keep them from sticking to my mat.
Work with small pieces at a time to prevent drying and always cover leftover gumpaste to prevent drying as well.
 
Handling gum paste that has been sitting for a while
 When you remove gum paste from a plastic bag or covered container, you will need to re-knead it with your hands until it's soft and pliable once again. It may seem quite stiff at first. Add a touch of crisco if needed to help re- knead it.


Fondant/Gumpaste Suppliers(Tools, Cutter etc)

AHCake Design
The Baker's Kitchen
Cake Supplies Depot
Petal Crafts  
Bake Deco 
Global Sugar Art

 
Bow is made of Gum Paste

Animals, Tractor, Fence and Hay are made from Gum Paste





I used this gum paste to make the tools for my tooth cake

Spongebob Cake


Dora The Explorer - Figurines, rainbow made from Gum Paste


1st Communion Cake









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