Monday, September 17, 2012
How To Make Gumpaste
The gumpaste recipe below is Nicholas Lodge's Tylose Gumpaste Recipe. This is a great recipe that can be used in making beautiful and realistic flowers as well as figures. It holds color great and is a product that I know is reliable. I have found it to be more cost effective to make my own Gumpaste versus picking up a ready made package at the local craft store. I also like that this recipe makes a lot of gumpaste (2 pounds) so it will last you a while.
The Tylose used in this recipe is an alternative product to use in making gumpaste instead of gum tragacanth or gum tec. The advantage of the tylose is that the paste is less expensive,easier to make, holds up better in humidity, and is whiter in color.
Stand Mixer (a hand mixer's motor isn't strong enough for the recipe)
4 - Large Egg Whites
1 - 2 lb. bag 10x powdered sugar (8 cups)
12 - Level teaspoons Tylose (Available at Amazon.com) I use the CIA Tylose.
4 - Teaspoons shortening (Crisco)
Directions (makes 2 pounds of Gumpaste)
1. Place the egg whites in a Kitchen Aid mixer bowl fitted with the flat paddle.
3. Reserve 1 cup of the powdered sugar and set aside.
5. Turn up the speed to setting 3 or 4 for about 2 minutes. During this time measure off the tylose into a small container.
6. Make sure the mixture is at the soft peak stage. It should look shiny, like meringue and the peaks fall over. (If coloring the entire batch, add the paste color at this stage, making it a shade darker than the desired color.)
9. Place in the refrigerator for 24 hours if possible before using to mature the paste.
10. Before use, remove from refrigerator and allow the paste to come to room temperature. Take a small amount of shortening on the end of your finger and knead this into the paste. If you are coloring the paste, add the paste color at this stage.
I hope that this recipe and the pictures help you to make flexible and firm Gumpaste for all of your cake decorating needs. I hope that everyone has a blessed week. What do you love to make the most with Gumpaste?
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