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A lot of people ask me all the time about Edible glue. So here is some information on it. Edible Glue is basically used to glue Fondant, Gumpaste, or pastillaje.


Is it right to use water as glue? The answer is yes. Certain details can be glued with a brush and water, but you have to keep in mind that water is not alcohol based, so it doesnt dry as fast. If you put too much,

you will have a real slippery mess.

So, the question is how much is needed? Think about when you clean a table with a moist towel. That's about how much water is needed. Small details like stripes, dots and other things like that will be fine to glue with water.

Next we go to Edible Glue with a little bit of more substance. Why would you need it? Maybe a heavier piece, or a more intricate detail. For example a small swag on a cake or some fondant swirls. And this type of glue is used for making gumpaste flowers as well.
For Edible Glue I start by breaking small pieces of gumpaste into warm water, and letting them dissolve
for 15 minutes. You can decide how thick you want your gumpaste to be by how much gumpaste you
add to the water. Or if it's too thick, just add more water.

The other type of glue is based on Tylose powder. For this, you can take a 1/2 cup of hot water and
add 1/4 teaspoon of tylose to the water. Stirr it well to dissolve and allow to cool. Stirr often while it cools
down.
Both of these you can store in an airtight container, like a small tupperware or a baby food jar. For a longer
shelf life store them in the refirgerator. They can last from 30 to up to 60 days.
Some people will use eggwhites for gumpaste flowers as a glue. But if you are not comfortable with raw eggwhites, just know you have other options.
Hope this helps!
Until next blog..tata!
Edna :)

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Comment by Edna De la Cruz on February 12, 2011 at 10:24pm
Thanks Daisy!
Comment by Daisy Brown on February 12, 2011 at 5:29pm
Just wanted to stop by and say hello to one of my favorite cake decorators :).
Comment by Edna De la Cruz on June 26, 2010 at 4:08pm
Anytime!

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