Gumpaste or Tylose Gum Paste

  • Serves: Makes approximately 2 pounds
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Gum paste wreath by Flower Guy, Premium Member 

Gum paste orchid by Colette Peters, taken by Sarah Phillips

Gum based paste with a stiffening agent. Can be purchased ready-made. Gumpaste recipes vary but typically involve gum tragacanth, making it not as sturdy as pastillage. Because of the added gum, the dough is very elastic and soft, making it able to be rolled out thinner and worked with longer than pastillage. Both will hold up fairly well in humidity, but gum paste will soften slightly, as it will if it touches buttercream (because of its fat content) or is refrigerated. This recipe is adapted from Nicholas Lodge.

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