How To Make Tylose Or CMC Edible Gum Glue

Tylose or CMC is the gum that makes fondant or gumpaste firm. I used a ton of it when I was doing wedding cakes because I made my own fondant.

You can also use it to make a quick gum glue that’s good for making gumpaste flowers.

how to make tylose gum glue

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How to make tylose gum glue.

  1. Put 2 Tbsp of distilled or boiled water in a small lidded container.
  2. Sprinkle 1/4 tsp of Tylose or CMC over the surface of the water. You’ll think that isn’t enough, but it is!
  3. Cover the container and shake it up, or stir it with a fork or a paintbrush. Try to break up any lumps as much as you can.Leave the container to absorb overnight or for a few hours at least.
  4. If the edible glue is too thick to spread with a paintbrush, add a little more water and stir it to thin it out.

What to use tylose edible glue for.

The best use for tylose or gum glue is to attach fondant to fondant, or gumpaste to gumpaste. I used a lot of gum glue when I was making gumpaste succulents that were made in layers. 

Flowers like daisies that are made by cutting out shapes and attaching them in layers can be put together easily with gum glue. It’s stronger than using plain water, and it grips really well.

Here’s an example of how you can use it to make wired flower petals: How To Make Wafer Paper Hydrangeas

Gum glue could also be used to attach wafer paper to chocolate or royal icing, but since it doesn’t have a sweet flavor, it would probably be better to use piping gel or corn syrup if you’re decorating cookies.

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