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How to Make Edible Glue for Next-Level Cake Designs

When you’re decorating a cake with the works — we’re talking gum paste, edible sequins, sugar flowers, appliqués — you need something to make all those ornaments come together. You need something with magical powers. You need … edible glue.

Granted, “edible glue” doesn’t sound delish, but it definitely gets the job done. And it’s way better than water, which is too weak to handle all the stuff you’re adding to the cake. Edible glue rules.

The best part is, you can easily make edible glue at home. Let’s start with two different recipes for edible glue, then talk about how to use it for different types of cake decorations.

How to Make Edible Glue Two Ways:

Edible Glue Recipe No. 1:

Edible glue lasts up to three months stored in the fridge. If the glue becomes too thick, just add water, a little at a time, until it reaches the consistency you need.

Ingredients:
  • 1/4 cup warm water
  • 1/2 tsp. tylose powder
Directions:

Combine warm water and tylose powder in a small container. Stir until the tylose powder is completely dissolved.

Edible Glue Recipe No. 2:

Ingredients:
  • 1/4 cup warm water
  • Marble-sized ball of gum paste
Directions:

Combine warm water and ball of gum paste in a small container. Use a fork or small whisk to break up the ball of gum paste, so that it dissolves completely. You can also just set the container aside and allow the gum paste to dissolve on its own.

5 Tips and Uses for Edible Glue:

1. Less is more!

Fondant and gum paste will start to dissolve if too much edible glue is used. You can always add more if needed, but it’s impossible to take away. Too much glue may also cause your fondant or gum paste to pit or tear.

2. Only brush one of the sides being adhered.

When attaching fondant to fondant, gum paste to gum paste, or fondant to gum paste only brush one of the sides being adhered. Let the glue set up a bit and become tacky before bringing the two pieces together. Edible glue is great for adding fondant appliqués, swags, small bows, or other light decorations.

3. Use edible glue for sugar flowers.

But when making a wired sugar flower petal, dip the end of a cloth-covered wire into edible glue before inserting it into a freshly rolled and shaped gum paste petal. Let the glue and petal dry completely before using, typically overnight.

You can also use a dab of edible glue when attaching dragees or edible pearls to a cake.

4. Brush edible glue directly onto a fondant finished cake.

Allow the glue to set up until sticky before dusting with edible glitter, sanding sugar, or gelatin sequins. Be sure to wait until the glue gets tacky so that it doesn’t dissolve what you’re working with.

5. Store your edible glue in a nail polish bottle.

It comes with a handy brush built-in and will keep your glue airtight. Brand new empty nail polish bottles can be found online or from beauty supply stores.

Whip that cake into shape! Learn how to make edible glue two ways. Great for adding glitter, pearls, appliqués, and more to your cake designs.

How to Make Fondant Glue

How to make fondant glue?

In my other post on the best glues to stick fondant decorations on cake, I talked about 3 types of fondant glues that can be used to stick fondant cake decorations.

This fondant glue post is an extension of that post, and I am sharing here, step by step instructions on how to make the Sodium Carboxy Methyl Cellulose (CMC) Glue or also known as edible fondant glue or CMC glue.

The CMC powder that is used in cake decorating often comes in powder form. It is commonly used in cake decorating particularly with fondant when making 3d figurines and shapes. This powder helps to stabilize fondant, enabling the formed shapes and figurines to set and hold their shapes better. This powder can be easily obtained in cake supply shops.

Not only is CMC used for making such decorations, it is also very effective as edible glue to hold fondant pieces as well as gum paste pieces together.

This fondant glue has excellent drying and holding properties, making it the best edible glue for sticking large or heavy fondant decorations and for making gum paste flowers.

And the good thing about this quick fondant glue is that you can actually make it in advance and keep it for a few weeks (in an airtight container).

Step by Step Instructions to Make Fondant Glue

Things you need are:
  • CMC powder
  • Water
  • A clean container to mix and keep the glue
  • A clean brush to mix the glue

For the purpose of this tutorial, the exact amount of CMC powder and water I use is as follows:

  • ¼ tsp of CMC powder
  • 2 tbsp water
And here is how to make the fondant glue:
  • Measure the CMC powder into a clean container with lid.
  • Next, add 1 tbsp of water and mix it with a clean brush.
  • Add the remaining 1 tbsp of water and mix well.
  • At this stage, you might see lumps of the CMC powder. See the image below. I am showing this against a black background so that you can see the lumps better. The lumps are perfectly ok at this stage.
  • Simply leave the glue aside for about 15 minutes to 20 minutes. The lumps will dissolve automatically. See image below. This is how the glue will look like after left aside for 15 to 20 minutes.
  • Give the glue one last stir with the brush. Remove brush and close the container with its lid.

And your CMC glue is ready for use.

As I mentioned earlier, you can make this edible glue in advance and keep it for a few weeks. If you notice the glue getting thicker, you can always add a bit of water to bring it back to the right consistency. There really is not hard and fast rule about the right consistency for the glue but you would definitely not want it to be too runny that it takes a long time to dry and does not stick well or too thick that you get lumps of it on your fondant.

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Learn how to make fondant glue with this step by step tutorial. It's super easy and makes awesome edible glue for your cake decorating projects.