Possible To Add Gum Trag To Pre Made Fondant?

Decorating By pastryjen Updated 20 Oct 2007 , 1:25pm by sugarlove

pastryjen Posted 18 Oct 2007 , 2:58am
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I made some MM fondant to make a bow for a cake on Saturday. I procrastinated and realized that it might be better off to add some gum paste to it. I don't want to mess up the burgundy colour by mixing in some gum paste so can I just add some gum trag powder?

Thanks in advance

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ceshell Posted 18 Oct 2007 , 5:29am
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I have often used gumtex in my fondant, and always added it after the fondant was made, since I didn't want gumtex in the whole batch.

Presuming gum trag is roughly the same as gumtex (which is gum karaya...don't ask me what the difference is, I have no clue!) you should be fine, just knead it till your hands are about to fall off.

pastryjen Posted 18 Oct 2007 , 11:55am
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Thank you, thank you, thank you!

beachcakes Posted 18 Oct 2007 , 12:50pm
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I use tylose powder all the time in fondant. I'm sure gum trag is similar!

pastryjen Posted 19 Oct 2007 , 1:01am
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I had gum tex as well so I added about 2 tbsp to 1 lb of MMF. It's not drying real well icon_sad.gif . I need it for Saturday. Any opinions on what I should do would be really helpful!

(I'm making a tied ribbon bow)

Thanks anyone!

beachcakes Posted 19 Oct 2007 , 1:12am
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Can you put it under a fan? Air circulation seems to help. Or place it under a gooseneck lamp for a few hours? Be careful = not too close or it will scorch!

Drying time will depend on the humidity. If it's raining, it will take longer.

ceshell Posted 19 Oct 2007 , 3:49am
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If you have a gas oven (the kind where the pilot stays lit all the time) you can place it in there w/the oven OFF to help speed drying time.

I know gumtex works, I added it to fondant for a "gift box lid" and also a tied ribbon bow, I'd say the bow took at least a day...how long have you allowed it so far? (Also you do need to still support the loops while drying, in case that's what you mean by it's not drying well.)

Hang in there, maybe tomorrow will bring you a nice dry bow?!

Cookies4kids Posted 20 Oct 2007 , 12:11pm
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I use 1 tsp. of Tylose to 12 oz. of MMF ( i only make Rhonda's Ultimate MMF) as directed on the Wilton site. I just knead it in after the fondant is finished and it works really well for me. It should really sit overnight before you use it as it seems to set up better. I color it before using the Tylose powder. When you go to use it, it seems really hard, but I just put it in the microwave for a few seconds and be sure to grease my hands with Crisco before working with it.

sugarlove Posted 20 Oct 2007 , 1:25pm
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Sorry no one has clearly answered your question. Gum Tragacanth, gumtex, and tylose are all different with different properties. I have never added gum tragacanth to fondant so I don't know how it would react. You'll just have to try some so see how it works. I have added the other two (tylose and gumtex). I guess for economical reasons that's why the majority have used tylose and gumtex because I think gum tragacanth would be too expense especially when you don't know what the outcome will be.

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