Gum Confusion For Gumpaste..? Please Help!!!

Decorating By supermama322 Updated 19 Nov 2009 , 4:32am by BlakesCakes

supermama322 Posted 19 Nov 2009 , 2:37am
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I really want to try my hand at a gumpaste flower this week for my friends birthday. All I have on hand is "Guar Gum" though, and all the gumpaste recipes I've come across use Tragacanth (sp?). Can I use Guar Gum instead??? Please help!!! Thanks in advance. icon_smile.gif

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BlakesCakes Posted 19 Nov 2009 , 4:32am
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Nope, don't think so. The gums used in gum paste are for creating stretch and faster drying. Guar gum is just a thickener, like cornstarch.

You can use Wilton Gum Tex or simply buy some pre-made Wilton gum paste or Wilton gum paste mix.

Actually, gum tex, cmc, or tylose added to fondant makes a nice gum paste. It's much quicker than using gum trag--that requires sitting for 12+hrs.


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