I made some edible gems out of poured sugar and they look lovely. I attached them to my fondant cake using water and they stuck fine; however, this morning I woke up and saw they had ALL slid down the cake and left water spots!! I can not use royal icing because they are clear and you would be able to see the icing underneath. Any suggestions? Please help cake due in two days!!
What color is your fondant?
what about gum glue(I think that's what it's called)? It's a mixture of tylose powder and water
When I make little gumpaste figures - I glue the pieces together with a 1/2 and 1/2 mixture of meringue powder and water - that always works really well. I've never tried it with sugar pieces though.
color the royal to match the fondant?
I will try the meringue powder and water and see if that works. Does it dry pretty clear? Since the gems are clear I do not want the color behind them to show. Thanks for the ideas everyone. Maybe piping gel? Does that dry like glue?
Piping gel...haven't done it...but, I bet it works. Good luck!
I think I read that attaching them with water can cause the sugar to melt and the gems to become cloudy. That might be why they slid down. I think someone had recommended attaching them with candy melts
Piping gel never completely dries
I think glue might be the best suggestion although I make mine with tylose and water. It's clear and it drys well
Yeah that was my only concern about piping gel. It stays sticky and may cause gems to melt or slide down again. I have tylos, so I may try making the glue with tylos and water. What are the recommended amounts for the tylos and water? I am trying to finish this cake for a cake o=competition in Austin, my fist, this weekend. We will be driving up to Austin on Friday and I have to make sure the gems don't fall or slide down. Thanks everyone for your help. Any of you all attending the That takes the Cake Competition?
I'm going to be a volunteer!
Using just water and just gel has NOT worked for me - they all slide. Even with royal icing they still had some movement. I would like to know if the water/tylose does the trick!
I will be trying it tonight after church and I will post whether or not they stay.
Add 2 tablespoons of warm water to a quarter teaspoon of Tylose Powder and allow the Tylose powder to melt. Dont worry if at this stage the glue appears not to be blending. Put a lid on the container and leave it in the refrigerator overnight and in the morning you will have a perfectly clear and ready to use glue.
The glue should be a dripping consistency. If it is too thick, just add a little more water and stir with a toothpick .
The edible glue should be stored in the refrigerator when not in use.
To apply the glue, use a good quality paintbrush and brush on to the area where you are going to be working. Leave until it begins to dry a little so that the area is just tacky to touch.
I found this online, can't remember where but it works great.
Thank you so much! I am definitely going to try this tonight.
Gum glue didn't work for me when I attached my gems.
What color is your fondant cake? Could you just make royal icing to match the color of your cake and glue them on with that?
I haven't had the chance to work with gems yet, I don't know how heavy they are. Maybe the gum glue needs to be thicker for gems, maybe adding a little more tylose would help.