What Is Glycerine Used For?

Baking By leannedash Updated 30 Dec 2010 , 10:31pm by auzzi

leannedash Posted 7 Oct 2010 , 12:05am
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I bought some Wilton glycerine at the craft store because i remember reading about it on here....just cant remember where and what recipe i wanted to try??/lol
Maybe fondant?
WHAT IS THE BEST AND EASIEST MMF recipe for a beginner....just wanted to know ur opinions...
making a cake next week and want to cover in fondant...any ideas will be greatly appreciated icon_lol.gif

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Sugarflowers Posted 7 Oct 2010 , 3:10am
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Glycerin is used to add stretch and pliability to fondant. It can soften stiff fondant without causing it to be sticky. Glycerin is also great for softening gumpaste. It will also thin dried Wilton jar food colors.

As for MMF, I don't know which recipe to suggest. Look in the recipe section and try the top rated recipe. You may have to play with it to get it to the consistency that you like.



gscout73 Posted 7 Oct 2010 , 3:25am
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I prefer to add a little to fondant than to heat the fondant up in the microwave to get soft. That actually makes it worse, not better. Glycerin is awesome.


bobwonderbuns Posted 18 Dec 2010 , 3:24pm
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Thanks for that explanation, I was unclear on the whole glycerin thing too! icon_biggrin.gif

diamonds-and-rust Posted 19 Dec 2010 , 8:12pm
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I use Mac's Moms buttercreme MMF in the recipe section on this site...it uses glycerine and it makes the MMF very easy to work with. HTH!

Rendee Posted 22 Dec 2010 , 5:36am
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Is there another place besides craft stores to get glycerine, i.e drugstores?? I get tired of running to the store everytime I need some.

butterlove Posted 22 Dec 2010 , 7:19am
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This isn't cake-related but if you ever have an extra bit of glycerine left you can use it to make bubble mix for the children.

# 1/2 gallon of water
# 1/2 cup dishwashing liquid (Joy or Dawn works best.)
# 1/4 cup glycerine

1. Mix ingredients together in a wide container.
2. If using immediately, try not to agitate the solution. Foamy solution does not make the best bubbles. If the solution become too foamy, wait for it to settle.
3. Find straws, tea strainers, funnels, sieves, etc. for making bubbles. Dip these in the bubble solution.
4. Blow or wave bubbles into the air.
5. Store any leftover solution in a a close-able container. The bubble solution will get better with age.

(From Suite101: How to Make Your Own Bubble Blowing Solution)

I've tried it and it really works well.

You can also use your leftover glycerine to moisturise any rough bits on your elbows or knees.

MadMillie Posted 22 Dec 2010 , 9:17am
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I also use it when my Wilton food coloring gets gooey. Put a drop or 2 in and stir it with a toothpick and it is like new.

auzzi Posted 30 Dec 2010 , 10:31pm
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GLYCERINE is mainly added as it retains moisture [as a humectant] which prevents excessive hardening. Minorly, it works as an emulsifier to provide lubrication that improve "smoothness", and it helps prevent deter crystallization.

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