Stiff And Tight Gumpaste

Decorating By practiceandpatience Updated 21 Jul 2011 , 1:10am by Lita829

practiceandpatience Posted 21 Jul 2011 , 12:45am
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How do I soften up gumpaste that is very stiff, not dried out, just very tight and not elastic?
(hope that makes sense)

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carmijok Posted 21 Jul 2011 , 12:55am
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I take a little shortening and work it in pulling and stretching it. It softens up pretty well that way. The heat from your hands helps too.

QTCakes1 Posted 21 Jul 2011 , 1:04am
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Yup, a little shortening. Have you tried Nick Lodge's gumpaste. It looks like concrete as your mixing it, but once you knead it, so nice and smooth and good stretch.

Lita829 Posted 21 Jul 2011 , 1:10am
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If you made if from scratch, try using a little less tylose next time you make it. I have a recipe that yielded incredibly stiff gumpaste that dried too quickly (the recipe that comes with the cake cricuit) so the next time I made it, I decreased the amount of tylose by 1/3 and it works perfectly.

Shortening works great for stiff store bought or other recipes that I have tried but didn't work so hot on the super stiff GP icon_sad.gif


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