I have been providing this recipe from a post by doobsd for sometime to other members. Thought it would be easier for everyone if it were in the recipe section. Want to give doobsd credit, though she didn’t post it.

Piping Gel That Works


  • 1/3 cup sugar
  • 1 Tbsp. cornstarch (cornflour)
  • 1/4 cup lemon juice
  • 1/4 cup water


  1. Whisk sugar and cornstarch (cornflour) in a small saucepan.
  2. Gradually add juice and then the water. Make sure there are no lumps.
  3. Stir over medium/high heat until mixture boils and thickens.
  4. Color as desired.
  5. Will last about a month or so in the ‘fridge.


luv2cook721 Says... 2010-03-10 23:12:36

Piping gel that tastes good too! Love this recipe. Makes a great smooth gel that I love to use for my stained glass cakes!

SugarBakers05 Says... 2010-04-14 13:42:51

is this icing sugar or regular granulated sugar?

bekita Says... 2010-10-16 10:59:52

Thanks for the great recipe! I used it for a swimming pool cake....looks beautiful. So easy and inexpensive to whip up, too.

mommyLena Says... 2010-12-06 09:31:32

Is it runny?

smfrickl Says... 2011-04-08 15:38:30

I made this last night and used it to fill in a pond but it ran a little down the side of my cake. My pond was in the corner of a sheet cake. I've never used piping gelt befor3e so I was wondering if this is normal?? It wasn't extremely thin or runny so what is the ideal consistencey? Also, I am not at all crazy about the taste...I don't like the lemon flavor. Besides the taste and the running it still looked good.

msichana Says... 2011-06-23 04:37:32

I have tried this recipe twice now and it just bubbles like crazy, never gets thick and turns brown. What am I doing wrong???

Raes_Cakes Says... 2011-08-02 19:13:21

This is awesome!! I used it to fill a pool and it looked awesome.

t0mkkhm Says... 2011-09-05 18:15:22

how much does this make? i need to make enough to cover a 1/2 sheet cake (swimmig pool) cake.

cath4cath Says... 2011-11-01 19:59:02

Thank you for that recipe! I love it! it worked pretty well for my Halloween decorated cupcakes! It's so easy, quick and cheap to do! And the taste is good!

lanisia88 Says... 2012-05-07 11:28:50

Is granulatred sugar used or powdered sugar?

SSCakery541 Says... 2012-07-05 19:10:29

I'd assume since she didn't state icing sugar or powdered sugar, and since you're boiling it anyway, it's just granulated sugar.

cakesalone Says... 2012-07-28 06:16:24

This worked great. I will never Buy Pipping gel again. Thanks for the recipe.

naturalcakemom Says... 2012-10-18 22:19:33

This is an amazing recipe - and quick. I needed some gel for a cake decorating class and I won;t buy the store brand junk. The teacher was amazed at how identical it was to the name brand 0- and all good ingredients! Yea! Thanks

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