I used this recipe for flowers or any other decorating idea which needed a fast drying gumpaste. Batch can be doubled or tripled.



  • 1 Lb Powdered Sugar Fine -10X plastic bag
  • 1 Packet Knox Gelatin
  • 2 TBS of Lemon juice
  • 3 TBS of Water
  • 1 Tsp of Glucose


  1. Add gelatin, water & juice over double boiler; dissolve about 5 to 7 minutes. Add glucose stir. Use a mixer with dough hook. Place sugar in mixer then add liquid mix until slightly together remove and knead. If it feels too sticky add a little more sugar. Wrap with plastic wrap and place in plastic bag, seal. Let rest over night.


mclaren Says... 2009-10-08 17:49:26

how many oz is one packet of knox gelatine? i don't use knox brand, so i need to know how much is in 1 packet of knox so i can substitute. thank you.

momsbakery Says... 2009-10-09 09:07:19

how long does this recipe last refrigerated?

bakingmama18 Says... 2009-11-15 09:27:26

I would also like to know how many ounces the Knox gelatin is, thanks

kellyhoffer Says... 2009-11-15 12:35:30

anyone know how to make pipeable gumpaste?

Darthburn Says... 2010-01-01 21:07:55

The packets I have, 32 to a box, are 1/4 ounce each. 32 packets totallying 8 oz for the whole box. They also come in 1 oz which has 4 packets... again 1/4 oz. (.25 oz) That is what I use to make pastillage... which is basically the recipe minus the glucose.

1-WhoamI Says... 2010-01-05 23:35:17

does this recipe work for high humidity weather conditions?

noahsmummy Says... 2010-02-01 01:25:36

how many tablespoons in a packet of gelatin?

thanks. =)

sweettooth622 Says... 2010-02-24 13:36:01

Can it still be made if you don't have a double boiler? Sorry, I'm still new at this and hope that's not a silly question. Thanks!

noahsmummy Says... 2010-02-28 22:08:20

a double boiler is just a metal or heat proof bowl that fits snuggly over a suacepan (sort of like a lid) put some water in your suacpan, put the bowl on top and boil the water on stove top. double boiler. =)

also interested as to how many T in a apck of gelatin?

Georgii Says... 2010-03-07 12:08:19

okay HELP!! I am having trouble finding liquid glucose, is there any substitute or do you have a suggestion on where I can get it. I live in BC, around the vancouver area.

Daphnie Says... 2010-03-07 14:56:51

Micheals carrys liquid glucose

CiNoRi Says... 2010-03-08 06:14:34

Liguid glucose is the same as light corn syrup (Karo syrup)

melamel Says... 2010-03-14 12:47:18

One packet of Knox Gelatin is a little over 1 Tablespoon

NottawaChelle Says... 2010-03-18 13:00:41

Bulk Barn also carries liquid glucose.

cara75 Says... 2010-03-30 20:41:15

I'm just making this and I'm wondering if there's a typo in the ingredients. It calls for a 1 pound bag of powdered sugar. My powdered sugar comes in 2 lb. bags, so I measured out 1 pound. It doesn't seem anywhere near thick enough. I'm wondering if the recipe should say "2 pound bag" instead.

cfpeoples Says... 2010-04-01 07:25:14

The do sell 1 pound of powdered sugar in a box. One pound is 4 cups.

amaranth320 Says... 2010-04-14 19:22:39

Can someone verify that I can substitute Karo syrup for the glucose in this recipe? I'd really like to try it!

jilld Says... 2010-04-20 11:53:10

I use Karo light corn syrup in this recipe instead of glucose. I also use much more than 1 pound of powdered sugar. I just add the pound then continue to add to it until its close to the right consistency. It seems to get much stiffer and expands after you let it sit. I love this because it has simple ingredients as opposed to off the shelf gum paste.

cfpeoples Says... 2010-06-10 07:24:58

On the bottle of Karo it says for ingredients "corn syrup and water" where on the ingredients of the tub of glucose it just says "corn syrup" and it is much thicker. So maybe add a little more karo, and cut back on the water????? I am going to try it out.

CakesByCharlene Says... 2010-06-11 00:50:15

i tried this recipe today. ive never worked with gumpaste before but i thought i would give it a try because this recipe sounds easy...my gumpaste is really hard and stiff, im used to working quickly with fondant so its not that i let it dry out. but its really stiff and i think i may have done something wrong, even though i followed the directions. is there anything i can add to soften it up a bit. thanks alot

teenybopper Says... 2010-06-11 17:54:05

How long is this good for. I wanted to know how far ahead I can start making flowers.

AudreysCakes Says... 2010-06-13 23:49:00

I tried this recipe twice on two different occassions and was not very happy with it. The first batch I made the past was very thick and dry and smells strange, I figured maybe I did something wrong and attempted once again on another day and again it did not work too well. It was dry and still had a strange oder, the lemon combo with the glucose in the double broiler smelled. I appreciate the recipe, but it did not work for me.

karlie2890 Says... 2010-08-03 19:36:21

This is my first attempt at making gum paste and it went very well. I followed the recipe exactly and it was easy for even a newbie to do. Thanks for the recipe!!

lisastella Says... 2010-08-13 18:17:59

@Audra33 I think the recipe 'smells strange' because of the Knox (gelatine). Knox has a strange smell to it when used alone and I believe the lemon is used to balance that smell out. When I make gelatine flowers and butterflies they have that funny smell too (they are made of gelatine and H2O) Correct me if I am wrong. HTH

imagenthatnj Says... 2010-08-30 12:45:07

Karo Light Corn Syrup is not the same as glucose. Glucose is very thick.

RTcakes Says... 2010-10-09 22:23:30

To the person who wants to know how to make pipeable gumpaste, you can use royal icing. It's pipeable and it hardens.

wibirtn Says... 2011-01-13 16:45:51

I'm also wondering how far ahead I can make the flowers and how to store them when using this recipe (do they need to be refrigerated?) I've never used gumpaste before, only fondant, but the cake I have to make needs a LOT of flowers and I'm hoping to make them over a 1 month period.

venus90210 Says... 2011-03-30 22:07:50

ok im super new at this i wanted to know where do you find knox gelatin? what stores ???im in california thanks

gingerpup84 Says... 2011-04-11 16:56:24

Venus- Knox Gelatin should be in any grocery store near the Jello. It is usually on the top shelf out here. Walmart, Target, etc. carry it, as well as all of the major grocery stores. I have also seen it online in jars, rather than the little packets. One packet is a bit less than 1 tbsp, so it is a bit akward with a lot of recipes!

kristiemarie Says... 2011-04-12 18:59:43

Tried this tonight. I did not use the whole bag of sugar and it was still very crumbly and dry. So I added an additional tbsp of water and worked it in. Now it's smooth but its very firm. I *think* that it's right...I've never actually worked with gum paste before so tomorrow night when I test it out I'll let you know how it turned out! Thanks!!

kristiemarie Says... 2011-04-14 05:35:33

It turned out ok. It cracked a bit but I think it was my fault for not kneading it well enough. So all in all, I think this a good recipe, with the doctored 1 tbsp added.

Phlee330 Says... 2011-05-19 10:58:28

I just made a double batch of this. I agree the smell in the boiler was a little yucky, but that's gelatin for you. The actual gumpaste was not that stinky and I prefer it to Wilton simply for the natural ingredients. I used a 2 lb bag since I doubled the recipe and ended up kneading in about 3/4 lb more just to get it to a soft enough to form a dough....I did have to scrape it off my hook and a little out of the bowl as it was still pretty sticky, but some additional kneading by hand with a sprinkling of powdered sugar resulted in a nice soft ball. I think for those getting a product that is too dry, humidity may play a role. You must remove the dough before it becomes a ball. Like I said, I had to scrape it out and finish kneading by hand, which is better because you can gauge the softness and pliability better yourself than your mixer. I have high hopes for this gumpaste. I am making a loop bow with it. My previous fondant loop bow never hardened enough, so I had to switch to gumpaste. Personally I would not substitute glucose for corn syrup. It is readily available online.

sanmarco5 Says... 2011-06-01 00:10:02

I use to make a recipe very similar to this and it was runny to start with, i usrme to pour it inti a container lined with plastic wrap and leave in fridge over night and the next day it was set and ready to use, just use to break off a piece and knead in some powdered sugar. I lost the recipe so happy i have found this. Thank you x

Phlee330 Says... 2011-06-22 11:44:55

I absolutely loved this recipe and is my go-to gumpaste from now on. My bows turned out perfect, hardened quickly and were easy to decorate with zebra prints from Lucks. A keeper. Sorry so many are having trouble with this one. I followed it to a T and it came out perfect.

GemmaR Says... 2011-07-13 15:26:21

Hi, would it be okay to leave out the lemon juice.?

Nellean Says... 2011-07-15 15:29:08

I don't have access to glucose right now can I use corn syrup?

lrlt2000 Says... 2011-08-18 20:17:26

This is my first experience with gumpaste, and I had no trouble with the recipe at all! I used corn syrup because I didn't have glucose, but I looked up on the internet that the substitution is 1:1. It came out perfect, with just a little over 1 lb. of powdered sugar. I will say that in my mixing bowl (I used the dough attachment) it did look a little stringy, like it wouldn't hold together for me to knead it. I will say if you are used to fondant, this might look like you need to add much more powdered sugar--but this doesn't stick to you as much as fondant would if it looked like this! I did have to muscle it out of the bowl with a scraper, but once I formed it into a ball, all I needed was a little powdered sugar on my hands and kneading/finishing was easy! THANKS! We'll see how it performs tomorrow ;)

Leikeilana Says... 2011-08-20 21:21:34

had a go with this recipe. We didnt use the hook and mixer, and we mixed in a bit of fondant. It was our first attempt and desperate too. It wasnt a perfect bow but at least we got it done. After all that hard work. My daughter takes two straws and makes holes in the fondant. Now we have to patch it. But its all good, we can fix it and it was our fault for placing it in arms reach for her.

I guess the next step after how to make gumpaste, would be how to make a bow...Im not allowed to take a photo of the cake, even though I think its beautiful. Being the perfectionist he is, he feels he can do much better.

akabowers Says... 2011-10-04 14:03:35

Corn syrup Flop! If you try this recipe I would highly recommend against using corn syrup. Admittedly this was my first attempt at gumpaste but it was a disaster. IF you decide to give it a shot with corn syrup I would suggest not letting it sit over-night and using it ASAP. When I first made the gumpaste it seemed fine but overnight it turned into a hard crumbly mess. I tried everything, shortening....water...microwave... nothing helped. I finally threw it away and bought pre-made roses.

Lovelyladylibra Says... 2011-10-22 00:37:10


funpets Says... 2011-12-02 18:52:08

what,h0rrible!!!!!!!!!!!!!!you dont necessary have to make a comment!if someone has taken their time to post a recipe(which they dont have to)to help others,i believe horrible wont lift their spirit.Besides,this is the best gum paste recipe,so easy,well formed and almost ready to use if you "follow the recipe"

PRNENA80 Says... 2012-03-05 09:43:59

This was so helpful I'm using this for my wilton class lets see what happens tomorrow : ) Turned out great Thanks

PetraK Says... 2012-03-07 23:49:25

Found this recipe when I was searching for a way to make my mmf harden and thought it sounded easy so I tried it and I must say - I'm absolutely blown away by the finished product! Followed the recipe to the letter, my only issue being I don't own a mxer, so I just dumped the icing sugar on my bench and kneaded it all together which i found easier as I could determine the consistency. Unable to wait overnight, I cut some off and played around with it and I'm extremely happy with how my models are turning out. Thank you SO much for sharing this. Incredibly cheap to make and a little goes a long way.

mclean Says... 2012-04-30 17:26:03

Can you use Tylose powder instead of the glucose in this recipe?

Artisticweddings Says... 2012-05-27 04:02:36

This is NOT a recipe for Gumpaste. Gumpaste includeS "gum" --thus the name. Either Tylose, or Gum Tex Karaya must be kneaded into the mix.. There is no stretch or pliability when the "gum powder" is not included. "Michaels" sells the Gum Tex or you can order Tylose online.

RainbowSprinkles247 Says... 2012-06-06 09:41:51

This recipe was incredibly easy to follow and the finished product was wonderful. Very pliable, dried fast, with no "cracking" issues. The only problem I DID have with it was when coloring the dough a dark color. When I tried to achieve a deep red, the dough lost its nice texture and became almost crumbly. However when working with the base white dough or lightly colored dough, I had nothing but success.

Phlee330 Says... 2012-07-12 17:51:20

I have been using this recipe nearly flawlessly for over a year now and have just recently heard of Tylos and had not considered adding gum tex to make it more pliable and stretchy....Thanks Artisticweddings for that tip...I will have to try it! I have found that it can be on the stiff (not dry) side and maybe gum tex will solve that for me :)

Flutterbug Says... 2012-08-08 19:51:38

For those of you that are new to gumpaste, and are having a hard time finding glucose, you should be able to get it at Michaels, some Hobby Lobby's your cake decorating supply stores and online. Still having trouble?? You might want to try this one. 1- 2 lbs bag of powdered sugar , sifted 4. Egg whites ( I use jumbo's or extra large) stringy thing removed. 12. Tsp of Tylose powder (flat)

Take 1 cup of your sugar and set aside. You may or may not need it, depending on humidity. Put the egg whites in your mixer bowl, mix on medium speed for about 10 sec. Reduce speed to slow, and add sugar a little at a time until it is all mixed in, ( except that one cup we set aside). In about 5 sec. add the tylose

Flutterbug Says... 2012-08-08 20:07:44

O.K. Don't know what just happened, let's finish this.in about 5 sec. add the Tylose powder, mix for 1 more min. Your mixer will start " bonking". Remove from bowl and turn on work surface. I usually put some powdered sugar ( from that 1 cup ) on the counter, so it won't stick so much. When you take it out of the bowl, I put some crisco on my hands and on my spatula, again so it does not stick too bad. Kneed until smooth, and you're happy with the consistency. Humidity sometimes plays a factor. Rub a little Crisco on your ball of gum paste, and wrap in plastic wrap. Put in freezer bag ( not the storage bags, cause they " breathe" , and leave in the fridge for about 24 hrs. Bring to room temp. before use. Hope this is helpful. It works great for me, hope it will for you, too.

Annie71 Says... 2015-08-03 23:00:45

Can vanilla be added to this?

icingonline Says... 2015-08-03 23:14:41

You will have to use clear vanilla or your paste will be an Ivory color.


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Annie71 Says... 2015-08-05 19:19:29

Thank you for your quick response icing online. I'm new to all this and wanting to learn all I can. Kinda a hobby. Can you tell me about how much vanilla to use? Thank you!

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