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Piping Gel That Works

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.

Comments (20)

Piping gel that tastes good too! Love this recipe. Makes a great smooth gel that I love to use for my stained glass cakes!
is this icing sugar or regular granulated sugar?
Thanks for the great recipe! I used it for a swimming pool cake....looks beautiful. So easy and inexpensive to whip up, too.
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.
I have tried this recipe twice now and it just bubbles like crazy, never gets thick and turns brown. What am I doing wrong???
This is awesome!! I used it to fill a pool and it looked awesome.
how much does this make? i need to make enough to cover a 1/2 sheet cake (swimmig pool) cake.
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!
Is granulatred sugar used or powdered sugar?
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.
This worked great. I will never Buy Pipping gel again. Thanks for the recipe.
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
Finally a gel that works and isn't runny...Wilton gels are getting to be too expensive...almost $7.00 a tub here...
Not keen on the lemon flavor also..Is there another substitute one could use for the lemon juice?
Does anyone know long will this stay 'wet' looking for. I made some piping gel from another recipe for my SOS Santa cake and it looked great for about 3 days and then it started to dry and crack. As this is a fruit cake I planned on using it for a table center piece for December.
Thank you, I have never used piping gel before, so dont what it should look or behave like, but the product I made using your recipe, worked really great and didnt taste bad either. Thank you.
Thank you for the recipe and will definitely give it a go.
Can anyone tell me if it dries to the touch so it can be used on cookies? Most cookies get bagged and Wilton piping gel wont set up enough to bag them so I can't use it.
Thank you for any help!
fantastic recipe.  worked really well!  i added a little extra corn starch to make mine less runny, but that is just a personal preference.  i imagine in small quantities it dries to touch, but in larger amounts (like for a swimming pool) it stays gel-ly (like a gel?)   Is that right?
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