Gum Arabic - Disaster!

Decorating By PatrysV Updated 18 Apr 2008 , 10:58am by Cakechick123

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PatrysV Posted 15 Apr 2008 , 11:45am
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I am new to cake decorating an someone told me that I can use gum arabic in stead of Tylose/cmc...which I then did and WHAT A DISASTER!! I made a Barney, about 8cm tall, and it didn't dry at all - and when I put it on it's bum to dry - it sort of sagged at the bottom!!!
Can anyone tell me how and for what am I supposed to use gum arabic?
The recipe I was given was:
500 grams fondant
15 ml gum arabic/tylose/cmc
30 grams fat
and 10ml egg white


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wgoat5 Posted 16 Apr 2008 , 2:53pm
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Im gonna give you a bump since this post was Tuesday.. hope you get your answer!! icon_smile.gif

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PatrysV Posted 17 Apr 2008 , 10:23am
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I googled it in the mean time, and apparently gum arabic is NOT a substitute for CMC! It is a kind of a gum you mix with water and use to paste fondant figures p icon_mad.gif

So, seeing that I struggled getting CMC, I ended up doing my Barney in plain fondant. It didn't come out to bad - I just uploaded the picture of my cake under Bitrhday cakes. thumbs_up.gif

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Cakechick123 Posted 18 Apr 2008 , 10:58am
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gum arabic is not the same as tylose/cmc.
I use gum arabic as a glaze, it makes fondant nice and shiny

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