Stiff And Tight Gumpaste

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

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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.

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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.

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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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