When you're decorating a cake with the works — we're talking gum paste, edible sequins, sugar flowers , appliqués — you need something to make all those ornaments come together. You need something with magical powers. You need ... edible glue.
Granted, "edible glue" doesn't sound delish, but it definitely gets the job done. And it's way better than water, which is too weak to handle all the stuff you're adding to the cake. Edible glue rules.
The best part is, you can easily make edible glue at home. Let's start with two different recipes for edible glue, then talk about how to use it for different types of cake decorations.
How to Make Edible Glue
Recipe No. 1
- ¼ cup warm water
- ½ teaspoon tylose powder
Combine warm water and tylose powder in a small container. Stir until the tylose powder gets completely dissolved.
Recipe No. 2
- ¼ cup warm water
- Marble-sized ball of gum paste
Combine warm water and gum paste in a container. Use a fork or small whisk to break up the ball of gum paste so it dissolves completely. You can also just set the container aside and let the gum paste dissolve on its own.
Using the Right Amount
Don't overdo it! Fondant and gum paste will start to dissolve if you use too much edible glue. You can always add more if you need it, but you can't take it away once it's in there. Too much glue can also make your fondant or gum paste pit or tear.
Attaching Fondant or Gum Paste
When you're attaching fondant to fondant, gum paste to gum paste, or fondant to gum paste, brush only one of the sides. Let the glue set up a bit and become tacky before you bring the two pieces together. Edible glue is also great for adding fondant appliqués, swags, small bows or other light decorations.
Working with Sugar Flowers
When you're making a wired sugar-flower petal, dip the end of a cloth-covered wire into edible glue, then insert it into a freshly rolled and shaped gum paste petal. Let the glue and petal dry completely (usually overnight) before using it.
You can also use a dab of edible glue to attach dragées or edible pearls to a cake.
Brushing Edible Glue on a Fondant-Finished Cake
Let the glue set up until it's sticky before you dust the cake with edible glitter, sanding sugar or gelatin sequins. If you don't wait for the glue to get tacky, it can end up dissolving all your pretty decorations — tragedy.
Storing Edible Glue
You can keep your leftover edible glue in a nail-polish bottle (believe it!). It's the perfect container, since it comes with a handy built-in brush and will keep your glue airtight. You can buy empty nail polish bottles online or at beauty-supply stores.
Edible glue lasts up to three months in the fridge. If it thickens too much, just add water (a little at a time) until you get the consistency you want.