Gum paste is used for making flowers that dry hard. Especially for those used on wedding and special occasion cakes. They can be made in advance and stored until needed.
1 heaping tablespoon glucose
3 tablespoons warm water
1 tablespoon Gum-tex or tragacanth gum
1 pound sifted confectioners' (powdered) sugar (approximately 4 cups)
Heat glucose and water until warm. Mix Gum-tex with 1 cup of the sugar and add to glucose mixture. Mix well. Gradually knead in enough sugar until you have used about 3/4 pound.
Gum paste handles better when aged, store in a plastic bag at least overnight, then break off a piece and work in more sugar until pliable but not sticky.
Gum Paste decorations will last indefinitely. Gum Paste can be stored for several months in a plastic bag inside an airtight container.
Keep well-covered at all times.