How to make fondant glue?
In my other post on the best glues to stick fondant decorations on cake, I talked about 3 types of glues that can be used to stick fondant.
This post is an extension of that post, and I am sharing here, step by step instructions on how to make the Sodium Carboxy Methyl Cellulose (CMC) Glue or also known as CMC glue.
CMC used in cake decorating often comes in powder form. It is commonly used in cake decorating particularly with fondant when making 3d figurines and shapes. This powder helps to stabilize fondant, enabling the formed shapes and figurines to set and hold their shapes better. This powder can be easily obtained in cake supply shops.
Not only is CMC used for making such decorations, it is also very effective as a glue to hold fondant pieces as well as gumpaste pieces together.
This glue has excellent drying and holding properties, making it the best glue for sticking large or heavy fondant decorations and for making gumpaste flowers.
And the good thing about this glue is that you can actually make it in advance and keep it for a few weeks (in an airtight container).
Things you need are:
For the purpose of this sharing, the exact amount of CMC powder and water I use are as follows:
And here is how to make the glue:
And your CMC glue is ready for use.
As I mentioned earlier, this glue can be made in advance and kept for a few weeks. If you notice the glue getting thicker, you can always add a bit of water to bring it back to the right consistency. There really is not hard and fast rule about the right consistency for the glue but you would definitely not want it to be too runny that it takes a long time to dry and does not stick well or too thick that you get lumps of it on your fondant.
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