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my gumpaste is falling apart and cracking!!

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I made a letter for the top of a cake due tomorrow and let it dry overnight. It's now cracking and part of the letter "M" hump fell off.... what is going on???

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post #2 of 13
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anyone?
post #3 of 13
I don't do gumpaste..
post #4 of 13
The more I think about it, the more I'm thinking you rolled it too thin? Do you think that's it?
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post #5 of 13
What type of gumpaste did you use??
post #6 of 13
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I just mixed it myself with the Wilton gumpaste powder....
post #7 of 13
If it's cracking, then it's probably too dry to begin with. If parts are falling off then you are handling it too rough before it is done drying. Proper gumpaste should not be so easily breakable, even if rolled paper thin. So I doubt that it is from rolling to thin. I do not recommend using gumpaste mixes if you're not very familiar with working with it. It's very easy to make it incorrectly if you don't know what it is supposed to feel like.
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post #8 of 13
What about a homemade gum paste made from powder sugar, corn syrup and gelatin? I made it just for a couple times and it worked well, but today I have a problem with a new batch I made. It is cracking horrible and figures coming out of mold looking absolutely awful (cracked, with holes like a sponge in places and wrinkled). Anyone knows what did I do wrong? Help pls!icon_cry.gif
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Originally Posted by TatianaS View Post

What about a homemade gum paste made from powder sugar, corn syrup and gelatin? I made it just for a couple times and it worked well, but today I have a problem with a new batch I made. It is cracking horrible and figures coming out of mold looking absolutely awful (cracked, with holes like a sponge in places and wrinkled). Anyone knows what did I do wrong? Help pls!icon_cry.gif

I think you need to add some glycerine to the mixture.  

 

Or make a batch using Tylose.

post #10 of 13
Thanks Norasmom ! I'll try it. Is glycerin or tylose gonna effect the taste of my gumpaste?
post #11 of 13

They shouldn't affect the taste of your gum paste at all.  Good luck!  Gumpaste can be tempermental.

post #12 of 13
add a little shortening to your gumpaste
post #13 of 13
Thank you so much Norasmom, for your advice! Glycerin worked like a magic.icon_smile.gif I am soooo so happy to have that little trick in my sleeve now:grin:
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