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YEA!!  I have a new recipe to share!  Just made it today, so will have to wait to see if it changes, or loses it's shine, in any way.  Just could not WAIT!  This is a result of watching the DecoGel tutorial.  Was that just yesterday??! lol

Any & all comments are welcome.  Everything is always subject to change.
 
Homemade 'GEL for Decorating Cakes' Recipe
 
    2 envelopes (1/2 oz.) Knox Gelatine
1/4 cup water
1/4 cup glycerin, WARMED
    1 tsp-heaping, glucose/clear corn syrup
1/6 tsp coconut oil
1/4 tsp, or more, of any flavoring, use clear extracts for clear results     
       any color to desired hue (optional-recommended!).
 
Combine gelatin & water, microwave 20 seconds.  Heat another 20 seconds if needed.
Stir WARM glycerine in well.
Stir in glucose well.
Add in coconut oil, flavoring, and desired amount of color(optional), and stir well.  Microwave another 20 seconds.  It is ready.
 
Easiest way to fill a mold with fine detail is with a syringe, tiny hole in a piping bag or baggy, etc.... 
Can use a silicone or any flexible cup to pour mix into a less detailed mold.  Do not overfill, can move mix around in the mold with a toothpick to fill smaller cavities, but this must be done quickly, or it will begin to set, same as with isomalt.  If it sets too fast, just use the skewer to place a drop or 2 of mix where needed to complete the design. 
Can refrigerate a few minutes to speed up setting process.
Totally edible too.  
 
A few more things about this recipe.
This stuff is very soft & flexible, yet quite strong.  It is nice & glossy.  If you use a syringe & keep the mix in the mold cavity, even the holes in the lacy ones will be as they should be!
 
I flavored mine, this first batch, with almond, but only used 1/8 tsp.  When I tasted it, even with the almond in it, it was pretty bland.  So I doubled the amt. for the recipe above, but you may want even more.  Experiment!  A nice cherry flavor, like that of Jello, would be nice for red, a lemon for yellow, and maybe an apple, mint, or watermelon, for green.  Can add extra sweeteners if desired, just make sure they are melted/combined well.  Maybe increase the amount of extract/flavoring? 
 
If you want it a little thinner, just use less gelatin, or add a wee bit more water.
 
I did the clear ones first.  For the colored 'gummies' in the picture above, I cut the leftover, setup, mix into smaller pieces & remelted it, put a little into 2 separate cups, added a little red to one, and a little yellow, (using the same red dye stick-a definite NO-NO!), to the other. It worked very well as you can see.   I use a wooden skewer to stir my mix, it can be left in the bowl while in the microwave for less mess, keep it in a baggy, & it can be reused over & over. 
 
Everything in the pictures came from one batch, and you can see the leftovers sitting on top of the lid with the skewer stuck in it.  Plus the little teeny bit of yellow that I pulled out of the little white silicone cup.  Bought that cup for pouring isomalt, works perfect here too!  Same principle.
 
Forgot to add that cleanup for this recipe is a breeze.  Just let it cool in the cup, or container, then just lift it out, all in one neat little piece!  Just throw it back in the bowl, & put on the lid, to be remelted later for reuse.
 
I'm going to have to put up a PayPal donation site, as part of my retirement fund!  For this, and my Food Safe 'Mold' Recipe. lol, & lol!

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post #2 of 33
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UPDATE!!
I just finished remelting the remainder of the first batch, sprinkled on a teeny, tiny bit of grape Kool-Aid, stirred it in, and WOW! The color was intense, almost black, and the flavor was terrific.  I DO recommend using Kool-Aid, quick easy, cheap & VERY effective way of getting both color, and flavor!  Can't wait to try Cherry!  But apparently, a little goes a longggg way with this stuff!

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post #3 of 33
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We have a NEW NAME for the recipe:

 

'GummyGel' For Decorating Cakes Recipe

 

I kinda like this one better...lol

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post #4 of 33

Thank you so much for sharing all your hard work!!!!  

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post #5 of 33
So is it like gummy bears?
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dreamacres, you are quite WELCOME!!  And thanks!  Bonnie

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post #7 of 33
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Originally Posted by morganchampagne View Post

So is it like gummy bears?

Hi Morgan!

It is like a Fruit Snack, only much, much easier to chew!  Not nearly as hard, in fact, not hard at all.  But the gummy part, and the flavor, when using koolaid at least, is there.  It tends to melt in the mouth.

As is, it is bland tasting.  It is not real sweet, but you can add a sweetener if you wish.  I probably will try just that the next time I make it.  I was lucky, in that the very first batch I made, turned out just the way I had hoped.

It does not have any confectioners sugar, so does not have that candy 'feel', in the mouth, to it.

Hope this helps.  If you have edible glycerin, & coconut oil, try it.  I am sure you will like it. Here's hoping!!  Please let me know?!

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post #8 of 33
Ohhhhhh im going to try it and report back! Im probably going to just eat them. They wont make them to a cake. I.loooooooove fruit snacks!
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 Hi everyone,
 
This youtube tutorial is about the product that I was trying to make, when I made my 'GummyGel' for Decorating Cakes Recipe.  This will give a fuller idea of the properties I was trying to incorporate, & what you can & cannot do with the stuff.  With this tutorial you can decide just how close I came to the 'real deal', as they say. lol
 

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post #10 of 33

The inventor has struck again!!!  Have you put this on icing or fondant to see if changes?  Would you attach it with water?
I love how excited you get - :)

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post #11 of 33
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Originally Posted by JWinslow View Post
 

The inventor has struck again!!!  Have you put this on icing or fondant to see if changes?  Would you attach it with water?
I love how excited you get - :)

I don't have a cake ready to try it on!

But, the DecoGel video will show about what it does.

In the 'DecoGel by IcingImages' video, they say to attach it with more melted mix, not water, because it might start to dissolve.  Also, that heat will soften it, which I found out by leaving it in the sun, in the car, when taking it to my sister for her opinion, for what it's worth! lol!

When using the KOOL-AID to color, and flavor it with, you just might have a little more chance of the color leaching into your fondant, not sure.


Edited by blwilley - 3/16/14 at 8:38am

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post #12 of 33

If we don't have coconut oil, can we use something else in its place?  What happens if you just leave it out?

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post #13 of 33
I made them yesterday!! It works pretty good I have to say! I think it would be very pretty as a border or something...in the video they make some kind of wall paper thing with it.

I didn't get any pictures...as promised I ate them lol. I flavored them with cherry kool aid. Very very tasty. I had a thought also. For people who dont like fondantthis ccould be great! I do worry about color bleeding...I'll have to expirement
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If we don't have coconut oil, can we use something else in its place?  What happens if you just leave it out?

Coconut oil is used as a solvent.  I do not know, have not tried another oil, or just leaving it out.  If you do either, or both, and it works, please let me know.   

And thanks in advance!

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I made them yesterday!! It works pretty good I have to say! I think it would be very pretty as a border or something...in the video they make some kind of wall paper thing with it.

I didn't get any pictures...as promised I ate them lol. I flavored them with cherry kool aid. Very very tasty. I had a thought also. For people who dont like fondantthis ccould be great! I do worry about color bleeding...I'll have to expirement

THANK YOU for such a glowing feedback!  I was hoping you would like it. 

As to the wall paper effect, I think the stickiness of the gel, when spread on the sugar design on the paper, and left to set, probably at least several hours-or overnight?, just picks up the design off the background paper.  If you have it, and try it, let us know!  Remember to always warm it just before pouring, will have a few seconds longer to work with it that way, before it starts to set up.

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