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How to make edible glue

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edible glue

There are various types of edible glue; such as royal icing, gum paste/water mixture, melted chocoloate, piping gel etc.  Which glue you choose depends on each individual project.  I would use royal icing to fasten the pieces of a gingerbread house together, for example, as it tends to be a strong adhesive.

My favourite type of sweet glue is made with tylose powder.

I’ve adapted the following tylose glue recipe from Bonnie Gordon’s School of Cake Decorating and Design . (Smaller quantity).

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Ingredients/Equipment used to make edible glue:

  1. 1/4 tsp tylose powder
  2. 2 Tbs warm water
  3. paintbrush
  4. small bowl or container
  5. fork


Instructions on how to make edible glue:

  1. Put 1/4 tsp of tylose powder in a small bowl or container.
  2. Add 2 Tbs of warm water and stir with a fork to break up the Tylose lumps the best  you can.  (The mixture will look lumpy; this is normal).
  3. Cover and put it in the fridge overnight.
  4. When it has set, the glue should have a syrupy consistency.  If it’s too thick, add water or too thin, add more tylose powder.
  5. Use a paintbrush to apply the glue for precision.

When the glue is ready, it will be transparent.  It’s for this main reason that I prefer tylose edible glue for most of my projects…  It’s much easier to see mistakes with royal icing ‘glue’ than it is with this recipe!

Happy glueing!!


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  1. April 18, 2017 at 3:07 pm | Permalink

    Does tylose stick to buttercream as well as fondant

  2. Karen Wallace
    December 9, 2018 at 3:00 pm | Permalink

    What is tylose powder?

  3. January 8, 2019 at 9:11 am | Permalink

    Edible glue
    I have heard that there is a recepie with glucolse
    would you have that recepies
    Michel Danis
    Décor Gateaux Mtl

    • marian
      January 9, 2019 at 4:29 pm | Permalink

      Hi Michel,
      I’m sorry I don’t.

  4. Sunita
    January 24, 2019 at 11:53 pm | Permalink

    Hello Ma’am, how can we preserve tylose and for long long?? Also we stay in hot and humid place.

  5. Adriana Gutierrez
    August 8, 2019 at 7:24 am | Permalink

    1. Is this glue clear?
    2. Can this be made with CMT powder?

  6. Adriana Gutierrez
    August 8, 2019 at 7:31 am | Permalink

    I am making a lace decoration for a Colombian Black Cake. Will this glue work on an unfrosted cake?

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