When decorating cakes you will need a type of a glue that you can use to stick your decorations onto your cake. The types of glues that we use are very simple to make and you will save some money by not having to buy them from your supplier.
There are two types of glues that we use. Firstly we have sugar glue which is the primary one we that use for everything such as making sugar flowers, figurines and also when covering a cake. You can also make tylose glue which has a slightly runnier consistency. We don`t recommend using tylose powder when making flowers as it doesn’t tend to stick as well and also shows white sugar patched upon drying.
Sugar glue/ sugar syrup
1 cup of white sugar
1 cup of water
In a saucepan combine sugar and water. Bring it to a boil until the sugar has dissolved. Once it is boiling, reduce the heat to a simmer and let it to cook for 5 minutes. Allow to cool and place into small containers. (This will give you a thickened consistency syrup ideally for cake decorating). If you notice that your glue has crystalised after it has cooled, just add a small amount of boiling water until all the crystals are dissolved. Store it in the fridge in an airtight contained for up to 30 days.
Edible Tylose glue
1 cup of water
¾ teaspoon tylose powder
Bring the water to boil. Remove from heat and add tylose powder. Stir every 5 minutes until it is fully dissolved. ( it may take you 15-20 minutes). Store it in the fridge in an airtight contained for up to 60 days.
When using either glue as an adhesive between fondant and ganache (as seen in our sharp edge fondant tutorial) its best not to dip the brush into the main batch as the chocolate will contaminate the glue and affect its shelf life. The best way to avoid this is to pour a small amount of glue into a seperate container which will be just enough to brush over your ganache. Sugar glue is also a great adhesive to cover your cake board with fondant as seen in our covering a cake board tutorial.
Finally, you can also used cooled, boiled water to use as an adhesive if you cannot make any of the above glue recipes. While just water alone may not be suitable for more delicate work such as sugar flowers, it will still be sufficient as an adhesive before adding fondant to your cake. We hope this post is helpful to all you cakers out there!