How to make Edible Glue

How to make Edible Glue

Also called Gum Glue

Add 2 tablespoons of warm water to a quarter teaspoon of Tylose Powder and allow the Tylose powder to melt. Don’t worry if at this stage the glue appears not to be blending. Put a lid on the container and leave it in the refrigerator overnight and in the

morning you will have a perfectly clear and ready to use glue.


The glue should be a dripping consistency. If it is too thick, just add a little more water and stir with a toothpick .


The edible glue should be stored in the refrigerator when not in use.


To apply the glue, use a good quality paintbrush and brush on to the area where you are going to be working. Leave until it begins to dry a little so that the area is just tacky to touch.



47 Responses to “How to make Edible Glue”

  1. Beryl Hudson June 12, 2015 at 8:14 am #

    I have just ‘found’ out about Tylose it sounds amazing stuff…I have guar gum can I use that instead of the above mentioned ‘gums’? I used to decorate cakes 55 years ago and have not done anything now for 30 years, I offered to make my grand daughters wedding cake 😦 she is getting married next year, I am getting a little nervous about it, it’s been so long!! where I live now is semi tropical and I’m wondering about using an additive in the paste to help with the moisture in the air, tylose sounds good but…can I use guar gum?
    also I can’t remember, but how will I ‘keep’ the finished cake until it’s needed – in the fridge?

    • The Sugar Lane September 23, 2015 at 4:25 pm #

      Hello to you Beryl..

      Great to hear you are going to give cake decorating another go….dont worry my friend you will do GREAT!! I have never used guar gum…I will do a little research on that next week and see what I can find out and then give you another reply then…And YES, you will keep the cake in the fridge until the wedding.

  2. Katherine March 1, 2015 at 8:27 pm #

    How else can you make edible glue with supplies at home.

  3. Tannya August 21, 2014 at 2:28 am #

    Is tylose powder good for marshmellows figurines?

  4. Rabia Hassiem-Waja August 19, 2014 at 2:33 pm #

    Can i use the Cmc to make the edible glue as well

  5. Victoria July 7, 2014 at 11:26 pm #

    I shall try this!!!

  6. nikki June 4, 2013 at 2:34 pm #

    i am making a sand castel cake for my sons 1st birthday. what can I put on the 3d cake to make the (sand) stick real good?

  7. Lil Miss Kris April 18, 2013 at 12:03 am #

    Do you have a recipe for gumpaste? I’m so confused about all of the ddiffrent recipes!

  8. Victoire Isabelle Harrow December 4, 2012 at 12:07 pm #

    Can I replace the Tylose powder with gelatin? I cannot find it in Indonesia.

    • The Sugar Lane February 26, 2013 at 9:55 am #


      I have never heard of anyone replacing Tylose Powder with Gelatin….I do not think it would work very well. Tylose Powder can be ordered online if your able to do that!

    • Matthew June 27, 2013 at 8:45 pm #

      can it be heated up?

      • Callista Aggeliki Athinaiti October 11, 2013 at 2:00 pm #

        I guess it can be

  9. Helen Louise Mckellar September 23, 2012 at 10:20 pm #

    sorry from england what is tylose

    • The Sugar Lane October 27, 2012 at 3:25 pm #

      Helen Louise

      Tylose Powder is a gum ingredient that is added to fondant to strengthen it and allows it to dry quicker.

  10. mariette September 8, 2012 at 5:27 pm #

    hi there can i add tylose to royal icing to make it hard? i don’t have corn suryp? i need it for biscuits

    • The Sugar Lane September 20, 2012 at 10:54 pm #


      To be honest I do not believe that this is something that will work, tylose is for making your fondant stiffer and to help it dry quiker, sorry i did have better news for you on this matter!

  11. brendan May 17, 2012 at 2:34 pm #

    where can i get tylose or cmc powder? micheals, walmart, or meijer? thanks.

  12. Lisa January 24, 2012 at 10:52 pm #

    Hi there,

    Great post, just what I was looking for. I have mad this edible glue on 2 occasions now and it’s been great.

    But, how long does it keep for in an airtight container. I’m using a small airtight vitamin bottle to store in the fridge after as I never use all of it. How long do you think it’s safe to store after making?

    Thanks in advance.

    • The Sugar Lane February 16, 2012 at 11:27 am #

      Hello to you Lisa!!

      I have kept my edible glue up to a month before throwing it out and starting with new.

  13. Carla October 23, 2011 at 8:02 am #

    Do i add tylose powder before or after i colour my fondant? will the fondant stay soft after i add tylose powder if i store it in a airtight container?

    • The Sugar Lane November 26, 2011 at 4:06 pm #

      Carla it really does not matter, just a personel preference when to add the color to your fondant. It is up to you!
      Once fondant is stored that has tyose powder in it may harden a bit during storage but just use your hands to knead it and soften it up.

  14. trololol October 5, 2011 at 2:42 am #

    can you use flour instead of powder?

    • The Sugar Lane October 20, 2011 at 2:31 am #

      Trololol………..No flour would not really work at all.

  15. Marilyn Dmello September 11, 2011 at 2:12 pm #

    Hi Donna,
    I am from Mumabi – India, In Mumbai we do not get Tylose or CMC for making gum paste, can Gum tragacant be used. Secondly the Gum Trag we get here is a little cream in colour so how do I make my Gum Paste white using gum trag. Please can I get a recipie of Gum Paste using Gum Tragacant

    • Nanthi November 22, 2011 at 10:09 am #

      Hi Marilyn,

      I hope you must be making fondant for your cakes. Take little fondant and dissolve this with little water (thick pouring consistency) and use this as glue. Keep this refrigerated.

      Enjoy decorating!

    • Divya July 8, 2013 at 5:10 am #

      Hi Donna,
      I live in Hyderabad – India … I use CMC pwd.. Its available in the supermarkets… Try a big supermarket.. u should be able to get it there…

  16. christine August 21, 2011 at 5:37 pm #

    Does the edible glue made with tylose powder and water have a taste?

  17. jonahkhriss! July 27, 2011 at 3:00 pm #

    how about if i don’t have any Tylose there anything to substitute it?.

    • The Sugar Lane September 14, 2011 at 3:03 am #

      You can also use cmc powder as well it is pretty much the same thing!

  18. patricija July 7, 2011 at 4:58 pm #

    wouldnt icing sugar and a little bit of water work ?

  19. Mars October 22, 2010 at 8:49 pm #

    You know; you can just use marshmellow cream; this is a ton more work that takes about 12 hours longer… but if you want you use this specifically, this is a great recipe.

    • Elise January 11, 2011 at 9:15 am #

      hi i like your video very much,

      can i check with you after applying the royal icing on the cake it take how long to dry up and put on the fondant? How will the icing dry? Outside to let it dry itself or in the fridge?
      I love to do decorating of cake but i have no idea to start from where.

    • Carol K. June 1, 2011 at 7:01 pm #

      Can you share this recipe with me? I want children to paste fruit loops on cardboard to make rainbows.

  20. jeanette August 24, 2009 at 11:57 pm #

    Hi! I’m from Puerto Rico, i like to know for a recipe to make “ice cubes” to put on the top of a cake. Thanks for your help.

  21. Cleone McCreery August 11, 2009 at 1:17 am #

    How much does this recipe make of the mm fondant?

  22. virgie l.inskeep May 18, 2009 at 3:57 pm #

    Hi Donna,

    I would like to know if you give, how to, instructions for any of your cakes specifically the coach cake.


  23. Roger May 11, 2009 at 12:49 pm #

    Hi Donna,
    I just wanted to ask you about Gum Tex by Wilton, We only have 2 craft stores where I live so I bought the gum tex. Every place I read everyone uses either Tylose or CMC I don’t know what CMC is. I have the recipe for glue gum “wiltons” but they use meringue powder and warm water then place in a tight closeing jar in frige. over night which I did the Glue gum is white is how it should look? I did”nt want to use it until I asked the “Queen of Sugarpaste” Please let me know so I can get to working on some fun… Roger

  24. anna calleja May 3, 2009 at 6:10 am #

    Hello I saw your video showing how to make gumpaste using tylose.when i make gumpaste i use carboxy Methyl Cellulose.CMC Am i doing the wrong thing

  25. The Sugar Lane February 27, 2009 at 10:14 am #

    tylose powder is a gum ingredient that is added to fondant or gumpaste to enable it to dry, it also helps in areas that have high humidity too. When it is added to water it thickens up. Michaels Crafts does not carry it, I purchase it at online.

  26. Donna November 25, 2008 at 4:08 pm #

    I want to make a Christmas tree using red, white and green M&Ms. I am looking for edible glue and I keep seeing the words “Tylose powder” – what is it and where can I find it? Michael’s has never heard of it. If it is not easy to find, is there another way that I can make edible glue? Thanks for any help – Donna Verret

  27. Amanda November 14, 2008 at 11:42 pm #

    I am currently making a bus cake for a friend’s tour company anniversary party and decided to do the decals and windows to the bus out of gum paste and the bus itself would be covered in marshmallow fondant (I find living in Georgia, the marshmallow is easier to work with.) I was going to use Royal icing to attach the decals and windows. Do you think the Edible Glue would work better? I would be up for any suggestions. I am a little stressed with this cake and with all the time I put into the decals I want them to stay on the bus.
    Thank you for any input!

  28. Donna Lane November 14, 2008 at 9:02 pm #


    I have never heard of those books, but I really appreciate you letting me know about them, I always get excited about learning new things so I will have to take a trip to the library. Thanks again Sara for your kinds comment and the great book tip!!


  29. Sara November 8, 2008 at 4:36 am #

    You have great little gumpaste figurines. Have you ever heard of the book Clay Characters for Kids by Maureen Carlson? She has great figurines and your styles are very similar to each other. It is a book I enjoyed learning new techniques from and I think that you would enjoy them too.

  30. manal November 6, 2008 at 6:35 am #

    hi you work is verey profesional i hope that i can learn from u ??? how u can help me to make my dream came true


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