Piping gel is often used to give cakes the glass effect such as the stain glass cakes. When you need to create water for swimming pool cake or the water for the water fall in my jungle cake..
You can buy ready made piping gel at most cake decorating stores. The first time I needed to use it I couldn't find it at my local cake decorating store and so went in search of a recipe.
There are various recipes to make piping get. I do not know where these recipes originate or who should be credited because they are all over the internet. I found one on Cake Central and the other on ehow.com.
Note : Piping gel will never dry hard like Royal Icing. It will dry soft more like a gummy bear type. If you touch it will still be tacky.
I personally prefer to use this recipe though it is a bit more expensive than the second recipe. It dries better than the second recipe and I personally think the gelatin and corn syrup is tastier.
2 tbsp gelatine
2 tbsp water
2 cups light corn syrup
Clear flavoring - Vanilla, almond, rose....
Dissolve gelatin in the water for 2 minutes
The benefit of this recipe is that it is cheap. I personally do not like the taste of strong lemon it has. It does not dry, but stays tacky unlike the first recipe with gelatin that dries soft like a gummy bear.
1/3 cup granulated sugar
1 tbsp cornstarch
1/4 cup lemon juice
1/4 cup water
Dissolve the cornstarch in 2 tbsp of water. Place the sugar, remaining water on low heat and stir until all the sugar has dissolved, Add in the lemon juice, cornstarch mixture. Stir until thick and creamy. Switch off and set aside. Once cooled use as desired.
I hope this recipe helps those that live in places where piping gel is not available in stores. In my next post I will share with you my Stain Glass cake inspired by Mondrian Art.
Until then, happy cake decorating.
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