Easy Vegan Gum Paste Recipe: No Gelatin, No Eggs

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Gum paste is a versatile edible dough used for creating decorative elements on cakes, cupcakes, and other pastries. It’s known for its smooth, pliable texture that allows for intricate details and dries to a sturdy finish. Traditionally, gum paste recipes rely on gelatin for structure. This recipe offers a fantastic alternative, achieving the same results without gelatin.


Vegan Gumpaste Recipe  Sugar Flowers & Models
Vegan Gumpaste Recipe Sugar Flowers & Models

1 cup (240ml) granulated sugar

  • 1/4 cup (60ml) light corn syrup
  • 1/4 cup (60ml) water
  • 1 tablespoon (15ml) vegetable shortening
  • 1 teaspoon (5ml) gum arabic powder (also called gum tragacanth)
  • Confectioners’ sugar, for dusting

  • Instructions:

    1. Combine Wet Ingredients: In a small saucepan, combine the granulated sugar, corn syrup, and water. Heat the mixture over medium heat, stirring constantly, until the sugar dissolves completely. Bring the mixture to a gentle boil, then remove it from the heat.

    2. Add Shortening and Gum Arabic: Stir in the vegetable shortening until melted. Then, slowly whisk in the gum arabic powder until fully incorporated. The mixture will thicken slightly.

    3. Cool and Knead: Allow the mixture to cool slightly, around 10 minutes. Transfer it to a clean work surface dusted with confectioners’ sugar. Knead the mixture with your hands, adding more confectioners’ sugar as needed, until it forms a smooth, pliable dough that is no longer sticky.

    4. Wrap and Rest: Wrap the gum paste tightly in plastic wrap and allow it to rest at room temperature for at least 2 hours, or overnight for a smoother texture.

    5. Roll and Use: When ready to use, lightly dust your work surface with confectioners’ sugar. Knead the gum paste briefly to warm it up. Roll out the dough to your desired thickness using a rolling pin dusted with confectioners’ sugar. Use cookie cutters or carving tools to create your desired shapes.


    You can tint the gum paste with gel food coloring before kneading it.

  • If the gum paste becomes too dry or crumbly, knead in a tiny amount of water, a drop at a time, until it becomes pliable again.
  • Store leftover gum paste in an airtight container at room temperature for up to a week.

  • Nutrition Facts (per 1 tablespoon serving):

    Calories: 120

  • Fat: 0g
  • Saturated Fat: 0g
  • Cholesterol: 0mg
  • Sodium: 0mg
  • Carbohydrates: 30g
  • Sugar: 30g
  • Protein: 0g

  • Conclusion:

    This gelatin-free gum paste recipe allows you to create beautiful and edible decorations for your baked goods. With a little practice, you can create stunning flowers, leaves, ribbons, and other artistic elements to elevate your cakes and cupcakes to a whole new level. So, unleash your creativity and have fun decorating!

    Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs):

    1. Can I substitute the gum arabic powder with something else?

    Unfortunately, there isn’t a direct substitute for gum arabic powder in this recipe. It provides the structure and elasticity essential for gum paste. However, you can try using a combination of tylose powder (made from psyllium husk) and xanthan gum, which may offer similar results.

    2. Why did my gum paste crack?

    Cracks can occur if the gum paste is rolled out too thin or if it dries out while working with it. Make sure to roll it out to a thickness of at least 1/8 inch and keep a damp cloth nearby to cover the unused portion while you work.

    3. How long can I store gum paste decorations?

    Gum paste decorations can be stored at room temperature in an airtight container for several weeks or months. They will harden completely and become quite sturdy.

    4. Can I color the gum paste after it’s made?

    It’s best to color the gum paste while it’s still warm and pliable. This will ensure even distribution of the color. You can use gel food coloring to achieve vibrant hues.

    5. What can I do with leftover gum paste?

    You can store leftover gum paste for future use. Alternatively, you can use small amounts to create tiny decorative elements or even model small figurines. Just remember to keep it well-wrapped to prevent it from drying out.