Tylo / Tylose Powder, Meri White, Gum Trag and Sugarcel….these are a few of my favourite things!

Like the beauty market there are so many powders and formulas on the market that you lose all sense of what they do! So here is a brief run down of what  a few of our most popular products actually do.

Sugarflair  Gum Tragacanth Powder Gum Tragacanth is a natural gum that you can use toSF_gumtrag__MED make the modelling paste for your cakes.

Gum Tragacanth also known as Gum Trag is a natural product that adds strength and stretch to sugar products. Can be used in modelling paste, flower paste and pastillage.

Knead in 1 teaspoon of gum into 225g (8oz) of sugarpaste, the gum needs time to work before the paste is used. You will begin to feel a difference in the paste after an hour or so, but it is best left overnight. Keep completely airtight to prevent drying out.

sf_sugarcel_MEDHowever there is also Sugarflair Sugarcel CMC. Gum tragacanth substitute. Sugarcel CMC, is an excellent gum trag substitute which costs much less than the equivalent Tragacanth powder. CMC tends to be much firmer to work than Tragacanth but dries good and hard. It does have the advantage of being whiter than the Gum Tragacanth version.

Use CMC to make the modelling paste for your cakes. Knead in 1 teaspoon of gum into 225g (8oz) of sugarpaste, the gum needs time to work before the paste is used. You will begin to feel a difference in the paste after an hour or so, but it is best left overnight. Keep completely airtight to prevent drying out.

You can also mix CMC with water (cooled boiled water is best) to make a good home made edible glue.

Tylose tends to be much firmer to work than Tragacanth but dries good and hard. It does tylohave the advantage of being whiter than the Gum Tragacanth version.

Use tylose to make the modelling paste for your cakes. Knead in 1 teaspoon of gum into 225g (8oz) of sugarpaste, the gum needs time to work before the paste is used. You will begin to feel a difference in the paste after an hour or so, but it is best left overnight. Keep completely airtight to prevent drying out.

You can also mix tylose with water (cooled boiled water is best) to make a good home made edible glue. Approx 1 teaspoon of tylo mixed with approx 50ml of water, leave overnight and if too thick add a little water to thin out.

meri whiteFinally Meri-White is a great substitute for egg albumen in all your meringue and Royal Icing recipes. Unlike fresh eggs you get a very white finish and a consistent result.

1 tablespoon of Meri-White dissolved in 4 tablespoons of water gives the right mix for Royal Icing. Just add 500g icing sugar – mixed until a firm peak is achieved.

Hopefully this clears a few questions up. As always if you do have any questions we are around on Facebook and the live chat feature on our website.

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