Tylose Powder

Tylose Powder – A Must For Your Kit!

A really, really useful and money saving thing to have in your Sugarcraft kit is a tub of Tylose powder.  It has quite a few uses.  One of them is making your own edible sugar glue.  The particular powder that I used to use required a mix of one part Tylose Powder to 30 parts water.  You give it a good mix, put it in the refrigerator over night, and you have enough glue to last you a while! So you can imagine, if you were to use just one teaspoon of Tylose Powder at a time, you would make a lot of glue for your money, in comparison to buying the ready made stuff.

Another very handy use is to make fondant stiffer.  Sometimes when making models, or flowers with fondant, it tends to get quite soft, and doesn’t dry as hard as flower paste.  By adding some Tylose Powder, and working it into your fondant, you will find that it adds more gums to it, and it will dry harder.

So what do customers say about it? And what tips do they have?

The Good

Customers really appreciated the fact that buying Tylose Powder saved them money on buying both gumpaste and glue.  They were also impressed by the quality of this product.

Tips From Customers

For best results, knead in the Tylose Powder to your fondant and let it sit, covered, overnight.

For places with higher humidity, use more Tylose Powder in your fondant.

Experiment with the amount of Tylose Powder needed in your fondant – too little will not make it dry hard enough, and too much will make the fondant too dry, and will leave cracked and rough edges.

What is Sugarcraft?

So what is Sugarcraft anyway? Increasing in popularity all over the world, Sugarcrafting has long been popular in the UK and USA.  A recent upsurge of cooking, baking and cake decorating TV programs such as “Ace of Cakes” have made people more and more interested in creating artistic looking cakes for all occasions. The recent recession has also made it more viable to make your own cakes for special occasions rather than paying out a lot of money to have one made for you.

Some professionals, although making and decorating cakes for a living, would say that it is still more of a hobby than a business. The amount of time that is invested in making a delicate bouquet of flowers could be as much as 40-50 hours!  However, if you get hooked by the Sugarcrafting bug, the satisfaction that you feel when you have completed a work of art makes it all worthwhile!

What is Sugarcraft anyway?

Well, Sugarcraft can be described as three-dimensional cake decorating.  It covers a huge variety of styles, and includes characters and models made from sugarpaste or fondant, to amazingly lifelike and botanically correct flowers.

Fondant is usually used to cover a cake – and can be bought pre-coloured, or can be coloured to exactly the right shade, usually using colour pastes.  You can also use dusts in various colours to “paint” or brush colour onto your finished work.

Some of the most popular companies that manufacture Sugarcraft items are PME, Wiltons, Sugarflair, Orchard Products, FMM, and JEM.  You can buy a huge array of tools, boards, cutters, plungers, colours, pastes, dusts and much much more to make your work easier.  Although the initial investment may seem a lot, most of these tools will be used over and over again for years to come.  A good idea is to begin by taking a workshop or a class in the basics of Sugarcrafting, and a good teacher will teach you how to make the best use of your tools, and to get multiple uses out of your various cutters.