Nicholas Lodge Gumpaste Recipe Cake Tutorial

Nicholas Lodge Gumpaste

Learn how to make my favorite gumpaste recipe by Nicholas Lodge. Perfect for making beautiful sugar flowers. This gumpaste dries very fast, makes very thin petals and is very strong.

Course Dessert
Cuisine American
Keyword gumpaste
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 10 minutes
rest ovenright 23 hours 20 minutes
Total Time 15 minutes
Servings 2 lbs
Calories 1839 kcal



  • 2 lbs powdered sugar
  • 2-3 tsp vegetable shortening
  • 12 tsp Confectionary Arts tylose powder Make sure the 12 tsp are level (30 grams)
  • 4 egg whites fresh egg whites are best



  1. Add 4 egg whites to a stand mixer bowl.

    Mix the egg whites for 1-2 minutes using a paddle attachment to break them up. You must use a paddle attachment.

    break up eggs for a few seconds in stand mixer
  2. Pour all the powdered sugar in except for about 1 cup.

  3. Mix the powdered sugar and egg whites at medium-high (about 6 or 7 on a Kitchenaid mixer) until you get a royal icing consistency.

    thick royal icing
  4. Sprinkle the tylose into the royal slowly until the mixture starts to clump.

    turn speed up to high until mixture thickens
  5. Remove from the mixing bowl.

  6. Put shortening on your hands and knead until consistent.

  7. Knead in more sugar if it's too soft or wet. It will feel spongy and have a pocked look, that is normal.

    spinkle powdered sugar onto your work surface
  8. Place gumpaste in a zip-lock bag and then put into the refrigerator overnight to mature. This step is mandatory.

    wrap in plastic wrap in a sealed plastic bag
  9. Bring to room temperature before use. Knead until smooth with a bit of shortening on your fingers.

Recipe Notes

Tips: always store gumpaste in the fridge while not in use in an airtight container so it does not go bad.

You can freeze it if you're not going to use it for a long time.

Last for 6 months or longer in the fridge.

Bring to room temperature before using.

Put a little shortening on your hands and knead it onto the gumpaste until it's smooth and satin-y before you roll it out to make petals to prevent cracking.

Nutrition Facts
Nicholas Lodge Gumpaste
Amount Per Serving
Calories 1839 Calories from Fat 45
% Daily Value*
Fat 5g8%
Saturated Fat 1g5%
Sodium 108mg5%
Potassium 97mg3%
Carbohydrates 452g151%
Sugar 444g493%
Protein 6g12%
Iron 0.3mg2%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.