How to Color Gum Paste

    by Contributing Writer

    Gum paste is a very versatile product used to decorate cakes. It is a type of fondant with the consistency of modeling clay. As you work the gum paste, it becomes softer. After shaping the paste to your specifications, the material dries firm to hold your design. While several companies offer gum paste in primary colors, to create custom colors, you must know how to color your gum paste.

    Things You'll Need

    • Gum paste
    • Food-safe plastic gloves
    • Food coloring
    • Toothpicks

    Knead the gum paste until it is soft and pliable. This may take several minutes if the paste has just been opened.

    Put on a pair of food-safe plastic gloves to protect your hands. You don't want your fingers to turn the color of your gum paste.

    Divide the amount of gum paste you will need to be colored. If you are working with several colors, make a ball of paste for each color. Make an extra ball of gum paste so that you have some white paste to mix back into your color to lighten any paste that has too much food coloring.

    Dip a toothpick into food coloring paste and then into your gum paste. Make sure it is a small amount. A little color goes a long way.

    Work the color into your gum paste by kneading the gum paste. Add the color in small amounts. It is very easy to add more color. To lighten the color, you have to add more white gum paste.

    You can also color your gum paste after it is molded by painting it. Gum paste dries very hard. You can mix the color with a little amount of water and paint the object with a paint brush. Some prefer to use alcohol like gin or vodka because the alcohol dries faster. Alcohol that is made from sugar, like rum, does not work as well.