Tylose Glue Recipe

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Homemade tylose glue recipe (also known as sugar glue) is a great, food-safe option for use with fondant and gum paste cake decorations.

Whether you are creating custom cake toppers, attaching polka dots to a fondant covered cake, or even adhering sprinkles to a fondant border, this is a popular go-to glue for cake decorators.

*Updated 3/2022

How to Make Tylose Glue

Tylose glue creates a stronger bond when working with fondant or gum paste than "glue" alternatives like water, corn syrup, or even piping gel can provide.

As an added bonus, it couldn't be easier to make--that is, assuming you have tylose powder on hand ;0)

What is Tylose Powder?

Tylose powder is a hardening agent that is used not only in making our glue today, but it is often used in homemade gum paste recipes.

I also use it all the time in figure modeling for cake toppers, etc. Kneading a bit of tylose powder into plain fondant will result in a more pliable consistency which dries faster and firmer-- much like gum paste.

(1-3 teaspoons of tylose powder per pound of fondant is a good rule of thumb, just adjust a bit more or less depending on the softness of the fondant).

Tylose Glue-Eyeballing it...

You may have noticed in many of my videos, I'll just throw a little tylose powder and a few drops of water into a bowl and mix it up quickly right in the moment that I need it.

Although this technically works in a pinch, it isn't the best way because the consistency won't be as nice as if you were to measure the tylose and water, mix it in advance, and allow to fully dissolve.

Using a Recipe...

Our friend Teri, aka MsGF, was nice enough to write up her favorite proportions of tylose powder and water for creating tylose glue, along with photos.

The resulting tylose glue is a perfectly smooth, clear gel that can be kept in small jar for whenever you need it. Hooray for being organized!

Tylose Glue Recipe

I will post Teri's step by step below, which includes her favorite "small batch" tylose glue recipe as well as the proportions for a larger recipe. (Find the full, printable recipe card at the bottom of this post)

½ tablespoon distilled water (room temp)  you can also use boiled water/tap water

1 level Pinch of Tylose Powder (1/16th tsp)  I use my handy Pinch Spoon

  • Here are the key players...The little container is from the Dollar Store, it holds 35ml (2 tablespoons). By the way, how cute is the 1/16 teaspoon "pinch" spoon?!)
How to Make Tylose Glue
Tylose glue
  • First, add the water to the clean, dry container. Next, add the tylose powder. (This is ½ tablespoon of water and level pinch of tylose).
Tylose Glue Recipe

Stir the tylose and water together with a toothpick.

Tylose Glue

Next, put on the lid and let it sit.

Tylose Glue for Cake Decorating

Within an hour the tylose will be dissolved. You can see that there are still tiny air bubbles but the tylose powder is dissolved.

It is fine to use it at this point, just give it a little stir first with a toothpick.

Tylose Glue

Tylose glue

After leaving overnight, it becomes perfectly clear and has a nice consistency.

Tylose glue

Teri noted that she keeps her tylose glue at room temperature with her cake decorating supplies and uses it over a 2-3 week period. Some decorators also keep theirs in the refrigerator.

You will know when it is time to make a fresh batch when it is no longer clear. Simply rinse out the container and make more!

Larger Recipe for Tylose Glue

2 Tablespoons Water

¼ level teaspoon Tylose Powder

Tylose Glue Recipe

How to Make Tylose Glue

This is a great little edible glue that we often use when working with fondant and gum paste decorations. It is clear and can be made with tylose powder and water.


  • ½ tablespoon distilled water (room temp) you can also use boiled water/tap water
  • 1 level Pinch of Tylose Powder (1/16th tsp)
  • *See notes for larger batch


  1. Add the water to a clean dry container.
  2. Add the Tylose powder on top, and give it a little stir with a toothpick. 
  3. Put on the lid and let it sit. Within an hour, the tylose powder will have dissolved, although it will still have tiny bubbles. It is fine to use at this point- just give it a little stir with a toothpick. 
  4. After sitting overnight, the tylose glue becomes perfectly clear and has a nice consistency. 
  5. It keeps for 2-3 weeks at room temperature. You can refrigerate also. You will know when it's time to make a new one as it will no longer be clear. 


For a Larger Batch of Tylose Glue:

2 Tablespoons Water

¼ level teaspoon Tylose Powder

Storing Tylose Glue

You can keep the freshly made tylose glue at room temperature for 2-3 weeks.  You will know when it's time to make a new one when the color is no longer as clear.

Tips for using Tylose Glue

Teri passed along a few more hints for working with tylose glue:

Less is more when using tylose glue.  You don't need to cover the back of the whole item to be glued.  It will stick.

If you accidentally use too much and it oozes out from behind the fondant, I use a dry brush to pick up some and wipe it off on a paper towel then use a dry clean paintbrush with cornstarch and put some cornstarch on the wet spot, let it sit. 

After it's dry (one hour +/overnight) I use a big fluffy brush to wipe off the cornstarch and it's barely noticeable.  That's my fix.


Thanks so much for stopping by today! We hope that you fill give this quick and easy tylose glue recipe a try. Thanks again for sharing your tips and favorite proportions with us, Teri!

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  1. Hi Nilda-- We always use pre-colored red fondant out of convenience but yes, you can airbrush a white fondant cake red! Glad you are excited about our site ;0) -Hope you enjoy it!

  2. Is this a good glue to adhere fondant accents to a buttercream cake? Also, should I use a crusting buttercream? Thanks in advance!

  3. Is the suger glue products natural or do they have chemical ingredients in them? What are the ingredients in these products?

  4. Hi Melissa,
    Does "tsp" in "1/4 tsp. CMC powder or Tylose Powder" mean "teaspoon" or "tablespoon"?

    Thanks a lot!

  5. I'm new to your members and fairly new to decorating with fondant. When recently needing a "glue" and having no source for tyloose powder, meringue powder in a little water worked wonders as a glue for my fondant roses.

  6. Hi Gayle, That is a great tip!! Thank you so much for posting, I'm sure your information will be helpful to many members of the site.

  7. Hi! Would this glue be strong enough to hold up heavier pieces on fondant cakes? I've tried using water and piping gel in the past to hold up Ruffle pieces and other heavier pieces but they just slide off and leave me with a slimy ugly mess! :(

  8. Hi Melanie, The sugar glue is good for holding up light pieces, it is more like piping gel. For heavy pieces on fondant, I think you would have success using melted chocolate or candy melts.

  9. Hello,

    Love you website - I am making high heel cupcakes for my granddaughters sweet 16 (75 of them) and wanted to know the best edible glue to use to attach the heel (which us a cookie) to the sole (which is a cookie as well) .. I tried icing and it really didn't hold to good. Meringue powder and water seem to worked best but wanted to know if anyone had other suggestions. Thanks!

  10. Hi Josephine, I would try either royal icing (thicker consistency that can be easily piped) or melted candy melts.