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Monday, December 29, 2014

Homemade Sugar Lace Recipe from Scratch

Sugar lace dominated the edible lace market for nearly the past decade!  It was an instant success as it allowed people to decorate cakes with very fine sugar that resembled delicate lace often seen on beautiful wedding dresses. Cake design entered a new realm! Sugar lace has the look of a flexible royal icing. It can be spread and then peeled from the silicone mold and draped around the contours of a cake. These pieces may be made in advance, stored air-tight to retain their flexibility, and used when desired. I tried a few recipes and this one was the winner.

You will need a Lace Mat

        Ingredients:
1/2 cup boiled water
1 Tbsp Tylose powder 
1 Tbsp powder sugar
2 Tbsp corn starch
1/2 tsp meringue powder/egg white powder
1/2 tsp liquid glucose 
1 tsp glycerin 
1/2 tsp white gel color or one of your choice color

*The water you use can affect the outcome. Your best chance is using distilled water. Avoid mineral, fluoride, or tap water.

Here is a Video I found on youtube. Its missing glycerin and that's really important for flexibility. 


1. Add tylose powder to boiling water and mix until clear.
 Use a hand mixer, it might take a bit of effort. Mix until its clear for the most part.
2. Mix in the confectioner sugar well.
3. Next, add cornstarch and combine. 
4. Mix in the meringue powder/egg white powder.
5. Add liquid glucose and glycerin. 


6. Add white gel color to the mixture.  
You can keep this mix in the refrigerator for a week. 
When you want to use it, let it come to room temperature and give a little mix.


 Here is a Video on how to spread it.
Spread the lace into silicone lace mold. 
I used a dehydrator set on 125 F. Dry for 25 min. For directions drying  with regular oven watch this Video.


















Then do a second coat. And dry it again about 30 min. Drying times will be different with various temps and humidity and different sized molds. You can air dry em too at room temp, but it will take hours.

To peel take out the end first.

Then use the spatula to help it come out, while bending the mold. 
When its out you can store it wrapped in to the parchment paper. Then place it in a ziplock bag. I had it stored for a few months.  And its comes out perfect. I paint it with silver airbrush color, used a regular brush. 
Enjoy decorating beautiful cakes! 
 If your sugar lace is too hard: To restore the elasticity, place a slightly damp paper towel on top. You don't want to do this for too long or you will destroy it. 



48 comments:

  1. mine is a blob of gel like stuff, HELP???

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    1. Hi Nicole,
      Is it too runny? I am thinking that tylose could be different. I buy mine at http://www.bakedeco.com/ . Did you try to dry it and see if it works?

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    2. it's too thick, gel like consistency instead of royal icing consistency. I let it dry and it got somewhat hard and curled up

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  2. Gel consistency is fine or you can add more water. You probably over dried it. Put a wet paper towel on it for a few min and it will be not as dry.

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  3. Dear Lea,
    thanks for this great tutorial. I tried it today and it worked fine, so I can create a pretty cake for my friends birthday on sunday. Hope it will stay flexible until then.
    Best regards from Germany
    Ulrike

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    1. Hi Ulrike,
      This lace will be flexible for many months. Just keep it in ziplock bag. It dries only when not covered.
      Thank you :)

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  4. Cómo sustituir polvo de clara de huevo por clara de huevo fresca, aquí en mi país no hay

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    1. Trate de hacer sin polvo de merengue / polvo de clara de huevo.

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  5. Buenos días, soy de Ecuador podría decirme cómo se llama el molde de silicona utilizado para este trabajo?

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    1. Hola, he pedido esto en Ebay http://www.ebay.com/sch/i.html?_from=R40&_trksid=p2057872.m570.l1313.TR11.TRC1.A0.H0.Xlace+mat.TRS0&_nkw=lace+mat&_sacat=0

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  6. Dear Lea,

    Thank you for your great sugar lace recipe. It works great! I was wondering if you could tell me where did you find your scroll lace mat that you use in this blog?. It would work great for my daughters birthday cake.

    Thanks
    T3

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    1. I found it on Ebay 1 1/2 year ago.
      http://www.ebay.com/sch/i.html?_from=R40&_trksid=p2057872.m570.l1313.TR11.TRC1.A0.H0.Xlace+mat.TRS0&_nkw=lace+mat&_sacat=0

      Enjoy!!!

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  7. Hi I tried it today but like some of the people on top, it was gummy like and when you try to scape out the excess on the mat it peels away. Do I have to let it rest for some time or what? please help

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    1. Hi, I use it right away. I notice that different tylose powder could be the difference. I order my tylose from bake deco.

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  8. hello I am going to try this recipe I have done one that is much the same but this one has glycerin does the glycerin make it a bit more flexible thanks for the recipe my name is esme

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    1. Yes, it does. I like how it turns out.

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  9. I've done some research on Tylose, as it's been the topic of discussion in some gum paste recipes. Wilton Tylose is not pure and is likely the difference. The online discussions I read said to stay away from it and buy professional grade tylose from a cake store (or online). I've got both and will give this recipe a whirl. The pre-made stuff is so expensive, I hesitate to use it.

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    1. Thank you for the info about tylose. I order my tylose from Bake Deco. It works great. My favorite part of this recipe that it does not dry hard. It's flexible after a few months in the zip lock bag. The premade mix did dry in week and it was crumbly.

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  10. I have the exact same lace mat as you and I cannot get it to come out without breaking! I don't think it dried properly though and I even had to go longer than it said to. The only difference is I used gum tex instead of Tylose. I really need this to work for my fair cake, please help!

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    1. Hi, Gum tex is different than tylose. I buy tylose at Bake deco on line. I used this exact recipe, that I posted for many times and it works great every time.

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    2. I really liked this recipe as it is so flexible the one thing I have done is dry it naturally until dry add another coat and dry and it came out perfectly thanks so much for the recipe

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  11. Can I use metallic gold airbrush paint by americolor to make it gold?

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    1. Thanks!! So I could simply add it in the batch I am mixing up? I have used this recipe before in white and black! Hands down BEST one out there! I am realllly needing some gold ones for a cake.

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    2. Yes, but I like to make grey for silver and beige for gold then brush gold dust on it when its all done. I mixed the vodka with gold dust. Or you can use gold spray color just brush it on.

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  12. Hi Lea
    I need to make my lace regid for my flower mat. Is there an ingredient that I can use for that you know of.

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    1. Hi, I dont know what regid means, but to make lace softer use a little more glycerin.

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    2. I mean stiff . Do you think adding more tylose.

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    3. There are different tylose (effects) from different vendors. The one I order is from Bake Deco, that one works great for me.To make stiffer lace try adding less glycerin.

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  13. Hi Lea, wondering if I can substitute corn syrup for the liquid glucose. I have all the other ingredients on hand and I can only get glucose online. I don't have that much patience haha

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    1. I think so, glucose makes it really soft a pliable. So, maybe put less of it :)

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  14. Hi Lea, what kind of tool do you use to spread the mixture onto the mat? Thanks! Looks beautiful!

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    1. Hi,
      I use plastic white it looks like a knife. Look on google for Icing Spreader Cake Lace. I paid like $6 at the cake store.

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  15. Hi Lea! How can I make this a chocolate color?

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    1. Hi, you can use brown gel foo coloring. Michael's and Hobby Lobby sell it.
      You can brush the color in with petal dust or a liquid air brush brown color.

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  16. can I leave it to dry overnight

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  17. hi lea can I leave it to dry overnight

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  18. hi lea me again, after its made can I put it in the freezer for future use

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    1. Hi, it should be ok to dry overnight. No freezer needed. Just use a parchment paper and put it in a zip lock bag. And it stays for many months :)

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  19. Hi, Is it possible to sub the glucose for light corn syrup? Do you know what the end result will be?

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    1. Hi, I am not sure how it will turn out.

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  20. Hi Lea is that a tablespon AUS measurement of tylose? I just measured mine and it looks way more than what's in your bowl in the pic

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    1. Hi, its 3 teaspoons same as 1 tablespoon.

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  21. Hi lovely recipe, but can I use just egg white in place of meringue powered/egg powder.thanks

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    1. Hi, I never made it with egg white. I think it will mess up the recipe.

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  22. hi Lea,
    Your instructions say to add confectioners sugar but it's not in your list of ingredients.also what is the best way to colour this black?

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    1. Good Morning! The recipe only uses powdered sugar. For black color use black gel food color.

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  23. Thanks for the recipe, it worked really well! I didn't have some of the ingredients on me so I made a few tweaks. The two substitutes that didnt work for me was using gumtex instead of tylose and using actual egg white in place of meringue powder. The changes that did work was I substituted glucose syrup in place of corn syrup, this was fine. I also left out the meringue powder because I couldn't find any at the shops, this didn't seem to affect the end result. I also used slightly less water as I wanted to add a lot of colour and flavour also. It turned out really gluey/blobby like a few people have described it, I scraped it on anyway and it turned out really well, really pleased :)

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