If you want to decorate cakes with beautiful figures and other extras or create enchanting sugar flowers, edible glue is an important aid. Although you can buy such adhesives in stores, the “Edible Glues” are usually comparatively expensive. For this reason, it is advisable to produce edible glues yourself, especially as this is a very simple task. We will introduce you to the two usual methods!

Let’s be honest: Decorations make a cake perfect. However, a means is needed to reliably attach the elements to the sweet treat. It is crucial that the decorative pieces do not slip or fall over with the slightest movement of the cake. In addition, the adhesive used should leave no unattractive traces and – the most important point – be food-safe, i.e. edible.

The purchase of a finished adhesive is often unnecessarily expensive. Save yourself the money and invest rather in the few necessary ingredients, in order to make in the wahrsten sense pleasure-bringing adhesive. Our two instructions are easy to implement. Let’s go!

Make edible glue yourself

small plastic bottle (with lid)
measuring vessel

CMC – Carboxymethylcellulose

CMC is the abbreviation of Carboxymethylcellulose. This substance is obtained from coniferous and deciduous woods and is used for various purposes, for example as an additive in detergents or as a thickener (as in the case of edible glue). You certainly know the name of Kukident Haftpulver. It consists of 100 percent CMC – and is also suitable for the preparation of edible adhesives.

Funnel – Alternative

If you don’t have a funnel at home, there is a little trick how you can make one in no time: Take a thin sheet of paper (such as baking paper) and roll it up like a funnel. You can fix your work well with a piece of tesa tape – but make sure that there is a free opening at the bottom through which the powder can flow.

This is how you do it:

Step 1: Boil about 300 millilitres of water in a saucepan.

Step 2: Take the pot off the plate and wait until the water is cool.

Step 3: Measure 200 millilitres of boiled water with the measuring vessel.

Step 4: Grab the bottle and open it. Add 200 ml of water to the plastic bottle.

Step 5: Place the funnel on and in the bottleneck.

Step 6: Fill a teaspoonful of CMC into the bottle via the funnel.

Step 7: Close the bottle.

Step 8: Shake the bottle vigorously to mix a little water and powder.

Step 9: Leave the mix to stand for a few hours (overnight). The powder uses the time to dissolve completely in the water. The next day you will find a thick adhesive.

Label the bottle with the date of manufacture – to know later how long you have been using the adhesive. Done!

Edible glue use
That’s what you need:

Ketchup portioning cups or small jam jars (as in hotels, the cups/glasses must be clean again!)
edible glue

Is your edible glue a little too thin?

Then leave it open – the water evaporates and the adhesive solidifies.

Has the agent become too viscous?

Then add a little boiled water, shake the whole thing and let it stand again for a few hours.

Edible sugar glue
Making sugar glue, as an alternative guide to edible glue.

That’s what you need:

1 cup white sugar
1 cup of water
plastic bottle

Step 1: Add the sugar and water to the pot.

Step 2: Mix the two ingredients thoroughly with a spoon.

Step 3: Turn the stove on and let the water boil until the sugar is completely dissolved.

Step 4: Reduce the heat to a simmer after boiling.
Step 5: Let the mixture simmer for five minutes.
Step 6: Wait until the glue has cooled down.
Step 7: Pour the glue into the bottle using the funnel. Ready!

Edible glue – that’s what he’s needed for

Ultimately, you need the adhesive for everything you want to attach to cakes.

Here are a few examples:

if you have flowers with wire, use the glue for the wire.
if you stick sweet decorations to the cakes, the glue will help you as well.
when you model, attach the figures to each other with the glue

Our recommendations for the use of edible adhesives

Which adhesive is better suited for which applications? Our tips for you.


Adhesive created from CMC may leave white sugar stains when dried. For this reason, we advise you not to use it for visible parts. In contrast, it makes fondant more stable. This is why CMC adhesive is useful for gluing figures that need to stand upright.

sugar glue

Sugar glue can be used more or less universally. We recommend using it primarily for large-area bonding (e.g. the fondant blanket). In short, the CMC adhesive is intended for smaller elements and figures and the sugar adhesive for large surfaces.

Why water is not the right solution

Sometimes it is also recommended to simply use water as an adhesive. In principle, this is possible, but: Due to the thin liquid of the water, it can happen that the latter runs down the part to which you want to attach the respective element. The result is unattractive traces of water that cannot be removed.




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