Piping gel can be purchased in any cake supply or craft store, but it's easy and less expensive to make your own. Piping gel comes in very handy when decorating a cake that does not have any leftover buttercream for writing, and it can piped on the surface of a cake frosted with a whipped cream icing, such as this strawberries and cream cake.
Uses for piping gel include:
1. Writing on cakes - thin with water to desired consistency
2. Stabilizing whipped cream - add 1 tablespoon at the end of whipping for every cup of whipping cream used
3. Cake decorating when a representation of water is needed (dyed blue to resemble the water in a pool, lake etc)
4. Edible "glue" for decorations on cakes. It doesn't dry too quickly which allows for placement adjustment
5. Adding sheen to fondant decorations
from Craftsy blog
Yields 1 cup
- 1/4-cup cold water
- 1/4-cup corn starch
- 1/2-cup light corn syrup
- 1 tsp clear flavor extract (optional)
- Gel food coloring (optional)
Combine the cold water and corn starch in a small saucepan. Whisk until smooth. Whisk in the corn syrup.
Heat until thickened. Allow the mixture to cool to room temperature before adding flavoring or color.
If the piping gel becomes too thick, add a tiny amount of water until you achieve your desired consistency. Store piping gel refrigerated in an airtight container for up to three months.