Pastillage Tips:

  • Pastillage dries very quickly, so be sure to keep unused portions wrapped tightly in plastic wrap and work with a small amount at a time.
  • Pastillage can be colored with powdered food dye by either adding color to the liquid before mixing or by kneading the desired color into the dough. Do not use water-based dye. You can also use alcohol-based dye to paint the surface of your pastillage figure.
  • Knead in cornstarch as necessary.
  • Allow 12-24 hours for your pastillage pieces to dry completely before handling (more if humid.)
  • Use royal icing as glue to attach your pastillage pieces to each other or to other objects (cakes, gingerbread houses,…). Other options are to thin out some pastillage with a little water or to heat up regular pastillage in the microwave for just 10-15 seconds (careful – this dries especially fast.)