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What is Pastillage?

Pastillage decorations adorn this 18th Birthday cake

Pastillage, as the French would have it, is pronounced “pas-ti-ya-j”. This icing is a dough similar to the well known gum paste however more palatable because it omits the use of the ingredient, gum tragacanth. It is used to make edible decorations as seen in our product line.

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Pastillage Tips

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.)