Homemade Piping Gel

Have you ever seen those beach themed cakes that it looks that they are made with water? Ever wonder how that effect is achieved? Well, its easier then you think and doesn’t require you running to the cake supply store to buy it. Well, that is, if you ave the ingredients at home. Which many of us do. The secret to this effect is nothing more then piping gel.

In the following video, you cane see how I took this recipe and turned my cake into a work of art. Looks like real stained glass don’t you think?



Homemade Piping Gel

Servings: 1 cup


  • 1/4 cup cold water
  • 1/4 cup corn starch
  • 1/2 cup corn syrup *Karo brand works best
  • 1 tsp flavoring (optional)
  • gel foor coloring (optional)


  • Combine the cold water and cornstarch in a heat proof glass measuring cup.
  • Continue to whisk until there are no more lumps.
  • Whisk in the corn syrup until well combined.
  • Place the mixture in the microwave and heat for 2-3 minutes on high in 1 minute intervals.
  • Allow the mixture to cool to room temperature before adding the flavoring or gel food colors.​​

By: Chrysty


  1. I’m firts to do this piping gel im so excited hoping it can realy help doung my adding on my job for decorating the cake.Thanks you for sharing your videos

  2. Hi, thanks for your effort in making & sharing this video on Youtube. I would like to ask if this piping gel can be used as filling for decor element? For example, I draw an image on the cake by using melted chocolate for lining and fill up the spacing with the piping gel that I prepared. Am I need to adjust the consistency by adding water if I use it for this purpose?

    • Hello Cass! Of course. This is the recipe that I used on my Stained Glass cake shown in the YouTube video. Should you need the piping gel to be more of a fluid consistency, I suggest altering the recipe by playing around with the cornstarch to water ratio. Let me know how it works out for you.

      • Hi Baking Savvy! I prepared the piping gel according to your shared recipe and my work turns out well. Just a little turbid and not transparent after mix with food coloring. But my piping gel is in the right consistency to be filling.

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