Carboxymethyl Cellulose (CMC)2018-12-10T05:17:47+00:00
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CMC is used in baking for its thickening and stabilizing properties.

Carboxymethyl Cellulose (CMC)

Also known as Carboxymethyl Cellulose Gum, Sodium Carboxymethyl Cellulose, or Cellulose Gum

What is Carboxymethyl Cellulose?

CMC is a food grade water-soluble gum used for its thickening and stabilizing properties.


It’s derived from wood pulp.


For desserts: CMC is used to thicken sauces and bind water.

For cakes: CMC is used to trap air bubbles, helping the batter retain air for volume and fine grain. It also helps retain moisture for extended shelf-life.


For cakes, use at 0.25-0.75% based on flour. May need to increase liquid in batter by 30-50 oz. per ounce of CMC added.

One Comment

  1. Kathryn Whitacre February 27, 2017 at 1:53 am - Reply

    Do you have a USA resource for the food grade CMC?

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