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.