There are many of us who can not have Lucky charms because they are not halal/kosher/vegetarian. I have desperately wanted these as a child and would often read the ingredients over and over again in the vain hope that perhaps one day I shall see a ‘suitable for vegetarian’ sign or kosher gelatin on the box. But this never did happen… then a few days ago I stumbled upon BraveTarts blog. She had her own recipe on how to make these! I was so excited to find this recipe and was eager to try it. You can substitute the gelatin with halal/kosher gelatin. Be warned the smell of gelatin is awful!
Although the idea of making my own lucky charms was at first very exciting, as I progressed through the recipe, I grew incredibly weary and by the end just wanted to be done with them!
I liked how Stef from Cupcake Project had used the cutters to make her marshmallow cereal and thought I would try too…. but this was even slower and difficult with a toddler running around and would probably have been wiser to just cut squares out instead!
Anyway to anyone who would like to try these the recipe can be found on BraveTart’s Crispy Cereal Marshmallows post. I followed all of BraveTarts instructions word-for-word. Good luck! 🙂
The cutters I used are from amazon: Mini Metal Cookie cutters
Here are some pics of the process!
In this post, I will show you how to make gum paste roses.
I’m sure there are many methods to make roses, but this is the method that works for me.
Gum paste roses could be used on a cake for many occasions, they look great, and people seem to love eating them!
I have put some examples of where I have used them before in one of my earlier posts, but they are great for Birthday Cakes, Wedding Cakes and Mother’s Day Cakes.
What you need:
- Wilton Ready-To-Use Gum Paste (have it already coloured)
- Fondant rolling-pin / Pasta Machine
- Foam Pad
- Icing sugar/corn starch
- Fondant ball tool
- First, make a ball and turn it into a cone by pinching the top.
- Insert a toothpick into the cone and let dry. I usually use Styrofoam as stand to hold it up while drying.
- I used a pasta machine to roll out the gum paste. If you don’t have access to a pasta machine, you could just use a fondant rolling-pin, but try to roll it as thin and evenly as possible.
- Cut out a petal using a small petal cutter for the inside. You can gradually use bigger cutters for the outer petals, depending on how big you want your rose to be.
- Using the fondant ball tool, ruffle the top edge of the petal.
- Wrap the petal sideways onto the cone, for the bud.
- Repeat these steps for each petal, adding three petals initially, then five in the next row, and increasing in odd numbers.
And that’s it! You should have a beautiful rose, to create stunning cakes.
Initially it does take some practice (and patience) to get it right, but keep trying!
If you have any questions, thoughts or suggestions, please leave a comment. 🙂