Your kid’s birthday is just the time for something like that.
Gum paste (also called florist paste) is similar to royal icing, but no cooking is required. Similar to sugar paste, but …better 🙂 It’s ideal for making cake decorations. Especially if are stubborn enough to WANT a certain cake decoration your way. In case there are more of us –
here’s the simple 3-ingredient recipe:
- Take a totally fresh egg and use a few drops of eggwhite
- add two spoonfuls of powdered sugar and
- a drop of liquid edible coloring.
- Mix well. Voila!
Now you can make that tiny animals or boats or cars for your kid’s birthday cake! Use many colors! It’s fun. (There are also AZO-free dyes on the market.)
Your kid can help. In fact, he/she will love to. It’s fun and close to working with playdough – only it tastes sweet 😉 I made a lot (and I mean a lot) of cake ornaments when I was a kid, helping my mom who used to make a loot of cakes (and again, I mean a lot). As I recall, I was modelling more gum paste than playdough in those years…
I was working alone this year, but next year, oh, I’m so looking forward to this! I’ve even made up a name ‘pre-birthday kids creative time’ 😉
A hint: make the decorations a day or two before making the cake (they also need some time to dry) so there’s less work for you to do in that final busy hours before the party 🙂
And it’s great if the kid has eaten (healthy food) just before starting the activity – otherwise you might end up without the products 😉