2. Edible Confetti (made from this tutorial)
- Edible Luster in bronze, teal, mint, and silver
- Unflavored Knox gelatin (used 3 packets of gelatin for each color)
- Acetate sheet/laminated paper
- Hole punch (bought different sizes from Michael’s, in Martha Stewart’s scrapbooking section)
The gelatin to water ratio is 2 parts water to 1 part gelatin. The Knox gelatin measured 2 teaspoons of gelatin for each packet, so I used 4 teaspoons of water. For each color, I used 3 packets of gelatin.
After mixing the water and gelatin together, I let it “bloom” (the mixture thickens up and turns whitish-yellow). This only take a few minutes.
(*Hint from the tutorial: Put the water in the cup first, and then add the gelatin. If you don’t, you will end up with dry bits of gelatin at the bottom of the cup.)
After it blooms, put it in the microwave for approximately 30 seconds. (Be sure to watch that it doesn’t bubble up and overflow — not an easy clean-up!) After being microwaved, foam will form on the top of the gelatin. Wait until the foam becomes thick enough to remove with a toothpick in one or two swipes/twirls. (This is called “clarifying” the gelatin.)
Next, add the color luster you want and mix it together with a toothpick. Stir gently to avoid air bubbles. The more color you use, the more intense/opaque the gelatin will be. After stirring in the color, put the mixture back in the microwave for no more than 30 seconds. (Again, watch to make sure it doesn’t boil over.)
Remove from microwave and immediately pour mixture onto an acetate sheet (or clear plastic sheet), using a spatula to spread it out. It will set in less than two minutes, so work fast! The thinner the spread, the more fragile the confetti will be. (Don’t worry about making it perfectly even.)
This needs to dry for about 5-6 hours, so I left mine overnight. (The next morning, the gelatin sheet sort of curled up and removed itself from the laminated sheet, so I didn’t even have to peel it off!)
The most time-consuming part is definitely the hole punching. Because the sheet of gelatin is not flat like a normal sheet of paper, it’s difficult to get into the spaces and punch out the colors. Put in a good movie, get a big bowl, and just punch away!
3. Finishing Touches
I piled the gelatin confetti on each tier. To adhere the confetti and glitter to the cake, I used vodka and a paintbrush.
I painted chocolate, blueberry, and pistachio macarons with a little bit of the luster, adhering the color with just a touch of vodka (too much will melt the macaron).
I used Wilton Silver Stars Confetti and edible glitter (in silver, teal, mint, and bronze hues).