Is your glitter edible? I am a little concerned that many people are unknowingly adding non-toxic glitters to their cake and cupcakes, in the mistaken belief that they are edible. These glitters are often sold alongside edible products but are intended for decoration purposes only – to be used on items that are removed not to be eaten!!
Edible products that add sparkle are available however it is much more fun and cost effective to make your own. You can also easily make your edible glitter in any colour you might choose.
Here’s how to create metallic edible glitter:
(Coloured glitter/fairy dust will be covered in a separate post, shortly)
The Edible glitter recipe
You will need:
Gum Arabic – ½ teaspoon
Hot water – ½ teaspoon
Metallic edible lustre dust in colour of your choice – ½ teaspoon (I use the Squire Kitchen edible metallic dusts)
Paintbrush – flat-headed or pallet knife
Non-stick ovenproof sheet or silicone mat
Oven preheated to 140°C
Sieve or tea strainer
How to make the edible glitter:
Mix the Gum Arabic, water and food dust together in a small bowl, it should look like thick paint.
Pour onto the non-stick ovenproof sheet and spread the mix thinly using a paintbrush or pallet knife, you will find it separates into globules, this is perfectly normal.
Bake for about 10mins or until the mix is thoroughly dry and starting to peel away from the sheet.
Remove from the oven and cool, then rub through a sieve or tea strainer
The glitter particle size you obtain depends on the mesh size used.
Store your edible glitter in a small airtight container ready for use.
To use, sprinkle glitter on your cake and cupcake as desired.
I hope I’ve inspired to have a go ……Gum Arabic and edible metallic dusts are available from our online shop if you don’t already have these ingredients in your cake decorating kit.
Do let us know how you get on.