Saturday, 10 December 2011

Christmas cooking with kids - Cupcake / cookie decorations

This is another fun 'craft' to do with your kids (or without, if you so choose!).  And the great thing is that it doesn't require cooking & is relatively mess-free.

Box of white icing (aka fondant). (like this one  HERE -but doesn't matter what brand!)
Food colouring. I use Wilton gel colours.
Decorations - I used coloured cashous & also picked out stars from a sprinkle mixture)
Icing sugar.
Baking/wax paper
Rolling pin (silicon is best)
Cookie cutters

how to:
  • Cut about a 1/4 of the icing off the block to use. Wrap the remainder & store in a container in the cupboard.

  • Knead the icing so it softens like play dough then add your colour a little bit at a time until you achieve the desired colour.

  • Sprinkle a little icing sugar on your sheet of baking paper & also rub some onto your rolling pin.

  • Roll the icing until it's no more than 1/4" thick. Be sure to recoat your rolling pin with icing sugar if the mixture starts to stick.

  • Cut your shape using the cookie cutter & decorate as desired. We pressed the cashous directly into the softened fondant but you could also 'glue' them on using a little bit of water/sugar paste.

  • Leave to dry for as long as it takes, depending on the temperature of the room. Ours took 24hrs.

At this point you can either store them for months in advance in an airtight container in the cupboard or use them to decorate some yummy treats!  We used store-bought tic-toc biscuits & glued the Christmas tree on top by using a dab of icing sugar/water mixture.

The most important ingredient = fun.


ps - if you'd like more tips on working with white icing/fondant this is a great page.

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