Here is a sweet little craft that was the brainstorm of Michelle at Green Kitchen and myself while we were getting ready to mold sugar skulls.
We were recalling the peekaboo Easter eggs made of sugar
were made of the same stuff and Michelle had an old candle form
and said: "I want to make peekaboo sugar mushrooms".
Well, I went home and decided I could put them together using regular dishes as molds.
And here is the tutorial so you can too!
spray on color
(all non grocery items can be found where they sell cake decorating supplies)
various cups bowls and glasses
plate or stiff card board to invert and use as a base
icing bag or plastic bag with a small hole in one corner
No one step of this is very time consuming but the drying times are not to be trifled with.
Allow yourself enough time and plan ahead, setting timers and whatnot to ensure maximum success.
Even in those circumstances keep a sense of humor,
because the failure rate was about 50/50, for me, with the stems.
Step 1: Mix it up
step1: mix up sugar, meringue and water in a 1 cup sugar to 1 tsp each of meringue powder and water.
mash around with a fork until it resembles damp sand.
Step 2: Press Into Molds
Step 2: Press into molds. Compacting as tightly as possible with palm of your hand.
I used a votive holder, a coffee cup and a half cup jam jar and a shot glass for stem molds.
I use a shallow bowl, a teacup, and small champagne glasses for the tops.
Step 4: Remove from Mold
step 4: Carefully remove mold and let dry for 2- 2 1/2 hours for stems.
Caps are done and should now be left somewhere safe to cure for 12 hours or so.