Intro: Edible Glass in 30 Seconds
This fun and easy technique will only take you about 30 seconds to melt the isomalt sticks. Pour it into any mold and you will have beautiful , edible glasslike pieces to top on cupcakes, cakes , or even make your own sculpure. You can use the melted glass to "glue" the pieces together. You can even buy the silicone and cut it to shape letters for wedding cake toppers and more.
Important info and tips:
*Warning: If the hot liquid touches tour skin it will stick and burn
*Wear specialty gloves
*Wear long sleave shirt
*Do not do this in a hurry take your time and be safe
*Do not do around small children or dogs
*Any unused product cand be remelted
*I like to pour unused melted product into the jewels mold, it is a perfect size to store to reuse later
*Glass will get cloudy if exposed to humidty
*Store in a airtight container(also cake play sells special silica gel packet to keep the looking great)
*If you finished pieces are a little cloudy, just lightly skim the piece with a creme brulee torch and it will be shiny and beautiful
* At cakeplay.com they have very helpful videos
Step 1: You Will Need
* Isomalt sticks (You can find them at your local cake supply store or at cakeplay.com) You can buy the colors you want or just buy clear or white and dye it yourself as needed for the particular project that you are working on.
* 2 pack gloves from cakeplay (very important to protect your skin from burns)
* Microwave safe dish (preferably with a handle )
* Any silicone mold - ice cube tray, cupcake or cake shaped pan or you can make your own. (make your own molds.com)
* Specialty plastic molds like the on shown for edible gems
*Silicone mat to protect your work surface
* Food gel color (optional)
* Luster dust (optional)
Step 2: Melt and Color
Safety first, put on your cotton gloves then the latex free gloves. Take your isomalt stick and break it up into your silicone container. Microwave it for about 30 -60 seconds.(mine just takes 30 sec.) The stick should be completely melted and very bubbly. If you have the clear or white sticks and desire to color them, do so now. Use food gel color. Use a toothpick to mix well.You only need a tiny bit,especially if you want it to be nice and clear.
Step 3: Pour and Let Cool
Now just carefully pour into your desired molds. Do not overfill. You can use a toothpick right away to help the isomalt into any corners of the mold if you need to. Now just let cool completely in the mold. The time varies depending on how deep your mold is or how much isomalt you used. (15 - 30 +) Once it is completely cooled, just pop it out of the mold gently. It will be a little tacky so to avoid finger prints on you glass pieces where your gloves to handle.The finished pieces can be fragile, so handle with care. You can also use luster dust to add detail and more colors. Place your finished pieces onto your cupcakes. If you would like to find out even more about cakeplay's isomalt sticks, here is a few links that I thought would be helpful.
cakeplay online store
cakeplay's step by step guide to isomalt
how to video on melting and pouring isomalt sticks
Step 4: More Isomalt Pics
I did not make the items in the pics in this step. I just added this step and these beautiful pieces to show you that this is so easy and beautiful. It's just as easy as buying the beautiful molds. They can get a little expensive though. The one to make the beautiful butterfly is about $30. I will be buying it soon.