A few weeks ago, someone asked me whether I knew of an edible glitter to use on cakes, cookies & cupcakes.
The brand I like – Rainbow Dust – marks their glitter range as non-toxic for decoration only.
I don’t think that counts as edible.
And then, while browsing pinterest, a pin about edible glitter using sugar came up.
So I had to give it a go.
- granulated sugar
- liquid food colouring – you want something you can add a drop at a time
- jar with tight fitting lid
- baking tray
- Set the oven to 180°C
- Put your sugar into the jar. Only fill it half full or less so there is room for the sugar to move.
- Add one drop of food colouring, put the lid on the jar then shake it until all the colouring is mixed in.
- Add more food colouring, a drop at a time, until you have the colour you want.
- Pour the sugar into your baking tray & spread it out so it’s a thin, even layer.
- Bake in the oven for 7 mins.
- Set aside to cool completely before using.
- Any left over from your baking project can be stored indefinitely in an airtight container.
- Use granulated sugar, not caster sugar. The sugar crystals are too small with caster sugar and you just end up with something that looks like sand.
- Some recipes suggest baking for 10 minutes or more but I found that just ‘melted’ my sugar. You need to watch it and make sure that’s not happening!
- I had to sieve my sugar once it had cooled as it had formed lumps even after 7 mins not 10.
- Hot sugar is really hot… but you know this!