All posts tagged: luster dust

What do you expect from me Mom? I’m half machine!

Excuse the ambiguous nature of the title of this blog post, but if you’ve ever watched Arrested Development, you know it’s more than appropriate!  My close friend Evy turned 30 this year, and to celebrate, she threw an Arrested Development themed party.  I, of course, was asked to make the cake. I made it “Blue Man Group Velvet” with vanilla buttercream and a filling of banana slices and chocolate chips. The banana and chocolate chips filling is for the fact that the Bluths own a frozen banana stand.  The “Blue Man Group Velvet” – well, take a look: Of course, there are many other inside jokes I included on this cake including a “loose seal”, a star of david “in solitude”, the orange theme during the credits, “I need a favor” from the Bluth family crest, the flowers representing Lucille Bluth’s tweed suits, Evy’s favorite surprise:  “Steve Holt!” So how did I go about decorating this masterpiece?  Remember my post about luster dust? It can be difficult to free-hand frosting on a cake.  So much …

Heartmallows or Marshentines, Whichever

This will be my first Valentine’s Day ever when I will actually have a man to celebrate with!  Pathetic? Maybe, but I find it more stressful than anything.  What does a girl with a limited budget get her sweetheart?  I have been exploring a lot of options and I read this article yesterday that I found rather interesting.   I have several jars of luster dust hanging around my house, and I suppose I never figured out the proper way to use them.  Mixed with a dash of vodka, the luster dust turns into edible paint… EDIBLE PAINT! Get your head out of the gutter, I mean for cakes.  The blogger said you can use it on any dry edible surface and it got me thinking about these marshmallows my mother used to make me as a kid.  On top of that, I knew I had some kosher gelatin in the pantry, and thus, my heart-mallows were born! HOMEMADE MARSHMALLOW RECIPE (adapted from My Baking Addiction) Ingredients: 7 1/2 tsp kosher gelatin* (about 3 packages normal gelatin) …