Tuesday, December 15, 2009

Sweet Sugar 'Shroomies: The Tutorial

Here is a sweet little craft that was the brainstrom 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!

Sugar 'Shroomies:

white sugar
meringue powder
spray on color
powdered sugar
food 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.

 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. 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 3 : Cover mold with plate or heavy card board then invert.

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.

Step 5 Recover the semi dry sugar stem form with it's original mold and flip back over. Larger stems are the only ones with room to be hollowed out effectively.

Step 6: Hollow out larger stem pieces. Leave a half inch wall of sugar. Let dry for another half an hour then remove par of the wall for a peekaboo door. Leave in the cup to dry overnight.
Step 7:Match up your stems and caps.

Step 8: Mix up Royal Icing. ( Recipe here.)
step 9:  Color you Mushroom caps. Used spray food coloring for red and cocoa powder brushed on with a pastry brush for brown.
Now use icing to glue a small picture on the inside if you like. Use icing to glue cap to stem and stem to a base made of cardboard. Colored icing makes cute grass and flowers when piped from a pastry bag or plastic bag with a small hole in one corner. Pipe spots on a red cap.

Have Fun!!! Send pictures!!!

Love, Betty


Sonya said...

Amazing. Just amazing and cute as a button mushroom!

Green Kitchen said...

Brilliant! I'm so glad you took the time to do it.

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Yaz Lawsuit said...

This is so precious! Cheers.

Malinda said...

So cute! Merry Christmas!

Cloth Diapers said...

Those are wonderful. I can't believe how adorable they are. Thank you so much for sharing!

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Miss Rascal said...

Aw, that's cute.

Natalie, the Chickenblogger said...

Sweet home, sweet.
Merry Christmas.

Gypsy Purple said...

Hope you had a very merry Christmas with lots of blessings--Gypsy Purple--Chamara

Mary-Laure said...

Adorable and yummy, who could ask for anything more...

Anonymous said...

So cute! Happy New Year from the Thriftgoddess!

Levinson Axelrod said...

Haha these mushroom homes are so adorable! Oh man, they're such a great idea for parties. Thanks for the recipe and how to instructions.

Yarni Gras! said...

too cute!

Ulla said...

Ohhhh, these are amazing!

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