Pastillage is a type of sugar art, where you make a ‘dough’ of icing sugar, gelatin, cornstarch and water. It can be made into plaques, where any sort of photo, logo, or image of anything can be made into an edible work of art. We got to try our hand at this last week – here’s the step-by-step process my pastillage took:
2. Find ideas and sketch out a design. While looking through my sister’s african safari photos, I thought it would be fun to do a safari theme.
3. Next, you take a piece of old-school carbon paper, trace on the design, and then pipe along the lines with royal icing. As you can see, I realized quite quickly that detailed designs don’t do so well, so quite literally, a lot of corners were cut.
4. Then you colour your royal icing, thin it out with egg whites until it reaches a very very very specific consistency (must take 5-6 seconds for a blob of icing to ‘dissapear’ when dropped by a spoonful). Each colour is then individually piped in, using parchment paper cornettas. Each colour has to dry for 45min before a neighbouring colour can touch it. Needless to say, it’s a bit of a long process!!
5. Detail like the zebra stripes can be done if you put in a drop of black and use a sharp skewer to drag the icing. I like how he turned out!
6. Almost done.
7. Finished! Besides the lame look on Mr. Giraffe’s face, I am happy with it. Afterwards, I learned you can just paint with the dye on it when it’s dry, so next time will do this.
This kind of art is handy for doing corporate logos on cakes, etc., since you can be quite exact. And although I wouldn’t recommend trying it, it is actually entirely edible. Sure you may crack a tooth, but it’s just sugar. Lots and lots of sugar.