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Miscellaneous Cake Decor Recipes

Here are a few of Kathleen's go-to cake decor recipes.

Edible Glitter Recipe

Add edible shimmer to flowers, lace pieces, gingerbread chalets/snow, or cookies with this edible glitter recipe.


• 1 tablespoon Gum Arabic

• 1 tablespoon hot water (add more if too thick)

• 1 tablespoon edible luster dust or metallic dust (color of your choice)

• Angled spatula or flat paintbrush

• Aluminum foil or silicone baking mat


1. Preheat the oven to 275-300°F (approximately 140-150°C).

2. Combine Gum Arabic, water, and edible color in a small glass cup until it forms a slightly thick paint-like consistency.

3. Pour the mixture onto aluminum foil or a baking mat. Spread it using a paintbrush or spatula; it will bubble up and may not smooth perfectly, which is normal.

4. Bake for 10 minutes or until the mixture is dry and starts to flake or peel away from the baking sheet.

5. Remove from the oven and cool. Place the cooled flakes into a wire sieve to turn them into glitter or use a small pepper grinder.

6. Store the edible glitter in airtight containers.

Note: You may use liquid colors as part of the water if you do not have luster dust.

Kathleen Lange's Note: I have used this recipe since 1980. Great for adding sparkle to royal icing lace pieces, flowers, and gingerbread houses. Most of the time, I make it clear without adding color.

Marzipan Recipe


• 1 cup Almond Paste

• 2 tablespoons Clear Karo Syrup

• 1/2 cup Marshmallow Cream

• 2 cups Confectioners’ Sugar


1. Combine the almond paste, Karo syrup, and marshmallow cream.

2. Add the confectioners’ sugar a small amount at a time.

3. As the mixture becomes too thick to stir, knead in the rest of the powdered sugar until you have pliable dough.

4. If it's too sticky to work with (especially if hand-modeling), add powdered sugar until it's firm but not dry.

Marzipan Tips:

• Marzipan can be molded by hand, rolled flat and cut out with cookie cutters, or pushed into candy molds for easy and consistent shapes.

• Chill the marzipan in the mold to make it easier to remove.

• You can mix this marzipan recipe with a small amount of fondant to make lighter colored dough with a less strong almond flavor.

• Paint details with food coloring to make marzipan figures more realistic.

• Cloves make perfect stems for many fruits.


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