Cake of the Month
Fondant Sea Shells and How to Make Them Easily !
These seashells were made by pressing redi-made fondant into chocolate candy molds, brushing them with color from grated "sidewalk chalk" and then with super pearl dust.
Yes, chalk is non-toxic and can be used on these shells. Here's how it's done:
Using the molds clean and dry -
roll a small amount of fondant the size that would fit into
one depression of the mold into a ball --shape it slightly in your hand to the rough shape
of the depression you are going to use - i.e. flatten it for a scallop shell -- cover the "blob"
of fondant with a light amount of corn starch - just enough to coat it lightly - press it into
the mold --make it even with the back - not over filled. Turn the mold over and tap, bang,
rap it against your hand to catch your shell. Place it on a sheet of wax paper, or parchment,
etc. If it has corn starch showing, brush it off with a soft art brush then brush the shell with
the chalk color and over that with the pearl dust. You can store these or put them
immediately on the cake.
You can vary the shades of the
shells by going over the shells more times with the chalk to
get the darker shades. It's an artist's call ! You are the artist. To make the pearls, make a ball,
roll it in pearl dust - finished !
Fondant shells are edible and softer
than those made of gumpaste. These shells could
also be made of chocolate, but it would be much more difficult to bend them over the
side of layers as the starfish was on this cake.
This is a tiny "example"
cake - so small molds were used. There are many more molds
Chocolate Seashell Molds