I experimented with making these little white chocolate Maisys
this week for Jenna's birthday cupcakes. Had I been able to find
these in the store, I would have bought them and saved myself the
(what I thought was) trouble of making them, but Maisy -themed
anything is hard to come by in this part of the world. So I had to
make them, and they were so easy that I thought I'd post a tutorial
so anyone who wanted to custom-make odd-themed edible characters
might be convinced they were easy enough to do.
You will need:
- White chocolate
- Small plastic bags - doesn't matter if they have ziptops or not
- Wax paper (not in picture, sorry!)
- Food coloring
- Microwave oven
- Drawing or picture you want to turn into edible decoration
- Find a picture you want to make edible decoration out of.
- Or draw one (the heart and tree on the left are examples) on paper.
- Heat white chocolate in a microwave-safe bowl in the microwave oven 30 seconds at a time until just melted, stirring occasionally.
- Add food coloring to desired color. I find it useful to use a toothpick to add tiny amounts of coloring at a time because a whole drop is too much. Stir to mix well.
- Transfer tinted white chocolate to small plastic bag and snip a tiny corner off as shown.
- Squeeze all the white chocolate towards that corner of the bag and squeeze out as much air as possible through the tiny hole.
- Pipe an outline of white chocolate on the wax paper, using the outline of the picture underneath as a guide. If the chocolate hardens as you work, put the bag in the microwave oven for 10 seconds at a time to soften it.
- If you are using a second color, repeat Step 3 and use the new color to fill in the details within the outline. Try not to leave gaps between the filling and the outline, unless you are planning to do a lacy/filigree sort of design like with the heart:
- Keep filling in the space within the outline with more white chocolate, tinting it as you need to. Maisy is largely white, so I just used more of the earlier white chocolate to fill her in. I also snipped the original hole a little bigger to allow faster flow of chocolate as I squeezed the bag. It doesn't matter if the chocolate is lumpy within the outline
- Add final details. I used regular semisweet chocolate chips (melted) for Maisy's eyes, nose and belly-button, rather than tint white chocolate brown.
- Add a "stake" at the bottom of your decorations to enable it to be pushed into the cake. This is as simple as piping a rectangular shape that is touching the bottom part of the figures.
- Let dry half an hour.
- Gently peel the wax paper away from the figures and stick them into your cake.
- I used a star nozzle to pipe frosting on the tops of the cupcakes before sticking the edible figures in. The frosting was only about a quarter inch deep but with the "stake" inserted partway into the cake itself, the figures stood quite well without toppling over.