Any ideas out there for making gravel?
What scale is your gavel going to be?
Does the gravel have to be realistic, as in gray? Or could it be whimsical? I was thinking about Nerds candy.
How about the big chunky sugars from willliams sonoma? They have them in silver which looks kind of gray.
how about coating rice krispies in chocolate and then kinda breaking it up into small chunks once hardened?? Like those clodhopper things, every see those? They look kinda like rocks
Or use cocoa krispies...
I bet a mixture of cocoa krispies and regular rice krispies kinda cruched up a bit would look JUST like gravel
Good idea, KHalstead!
Another idea might be Rock Candy which comes in white/grayish - maybe mixing it with the aboe idea and voila'! Would like to see what you end up doing
If you have time you could colour up some fondant, wait for it to dry (allow enough time for it to be dry inside aswell as outside) then pulse it in a blender until you have the desired size.
I just made some for my McDonalds cake. Rolled tiny bits of grey fondant... took hours! I think next time I would try spraying nerds grey. Don't know if it would work... but I don't see why not.
For a fish tank? Nerds
For a road way? Crushed Oreos
I use marbled coloured fondant/gumpaste bits for small rocks, pebbles and gravel. For my number "2" shaped train track cake, I used cake sprinkles in black, brown, white and blue for a very fine gravel look.
Thanks everyone. I'm not sure what I'll do yet, but I have a week to experiment. I was thinking for letting fondant/gumpaste dry and breaking it up, but i'll let you know how it turns out.
Hi, kinda similar to what chuckles stated. Try marbling grey, black and white gumpaste, then grate it with the small side of a kitchen grater. Once it's dried, crush it with a pestle and mortar.
Hope you achieve it with one of the ideas. Let us know which is best!
You know, it probably wouldn't taste very good, but you if you want to do it the easy way, you could possible use bird seed...
I use a mix of crushed chocolate wafers and crushed graham crackers. I hand crush the wafers/crackers to produce a range of sizes. I did this for the gravel on a 3D cake with a monster truck for my son's birthday. He said that the part of the cake with the 'gravel' on it was delicious - his favorite piece! (I dumped the crumbs over chocolate ganache icing :>)
That sounds yummy! much better than my last idea
My kids had Nesley Crunch bits/ bites, they were brown but I thought they would make great rocks!
depending on how realistic it needs to be, i've used crushed up golden oreo cookies...sometimes, i'll mix in regular oreo crumbs too
So this is what I ended up doing. I just rolled gum paste and cut it up with a pizza roller. After it dried, I rolled it between my hands a little to break it up a little more and it seemed to work fine. Thanks for the tips everyone!
Oh - here's the picture...