How Do I "make" Snow Without Using All Of My Edibl

Decorating By SweetsbyLadawn Updated 9 Dec 2010 , 4:42pm by kcassano

SweetsbyLadawn Posted 7 Dec 2010 , 10:51am
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That glitter is so so expensive. is there anoth good snow alternative? Ty in advance.

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pattycakesnj Posted 7 Dec 2010 , 11:27am
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powdered sugar

brincess_b Posted 7 Dec 2010 , 11:40am
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Royal icing can make good snow aswell.

Loucinda Posted 7 Dec 2010 , 1:53pm
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I put the stuff in a thumb pepper goes a lot further that way.

This is the one I use:

CWR41 Posted 7 Dec 2010 , 2:34pm
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chopped shredded coconut.

Motorhead Posted 7 Dec 2010 , 2:41pm
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i use a combination-base of white buttercream then sprinkle decorating sugar on top....glistens just like snow!!

Cake_whiz Posted 7 Dec 2010 , 8:20pm
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Yeah, the glitter is pretty pricey. Have you tried powdered sugar?

SweetsbyLadawn Posted 7 Dec 2010 , 9:43pm
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Thank you - It is for the inside of a "snow globe"

hbarberycakes Posted 7 Dec 2010 , 9:54pm
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Coconut shavings?

Kitagrl Posted 7 Dec 2010 , 10:13pm
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That white wilton edible "glitter" isn't too bad with a coupon at Michaels...then just use royal or buttercream for the "snow" and put a thin coating of the wilton glitter over the surface.

hbarberycakes Posted 7 Dec 2010 , 10:41pm
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i just realized my comment looked like a question. Correction: Coconut shavings!

yummy_in_my_tummy Posted 7 Dec 2010 , 11:10pm
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What if you finely grated white chocolate?

hbarberycakes Posted 7 Dec 2010 , 11:28pm
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or even crushed up ice cream salt will work possibly

milkmaid42 Posted 7 Dec 2010 , 11:35pm
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I don't know what your time line is, but here is a recipe for making your own edible glitter:


Put 2 ounces of gum arabic and 1/2 C. water into a double boiler. Stir occasionally while heating over hot water. When melted, strain through a piece of fine muslin. (Cheesecloth is a little too coarse a weave.) Color as desired. (Light brown and yellow make a beautiful gold.)

Dip a stiff brush into the gum and brush it lightly over pieces of clean, polished glass. Dry in a warm room, or use a SLIGHTLY heated oven.
When dry and set, scrape or brush the brilliantine (glitter) off the glass and use it as is, or crush with a rolling pin to make smaller granules.

This may be used for spangling cookies or cakes.

I personally, haven't used this recipe. I was just excited to find it and filed it away for future use. The author, (unknown) says it has been tested in a test kitchen, so I hope this helps you.
I have purchased gum arabic on line on one of the many cake sites. You shouldn't have any trouble.

Good luck. With Christmas soon upon us, this is probably something I will be making, myself.


johnson6ofus Posted 8 Dec 2010 , 1:52am
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I have used my micro grater (zester) and grated white almond bark.

Jennifer353 Posted 8 Dec 2010 , 11:54am
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I know you have lots of ideas now already but my two penneth worth - regular granulated sugar sprinkled

dchockeyguy Posted 8 Dec 2010 , 9:00pm
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White Chocolate with a microplane works wonders for giving a snow effect. Especially if your cake is already white, as it tends to have a slightly different color so it shows up even on white.

kcassano Posted 9 Dec 2010 , 4:42pm
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I just did winter themed cake....the tiers had "snow" on top of them. i used sanding sugar. I mixed just a little bit of the rainbow twinkle dust in with the sugar to give it that extra sparkle. just brushed the fondant lightly with water and pressed the "snow" into the fondant. was super easy (little messy), but easy. i used 3/4 of a 5.6 oz bottle of white sanding sugar (got it from Michaels for like 4 bucks). the tiers i put it on were 8 and 5" rounds. after the fact, i realized that i really didnt need to completely cover the top of the one layer -- because it was covered by the other. doh! so i probably wouldve used less sugar than i did. HTH.

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