For my daughter's first birthday party, I want to make some decorated Jello cups. If I make flowers to set on top of the firm Jello (after it's been refrigerated, probably just before serving), would it be better to make them out of fondant or royal icing? I'm planning on doing the flowers in advance so they have time to dry out and harden, and I won't be setting them on top of the Jello until right before the party starts next Saturday. Thoughts?
Cool idea and I'm sorry but I have no idea what would work best! But I'm looking forward to hearing about what you end up doing and seeing the pics! My gut feeling is to go with a stiff royal icing but I am not sure at all! Have you got time to do a practice run?
Both royal icing and fondant once exposed to any dampness for any length of time will start to deteriorate. Whatever you decide to use to make the flowers, I wouldn’t lay them directly on the jello. I would get fancy cocktail sticks, I’d attach the flowers to them with royal icing, then pop the cocktail sticks into the jello so there up and away.
Good idea, June! Personally, I would much rather eat royal icing than fondant.
And I’d rather eat fondant!!
LOL - thinking about our preferences, June, I had a brilliant idea! Instead of royal icing or fondant, why not make your flowers out of modeling chocolate?! It works wonderfully, especially for making beautiful little roses, and tastes delicious AND it does not mind moisture! You could place your flowers on the jello at any time without worry.
Good idea...if Englishable has the time to make it.
Modelling chocolate!! Of course!!!!
I can, seriously, make a batch of modeling chocolate in less than 10 minutes. Here's the recipe and tutorial.
i think a marshmallow fondant flower -- fondant flavored with something like raspberry or something -- i'm not a fan of chocolate and jello -- it would be the best match as far as the possible condensation but i just can not marry the two flavors -- but if it's for small girls with big sugar tooths -- but i think strawberries or blueberries on top would be prettier -- slice the strawberries so they make heart shapes -- you could use kiwis, or that fruit that looks all polka doted -- can't remember the name of it-- cinnamon apple slices --
put a few real or silk flowers around your serving trays -- same effect
best to you
As to flavor, I would use white modeling chocolate to make the flowers and the candy melts just have a mild, vanilla flavor. I totally agree that the fruit would be prettier and a lot more tasty.
Or use a candy melt wafer as the base and decorate with royal to make the flower. The candy melt will protect the royal from dampness and dissolving.
you could cut out blossoms of kiwi and dragon fruit too -- apples too -- brush with pineapple juice instead of lemon to keep from darkening
johnson60fus, the candy melt wafer as a base is brilliant!
Ha Ha guys...we’ve all come up with some great ideas. But the most important person, Enhlishable, hasn’t acknowledged our suggestions/posts. Perhaps Englishable has had problems logging onto CC, or is just very busy preparing for her daughter’s birthday party. Seeing as the party is tomorrow, I’m guessing Englishable is gonna do her own thing with the jello...
She has been unable to replay to the post, June. She said she had sent replies three times only to discover that they did not post.
That's what I figured happened. How did you know Sandra? I checked for a 2nd post from Englishable, but didn't see one.
She sent me a message.
Ahhh..how frustrating not to be able to reply!!!
I know. That seems to be happening a lot lately.
I don't think this particular problem, logging in, can't post, has ever stopped Sandra. I had trouble for almost 2 yrs., then inexplicably, problem solved. For me anyway. But it still affecting many members.