Stained Glass
Posted: 15 April 2009 05:19 PM   [ Ignore ]
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I am making my nieces first holy communion cake next month. I am trying to make a stained glass window for the top of the cake. I already have a small cake topper of a little girl and I want to place that in front of the stained glass window. Is this possible or should I just abandon the idea? Here’s a picture of what I’d like to do. Maybe not such an elaborate one. Any ideas?????

http://www.ceramicsbyyouinc.com/stained_glass_girl_large.jpg

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Posted: 15 April 2009 05:39 PM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 1 ]
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Your niece is going to love anything you make smile.  The easiest thing that comes to mind is cutting gelatin sheets into a window shape and piping a royal icing window frame around that.  Then there’s always the melted lifesaver stained glass trick… usually done in the cut out section of sugar cookies.  You could make a solid window structure out of pastillage (sp?) and paint it with food colors.

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Posted: 15 April 2009 08:14 PM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 2 ]
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Thanks Patricia. How do I colour the gelatine sheets though? I thought about the stained glass cookies with the Lifesavers but I’m trying to do it in white and the cookies will be brownish.

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Posted: 15 April 2009 08:28 PM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 3 ]
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Gelatin sheets are amber in color, and they already have a diamond pattern imprinted on them, so you’d want to use them as it, not color them.  If you go the cookie route, you could cover the brown cookie with with royal icing.

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Posted: 15 April 2009 08:29 PM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 4 ]
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Another thought would be to paint sugar cookies with a colored egg glaze before baking them.  The Pioneer Woman did a post about that around Christmas time.  I think she used colored egg yolks, but colored egg whites would work better (purer color).

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Posted: 15 April 2009 08:51 PM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 5 ]
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Hi Rozanne,

You could consider making the “glass” out of colored confectionary coating…a al The Whimsical Bakehouse (by Liv and Kaye Hansen).  It wouldn’t be transparent, but it would be pretty and taste good.

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Posted: 16 April 2009 12:42 AM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 6 ]
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Rose has the egg yolk colouring technique in her cookie book. I have never tried it. Maybe I should do a test batch. I like the gelatine sheet idea but would like some colour in it. Oh well…..

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Posted: 16 April 2009 12:43 AM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 7 ]
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Gia - 15 April 2009 11:51 PM

Hi Rozanne,

You could consider making the “glass” out of colored confectionary coating…a al The Whimsical Bakehouse (by Liv and Kaye Hansen).  It wouldn’t be transparent, but it would be pretty and taste good.

Gia, where can I find this recipe? Is it in the book or on their website?

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Posted: 16 April 2009 08:06 AM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 8 ]
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The whole method is in their book, but you can get the basics from their websites:
http://www.whimsicalbakehouse.com/
http://whimsicalbakehouse.blogspot.com/

I personally love the method…you melt confectionary coating, color with candy colors, and make shapes/designs etc to go on your cakes.  The chocolate designs hold up well, and can be made far in advance.  I’ve done several bigger pieces too and never had a problem with breaking etc.  Once piece of advice is find a brand of confectionary coating that melts well.  I started out using Wilton’s Candy Melts, and never liked the way they melted.  They were always thick, never smooth. I switched to Merckens and they worked so much better.

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Posted: 16 April 2009 12:48 PM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 9 ]
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Thank you Gia.

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