Edible Art: the Future of Crafting
Edible art is any foodstuff created with the intent to transform it into a piece of artwork. This shouldn’t be confused with edible arrangements — it’s created from the food, as opposed to created using arranged food. Because of this, it’s generally a lot more elaborate. Common techniques are sculpting and airbrushing, building huge edible structures using multiple applications. Edible art is a truly fascinating concept — one that is the future of crafting.
Although edible art has been around for decades, it only really started to become popular in the last few years. Popular baking TV shows like ‘Cake Boss’, ‘The Great British Bake Off’ and ‘Creme de la Creme’ have prompted greater interest, bringing the once unknown to our screens. Now, we’ve started to see another big development: dessert restaurants.
I’m sure when we all first heard about dessert restaurants, we were a little perplexed. Desserts are regularly overlooked in restaurants, often offering four different options at most. Usually, dinner is the forefront of everyone’s minds — up until now. Dessert restaurants exist to fill that void in our lives; a place to go to find the extravagant.
There’s so much competition between dessert restaurants that they have to come up with original edible artistry to beat their competitors. Then there’s Pinterest, the hub of all artistry — especially mouth-watering edible art. So what does this all mean? We, as consumers, are now witnessing more and more profound baked goods and sugar crafting in daily life.
How Difficult is it to Create Edible Art at Home?
Although it looks arduous, edible art really isn’t that difficult to create so long as you have the right tools, some patience, and a lot of determination for the task at hand. Luckily, we know just the person with the skills and passion for edible art to show you how easy it can be.
Cassie Brown is an edible art extraordinaire, and she just so happens to be one of our Ambassadors. She strives to create unique and original pieces of sugarcraft art that you wouldn’t usually see displayed in the window of a bakery. Her style is quirky and a whole lot of fun — something that we can’t get enough of. So what’s her latest sugar artistry?
She calls it “Ice Cream Delight“.
Ice cream? What’s the big deal about that?
You’ll be happy to know that these ice cream scoops aren’t difficult to make at home. So long as you have Wilton’s Decorator Preferred Fondant, Yellow Icing Colour and Violet Icing Colour to hand, you’ll have all the ingredients you need for success. The technique Cassie uses is pretty smart — she simply dyed the fondant two different colours, rolled them into balls, and then turned those balls inside out until they look like they want to tear.
After arranging the scoops, she decorated with Wilton Gold Sequins. But oh no, it doesn’t end there. Can you really have ice cream without a sauce of some sort? Cassie’s favourite is strawberry — and again, it’s a breeze to make. You’ve probably heard of Candy Melts, right? These magical little drops can be melted down to make just about anything. And that’s exactly what Cassie did. After microwaving Pink Candy Melts in a piping bag, she squeezed it out.
Drip Cakes — the Height of Fashion
Cassie didn’t want to stop there. If you’re a keen Pinterest user, you’ve probably encountered a lot of drip cakes in your time. They are the height of baking fashion at the moment — everyone wants one. Well, the good news is that it’s pretty easy to create the drip effect.
This time, she used Wilton’s Royal Icing mixed with their Yellow Icing Colour to produce the delicious cream colour. After transferring to a piping bag, she carefully piped around the edge of the cake so that the icing dripped down the sides. Then, she filled in the top. Simple!
The final piece of Cassie’s ice cream puzzle is her edible ice cream cones. Again, not real ice cream. The secret to creating these cute little embellishments is Wilton’s Ice Cream Metal Cookie Cutter Set. She simply rolled out Ready-to-Use Gum Paste and cut out the shapes. She then used thin strips of gum paste to create extra details on the cones.
And One of the Most Important Supplies…
“I love the disposable piping bags from Wilton. When they first came I was expecting them on a roll like other disposable bags, but they’re all together. When you pull them from the box, you can easily hang them up on the wall and just tear off one at a time as needed. If you wash them out they can last for several uses. Great value for money!” — Cassie