MARSHMALLOW MODELING PLAY DOUGH RECIPE

Italian version

What goodness, only naming it makes my mouth happy, don’t you? ^ – ^ This marshmallow modeling play dough is very similar to sugar paste as a consistency. It is simple to make and is ready in just a few minutes.

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Marshmallow mania

ADVANTAGES OF MARSHMALLOW MODELING PLAY DOUGH

There’s something else! Among the other advantages this marshmallow modeling play dough is edible, so the children of all ages can play with it.

If by chance, driven by curiosity, they decided to taste it they would not run any risk. Well, maybe you would, moms… you know that too much sugar excites our little ones, right? Which is why just use moderation… allow only a few bites ^ – ^

Also, if they’re dying to eat their delicious marshmallow modeling play dough, they can always use it to decorate a cake. Isn’t this a good idea? Preparing a cake with mom is always a pleasant activity, almost as much as tasting it in the good company of the whole family!

Why don’t you let them decorate the cake for their birthday? Think about when your munchkins, before blowing out the candles, will exclaim with pride in front of all their friends: “I did it!“.

I have collected for you some pictures of decorated cakes to inspire you. That of penguins is suitable for Leo who celebrates his birthday right on Christmas Eve ^ – ^! As you can see, the shapes are really simple to make for children:

marshmallow modeling play dough
Angry birds cake
marshmallow modeling play dough
Christmas cake

LET’S PREPARE THE MARSHMALLOW MODELING PLAY DOUGH

At this point fasten your apron and go to your workshop: the kitchen! You will need only a few ingredients and a little water to make this modeling marshmallow dough.

Ingredients:

  • 5 oz. of marshmallow

  • 11,5 oz. of icing sugar

  • 2 tbsp of water

If you want your marshmallow modeling play dough to show off a bright color, add some food coloring or, for a softer color, pastel, use already colored marshmallows.

Instructions:

Pour the marshmallows into a glass bowl and place them in the microwave oven at high temperature for about a minute until they have melted. I recommend being careful not to cook them! Then, add the icing sugar and start mixing with an oily spoon of butter until you get your delicious marshmallow modeling play dough.

When you start working the marshmallow modeling play dough with your hands, grease them with a little butter… Hot sugar is very sticky ;)! The dough will be ready when it will no longer be stringy and will have the consistency of a dough. At that point add the food coloring and knead again until the mixture is homogeneous.

Warning: the marshmallows just come out of the microwave are nice warm, if there is a greedy desire to taste them do not put your finger inside, use a teaspoon and blow them over before savoring them! Bon appetite ^ – ^.

Preservation: you can keep the marshmallow modeling play dough wrapped in transparent film and store it in a cool and dry place for about a month… If you can not eat it all before ^ – ^!

Whatever will be the object created by your children you can dry it in the air, this way it will last for months. Here’s another very nice idea: the children can make placeholders or decorations for the Christmas tree or for Easter. They can give them to grandparents, uncles and little cousins as a present!

FREE WAY TO CREATIVITY

If you are very creative moms and love cake design, I recommend you this kit of tools to decorate your delights together with your kids.

Do you love cake design? Then take a look at my cake design and how to start a cake decorating business posts.

The things that can be made with this marshmallow modeling play dough are really a lot, plus the dough gives off a very delicate smell of sugar, it will be a real pleasure for the tact and the sense of smell of our children! Something tells me that the munchkins will go crazy ^ – ^.

I wish you lots of fun and let me know how it goes. And do not forget to show me the pictures of the wonderful creations that your little artists made. See you in the comments below 😉

see you next time,

Arianna

PASTA MODELLABILE AI MARSHMALLOW

English version

Che bontà, solo il nome mi mette l’acquolina in bocca, a voi no? ^-^ Questa pasta modellabile è molto simile alla pasta di zucchero come consistenza. È semplice da realizzare ed è pronta in pochi minuti.

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VANTAGGI DELLA PASTA MODELLABILE AI MARSHMALLOW

Ma non è finita qui! Tra gli altri vantaggi di questa pasta modellabile ai marshmallow c’è da includere il fatto che è commestibile, quindi ci possono giocare i bimbi di tutte le età.

Se per caso, spinti dalla curiosità, decidessero di assaggiarla non correrebbero alcun rischio. Bè, magari voi sì, mamme… sapete che troppo zucchero eccita i nostri piccolini, vero? Ragion per cui usate moderazione ^-^

Inoltre, se proprio muoiono dalla voglia di mangiare la loro deliziosa pasta modellabile ai marshmallow, potete sempre decorarci una torta. Non è una bella idea? Preparare una torta con la mamma è sempre una piacevole attività, quasi quanto gustarsela con tutta la famiglia!

Idea! Perché non decorarci la torta per il loro compleanno? Pensate che gioia quando i vostri frugoletti, prima di spegnere le candeline sulla torta, esclameranno con orgoglio davanti a tutti i loro amici: “L’ho fatta io!”.

Ho raccolto per voi qualche immagine di torte decorate per ispirarvi. Quella dei pinguini è adatta a Leo che compie gli anni la vigilia di Natale ^-^! Come vedete le forme sono davvero semplici da realizzare per i bambini:

Torta pasta modellabile ai marshmallow
Decorazione “Angry Birds”
Decorazione natalizia in pasta modellabile ai marshmallow
Decorazione natalizia

PREPARIAMO LA PASTA MODELLABILE AI MARSHMALLOW

A questo punto allacciate il grembiule ed andate nel vostro laboratorio: la cucina! Vi serviranno solo due ingredienti e un po’ d’acqua per realizzare la pasta modellabile ai marshmallow.

Ingredienti:

  • 150 gr. di marshmallow

  • 330 gr. di zucchero a velo

  • 2 cucchiai di acqua

* Se volete che la vostra pasta sfoggi un colore sgargiante aggiungete del colorante alimentare oppure, per un colore più tenue, pastello, usate dei marshmallow già colorati.

Procedimento:

Versate i marshmallow in una ciotola di vetro e metteteli nel forno a microonde a temperatura alta per circa un minuto a finché si saranno sciolti. Fate attenzione a non cuocerli, mi raccomando! Poi, aggiungete lo zucchero a velo ed iniziate a mescolare con un cucchiaio unto di burro fino ad ottenere la vostra deliziosa pasta modellabile.

Quando inizierete a lavorare la pasta con le mani ungetele con un po’ di burro… lo zucchero caldo è molto appiccicoso ;). La pasta sarà pronta quando non sarà più filamentosa ed avrà la consistenza di  un panetto. A quel punto aggiungete il colorante e impastate ancora fino a rendere il composto omogeneo.

Attenzione: i marshmallow appena usciti dal microonde sono belli caldi, se vi viene la voglia golosa di assaggiarli non infilateci il dito dentro, usate un cucchiaino e soffiateci sopra prima di assaporarli! Buon appetito ^-^.

Conservazione: potete conservare questa ghiotta pasta avvolta nella pellicola trasparente e riporla in un logo fresco e asciutto per circa un mese… se riuscite a non mangiarla tutta prima ^-^!

Qualsiasi sarà l’oggettino creato dai vostri bimbi potrete farlo seccare all’aria, in questo modo durerà per mesi. Ecco un’altra un’idea molto carina: i bimbi possono realizzare dei segnaposto o delle decorazioni per l’albero di Natale oppure per Pasqua. Potranno regalarle ai nonni, agli zii e ai cuginetti!

VIA LIBERA ALLA CREATIVITÀ

Se siete delle mamme molto creative e che amano il cake design, vi segnalo questo kit di strumenti per decorare le vostre delizie assieme ai vostri frugoletti.

Amate il cake design? Allora date uno sguardo ai miei post sul cake design e come iniziare un business come decoratrice di torte.

Le cose che si possono realizzare con questa pasta modellabile ai marshmallow sono davvero tante, in più la pasta emana un delicatissimo odore di zucchero, sarà un vero piacere per il tatto e per l’olfatto dei nostri bambini! Qualcosa mi dice che i cuccioli ne andranno matti ^-^.

Se vi siete divertite a preparare la pasta modellabile ai marshmallow qui trovate altre 6 ricette di paste modellabili fai da te facili per voi da preparare e sicure per i vostri bambini.

Vi auguro buon divertimento e fatemi sapere come è andata. E non dimenticatevi di mostrarmi le foto delle meravigliose creazioni che hanno realizzato i vostri piccoli artisti. Ci sentiamo nei commenti qua sotto 😉

Vi abbraccio,

alla prossima,

Arianna

STARTING CAKE DECORATING BUSINESS: FROM PASSION TO REAL JOB

I was surfing on the internet the other day and found a very peculiar website: cakeatvicfalls.com What do they do? A wonderful thing.

They promote an amazing location such as Victoria Falls in Zimbabwe and wedding cakes. You will, perhaps, be asking yourself: how can these two things be reconciled? Because if it happens that you wanna get married in a very scenic location, Victoria Falls could be the place right for you, plus you’re already on honeymoon! I think this a brilliant idea.

This is not my first post about cake design, though. I am literally enchanted by this profession. So, I thought of writing a post for all those people who’d love to be a cake decorator and starting their cake decorating business.

This article is dedicated to all those who want to turn this passion into a real job, probably the job they’ve ever dreamt of and never dared to actually be doing.

Tracy from cakeatvicfalls.com

I’m gonna do that with a precious help. May I introduce you the landlady of “Cake at Vic Falls”?

Tracy, there she is. She’s a wedding decorator and in addition to designing the wedding cake of your dreams she can also help you “with tips and free travel advice to this amazing vacation spot”, Victoria Falls.

On her website she tells about how she’s always looked forward to see the wedding cake at every single wedding she attended… “Never mind the bride” ^_^

For Tracy the protagonist is the cake, which transforms the bride’s dreams into reality. That’s pure love for one’s job and everybody knows that a job done with love can become a true work of art.

She can create a bespoke unique wonder that becomes memorable to the couple, just for them, for their special day. You can ask Tracy for a three tiered cake with flavor sponges, carrot, red velvet and many more flavors, she’ll be happy to please you.

Tracy’s creations

Having the honor to create such an important piece of one of the most significant day in someone’s life “is a very special feeling only a cake-decorator would know about”, Tracy says and she wants it perfect in every way.

It looks like Tracy cares about the wedding cake more than the bride herself does and in a way it is like that, because she actually creates it with the best ingredients she can have to ensure you your unforgettable dream cake.

The best part of that? The face of the bride as she takes a look at her cake for the first time!

Not to mention when a delighted bride has a double-take of it! That’s why Tracy loves to do her job… because it makes people happy!

She’s so into cake decoration that she wrote a guide for those who want to learn this art!

I find it wonderful that she wants to share her knowledge with people willing to learn.

Furthermore, she’s always looking up new things for her to freshen up her cake decorating skills… You never stop learning!

Do you like to decorate cakes? Would you like to turn this passion into a real job?

It’s never too late to decide to change your life! There’s always time for a fresh start at any minute, any age. At least I do think so!

I can tell you, because I personally know a girl that did it: she changed her job, she moved to another Country, she definitely changed her life and now she’s happy as can be! But this is another story of which I speak in this other post.

Back to us, if you really want to dive into such an adventure you need just one thing to start: the desire to take this chance on the fly, because, remember that time flies!

OK, you took your decision and now what? Don’t panic, for Tracy can help you too in this! Just visit her page Essential guide to learn cake decorating, where you’ll find precious tips and advice.

There are 6 important steps to take to become a cake decorator and she guides you right through each of them.

From focusing on your goals in cake decorating to tips about lessons, tutorials and membership sites as well as where to buy the tools you need to actually creating your business. Step by step, Tracy takes you into the cake decorating world.

GETTING STARTED WITH YOUR OWN CAKE DECORATOR BUSINESS ON LINE

If you were inspired by Tracy’s story and want to follow in her footsteps to become a cake designer you might wanna use a few more tips. Have you ever thought about launching your business on line? It could be very profitable!

It’s not so complicated as you could think at first, neither that hard. If these thinking have always held you back, it’s time to understand technically how it actually works.

You clearly chose your niche already! Congratulations… You are a step forward.

Now you have to chose a name (that will be your domain) for your on line business. Verify that it is available (that does not belong to anyone else so you can legally use it).

Start to build your website. Don’t be scared. Anyone with no web designing skills at all can do that. There are many platforms that provide you a template already done, such as Word Press, and all you have to do is add contents (text and pictures).

You can also start your website for free on platform like this one without paying for a domain, but I recommend buying a.com if you are really serious about this.

Now that you’ve made the world know about you and your wonderful creations by building your own website, you have to make it work. That means you have to drive traffic to it, engage people with your contents and, eventually, earn from it. That sounds a bit scaring, I know, especially if you have no experience with the world wide web at all.

So, if you’re an ace of cakes but lack of technical knowledge, no worries. You can find so much help online.

There are communities where you can find all you need not only to build your website but to make your business work.

A community in particular really cares about your success on line and helps you to reach your goals. They provide training, lessons even classes to learn all you need to be successful. Click here to sign up! Did I say it’s free? ^_^ Believe me, it’s worth it!

If you want to know how to make money with your blog step by step, I know the right person for you: Marlinda. Take a look at her web site, because she can really help!

OK, now you have all the tools to start your business. Then, I just have to wish you good job!

I hope this post helped you to take the decision you waited too long to take. I wanna hear good news from you as soon as possible and, maybe, I will write a post about your business one day! Please feel free to leave comments or ask questions. I’m looking forward to read your comments!

See you soon,

Arianna

UNICORN CAKES DESIGNS AND OTHER DELIGHTS

So, you got me, I am a unicorn lover. Are you? (Let’s be serious: it’s hard not to be one!). I also like food very much. So, today I did combine both these elements. What? No, I’m not going to eat a unicorn, LOL! Wait a moment, yes I actually am… in a way, and likely you are too.

Here’s the thing: are you looking for amazing unicorn cakes designs? If the answer is yes, well, you’re very lucky. I found at least two of the cutest things I’ve ever seen about that. Not just unicorn, but also many other cakes designs ideas.

The face of “Unicorns eat cookies”

Guys meet “Unicorns eat cookies, the blog of a girl who knows a lot about cakes and cake designs.

Her name is Nicole. She lives in a fantastic place where unicorns eat cookies and it’s she herself to bake for them.

Italian by birth, but living in UK, Nicole tells a “story made of a thousand different flavors and colors, where cookies are protagonists”.

She loves to prepare delightful bites and she would even like to hire a unicorn for home delivery. Who knows, maybe one day she’ll accomplish this task, by the way, we wish her to succeed.

Not by chance she says she’s a daydreamer. Meanwhile, she bakes palate’s delights that are yummy even in pictures! Take a look at these cake toppers:

Cake toppers

UNICORN DESIGN

Homemade big fan, Nicole’s recipes are totally made up with natural ingredients: because she wants only the best for her unicorns.

Without further delay let’s get started with this roundup of delicious goodness. Which other cake would I be talking about first if not the unicorn chiffon cake?

Unicorn chiffon cake

Known to be as fluffy as a cloud this cake is butter cream covered and sugar paste decorated with meringues on top. Wonderful, is it? Simply perfect… actually, thinking about it, it has a flaw, a big one, I can tell: it’s too beautiful to be eaten ^_^

Would you like to try it? No worries, because, since she cares about her unicorns, Nicole made a video-tutorial to make this wonderful cake.

That’s a good idea to surprise your guests at your little girl’s birthday party or, why not, at your own.

I promised you another unicorn design; well, it’s not proper a cake, but it’s a simple and amazing decoration that would be perfect on a cake too. Drum roll… Ta-da! It’s a unicorn pumpkin.

Nicole used fondant to decorate it, but, you could also apply this idea to realize a centerpiece by using clay.

Pumpkin unicorn

 IDEAS FOR THE EASTER TABLE

It’s almost Easter time, which is why the next cake is a carrot cake filled with cream cheese and topped with a cute lamb face.

Who says that Easter is just for Easter Bunny? In Italy, we are used to eating lamb on Easter Day, but whether you are a vegan or simply don’t eat meat this carrot cake should do.

Carrot cake with Easter decoration

Nicole made an Easter centerpiece too by decorating eggs using only Mother Nature’s help: vegetables to color them. Here’s how to have different colors:

Natural DIY Easter eggs
  • Red cabbage to make turquoise eggs
  • Carrots to turn them bright yellow
  • Yellow onions to turn them brick-red
  • Blueberries to turn them light purple
  • Spinach to turn them green.

TO MOMS AND DADS

Italian jam tart for Mother’s Day

Spring is in the air and this decorated Italian jam tart seems to celebrate this season.

Actually Nicole made this cake for her mom, in particular for Mother’s Day, and the spontaneity of a mother’s love inspired this simple and beautiful design.

She used an Italian shortcrust for the base and then a pie crust (like a traditional American one) to decorate, because, as she explains, “decorations keep their shape better after being baked”.

I love particularly this idea where these two traditions meet, because Italy is my origin country and North America is the country where I currently live, plus I love crust pies!

 

Moustaches cake for Father’s Day

We talked about moms, now it’s dads time!

Our Nicole made this special delicacy for Father’s Day.

Why mustaches to decorate it?Because her dad used to have mustaches back in the 70’s and this memory is related to her childhood. How sweet!

 


FRUIT TRIUMPH

This recipe made me literally freak out! I love things that are not what they look like. It’s a creativity blast, I mean taking a subject and turning it into something else, not altering its essence… it’s brilliant! Here is fruit sushi:

Fruit sushi

Fruit tarts with custard cream are another big passion of mine, also are a cornerstone the Italian confectionery tradition… I remember looking forward to dessert time during Sunday’s family’s lunches.

Just take the chance to taste them and you can’t help loving them too. A rainbow of hues and a perfect mix between creamy and fresh. I totally agree with Nicole when she says “Guys, believe me, these tarts are amazing!”

Fruit tarts with custard cream

CHOCOLATE IS ALWAYS OVER THE TOP 

Dulcis in fundo (Last but not least), I left chocolate as the last today’s recipe. Back in the UK, after her Italian Christmas holidays, Nicole published the recipe of chocolate bites on a stick, perfect side dish of a delicious cup of hot chocolate.

My mouth is watering just thinking about it, yum.

Chocolate bites on a stick

This dessert’s presentation is truly a synthesis of design: it combines the beauty (in this case the goodness) with the functional.

In fact, these pieces of chocolate on a stick are perfect to soak in hot cocoa without getting dirty, but enjoying all the pleasure of the chocolate taste that melts in your mouth. Great job Nicole!


HEART AND TASTE

You know what? I really like how passionate Nicole is about her job, especially because every recipe is filled up not just only with delicious stuffing but, above all, with memories linked to her roots: Italian traditional baking.

I leave you with all these great ideas about cake design and I invite you to try some Nicole’s recipes and tell us how it went. Deal? Looking forward to reading your comments and watching some pictures of yours recipes.

Thanks for reading this post, I hope you liked it as much as I enjoyed writing it.

See you soon,

Arianna