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Sparkly, bouncy stars are an easy go-to decoration that turn any simple cake into an instant celebration. Because they are made with gum paste, they are the perfect accent to make ahead by the dozen and sparkle up as needed!
Just store them in an airtight container, pull and add disco dust and insert in the cake…it’s just that simple.
Here’s what you’ll need:
Star Cutter Set with various size cutters
20 guage white wire
One egg white in a bowl at room temperature
Rolling pin and rolling board
Sheet tray covered with parchment
Step 1: Roll And Cut Out Stars And Insert Wire
Coat a rolling board very lightly with shortening and roll out a small portion of gum paste to 1/8″ thickness. (Be sure not to make the gum paste too thick or the stars will be too heavy for the wire to support their weight.) Use the star cutter set to cut out various size stars.
Note: If you normally roll out your gum paste on corn starch then go ahead and use corn starch. Later, you will just need to thoroughly dust off any powder before applying the egg white or the glitter won’t stick.
Next, take a 20 guage wire and dip the end in egg white. Hold a star firmly, but gently between your fingers and insert the dipped end 3/4 of the way through the star. You should see the faint line of the wire inside the star but it should not be poking out from either side.
Place the star on the sheet tray to dry and continue with the remaining gum paste stars. After a few hours flip the stars over on the tray so that they do not stick. Leave them to dry overnight or longer. Cover your egg white in plastic wrap and place in the fridge.
Step 2: Add Glitter
Once dry, remove a star from the pan and brush with a light coating of egg white. Sprinkle with disco dust and shake off the excess on to a piece of parchment paper.
Lift and fold the parchment paper in order to funnel any glitter back into the container to reuse later. Clip the wire using scissors to create different length stars and insert into the cake.