As Christmas 2011 moves from present to past, it’s time to focus on the next holiday or event. Mardi Gras, Valentine’s Day and Chinese New Year are just around the corner. About a week before Christmas I started on my Mardi Gras masks. These mini masks were made from gumpaste, rolled out thin and cut with a small mask cookie cutter. Gumpaste is made of glucose, gum-tex, and confectioner’s sugar. It is 100% edible but tastes like sweet leather and it dries very hard.
I placed them on a curved flower former overnight to dry. Using water downed food coloring, I painted them with either the Mardi Gras colors (Yellow-Gold, purple, green) or red for Valentine’s Day. They had to dry completely which took another 8 hours before painting them with lustre dust. Lustre dust is powdered edible glitter that comes in many shades. Mixed with a few drops of vodka, it turns into a thin pasted and can be painted on top of gumpaste, fondant, and royal icing for a beautiful effect.
One use for these masks is as a cupcake topper. This cupcake is a “dummie” cupcake. It was made from styrofoam and will be used for a display.