It was my dads birthday and I decided to make some nibbles that would be great fun to look at… and of course eat!
My dad is a bright and colourful character so making some jazzy cakes and biscuits seemed just perfect for him to enjoy. Who doesn’t enjoy playing with their food… really?!
I decided, that I would like to play with food colouring. I don’t have much experience using food colouring and only very rarely use it. But, I wanted to have a go and see what I could do!
I started by making a basic sponge cake mix. I like to make sure I measure everything correctly with thee cute vintage measuring spoons from CakeMart, so that you get a really fluffy balanced cake. You want to beat as much air into the mix as possible and make sure that you sift your ingredients well to avoid making a lumpy mixture. These 4 spoons are ceramic and look absolutely gorgeous hanging in the kitchen, especially if you like to go for a Retro look like us. They feel heavy and very well made, and I trust that they shall last us for many years to come.
Once you have made your mix, divide it into 3 separate tubs. I recommend using tubs that you don’t mind staining- as these are the tubs that you shall be adding your Wilton Food Colouring Gel Set into. I chose to use a colouring gel, which is actually designed for icing. A friend of mine told me about this method as it uses the smallest amount of colouring gel- meaning that you don’t waste anything. Also, you only need the one colouring set for all of your baking, rather than having to buy separate products for separate uses. I used the tip of a tooth pick to add the colour slowly, as it only takes a very small amount to get bright vibrant colours into your mix. The Wilson Gels are so vibrant and easy to cook. The tubs of gel looks tiny, but I hardly used anything from the tub to get so much colour. I can imagine that these gels will last me a very long time indeed, and with 8 different gels in a case, you are never short of colours to experiment with.
I have some great multi-coloured cake cases, from our local supermarket. I chose a case that would clash colours with the cake inside for a really vibrant affect. Once baked, allow them to cool completely on a cooling rack, before making up your icing.
For the cake topping I made a butter icing from icing sugar mixed with butter (following instructions on the icing sugar pack) and again, used a tooth pick to add the smallest of colouring gel into the icing mix. The colour was just so bright and yellow, I was genuinely shocked at how amazing the icing looked.
Biscuits are so easy to make, and don’t take long at all. A standard biscuit recipe is easy to follow, no fuss and the kid love playing with the mix, almost like playdoh!
Once you have made your biscuit dough, divide the ball of biscuit mix into 3 or 4 smaller balls, and in plastic tubs add a drop of the food colouring gel onto each one. I recommend wearing protective gloves for this next part, to avoid skin staining- Using your hands, fold the dough over until all of the gel is mixed evenly throughout the dough. Wrap in clingfilm and allow the dough 30 minutes to sit in the fridge to cool down. Do this with each ball of dough and a different colour.
I next used my Alphabet cookie cutters from CakeMart to cut out lots of letters in different colours. I wanted to spell ‘Happy Birthday’ with a range of coloured letters, and I think this worked rather well. This delightful little cookie cutter set comes in its own wonderful tin and the dinky set of 26 cutters creates perfectly precise letters. The cutters would also be great for creating words from marzipan and fondant icing. A great set that will be used time and time again and can be used for every occasion.
Simply roll out your cooled biscuit dough and press out the shapes needed. I recommend using a straw or even a skinny pencil to pop out the dough from the cutters, as they are small and fiddly. You don’t want to loose the shape of your awesome biscuits. Place them onto a baking tray lined with baking paper and pop into the oven for just 5-10 minutes. It is such a short amount of time as the biscuits are small and don’t need much time to cook them through.
Once baked, I allowed the biscuits to cool before arranging on my plate into the words I wanted. The rest I just popped into a bowl and served to the side as a fun extra nibble. The kids Loved is and had great fun identifying the letters of the alphabet, and making up words!
With the left over dough from the biscuits, I squished all of the coloured dough’s together and rolled flat, to create a marbled affect. I think cut out star shapes from some other cutters I owned and baked. A great way of using every last bit of dough.
A very fun (and colourful) birthday to treat to make with the kids for granddad. I have Olive’s birthday coming up in a few weeks, so I cant wait to get crafty and see what creations I can make for her special day too.
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