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a shore thing…. candy clay shells


Much as I like what fondant does, I just can’t get into the taste. I’ve been playing around with candy clay instead. Not quite as user friendly as fondant, and while, like fondant, it’s super sweet, it’s definitely better tasting than the alternative. I’ll be sure to post more ideas on how to decorate with candy clay, but I started out with some sea things. (My great grandfather was a lighthouse keeper here, so I’ve a penchant for shore things. That and it’s summer.)

Ideas for using candy clay shells:

  • top store-bought cookies (adhere with a dab of light corn syrup)
  • decorate cupcakes or cakes that have been topped with light brown sugar “sand”
  • let stiffen overnight and wrap as party favors
  • display with fruits on a dessert table

to make starfish candy you will need:
candy clay (recipe at the end of this post)
yellow food coloring (I used Americolor soft gel paste, Egg Yellow)
star cookie cutter (I used 3 inch, but you can use a sm
aller cutter if desired)
wax paper

rolling pin
lollipop stick or stirrer straw


how to make starfish candy
Take a handful of candy clay and knead a couple drops of yellow coloring very well into clay. Roll into a ball. Roll clay about 1/4 inch thick between two pieces of wax paper. Cut out a star. With your fingers, bend the tips of the star in different directions. With the lollipop stick or small straw, make imprints along the spokes. Place on a wax paper-lined baking tray to dry at room temperature several hours or overnight.

to make sand dollar candy you will need:
candy clay (recipe at the end of this post)
white food coloring (I used
Americolor soft gel paste, Bright White)
circle
cookie cutter (I used 2 1/2 inch)
wax paper

rolling pin
lollipop stick or stirrer straw


how to make sand dollar candy
Knead a handful of candy clay with a few drops of white coloring. Roll into a ball. Roll candy clay between two pieces of wax paper thinly. Cut out your circle. Place circle on a tray lined with wax paper. Insert end of stick or small straw to make five holes. Tips: I wiggled the stick a bit to elongate the opening. If candy clay cracks when making holes, re-mold with your fingers. I planned out my holes first by making light imprints with the lollipop stick, and I planned the spacing so the holes were in a circle.

to make shell candy you will need:
candy clay (recipe at the end of this post)
brown and pink food coloring (I used Americolor soft gel paste, Chocolate Brown, Egg Yellow and Electric Pink)
circle cookie cutter (I used 2 1/2 inch)
wax paper
rolling pin


how to make shell candy
Knead a handful of candy clay with a drop of brown coloring (I also added a touch of yellow coloring) to make light brown. Knead a handful of candy clay with a drop of pink to make light pink. Roll each into a ball. Roll each color thinly between two pieces of wax paper. Cut out a circle of each. Place a circle of pink candy clay on top of a circle of brown clay. Carefully (to avoid cracking), starting with the side of the circle, use your fingers to roll the candy clay into a tube. Pinch one end. Let stiffen on a wax paper lined baking tray.

recipe for candy clay
2 Tbsp. shortening
2 Tbsp. light corn syrup
1 tsp. vanilla extract
1/4 tsp. salt
4 cups confectioner’s sugar

Mix together the first 4 ingredients, then gradually blend in the confectioner’s sugar. The mixture will be crumbly. Knead with your hands until smooth and pliable. You can add a few drops of water, or more corn syrup, if it’s way too dry. Roll into a ball and store at room temperature in a sealed bag.

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10 Comments

  1. Marian
    Posted July 10, 2009 at 12:51 pm | Permalink

    This candy clay looks interesting! I can't wait to try it.
    Pretty decorations too! =)

  2. Amalia
    Posted July 11, 2009 at 9:12 pm | Permalink

    Ciao!
    Mi piace molto il tuo blog, complimenti per le decorazioni,
    Amalia

  3. Chic Cookies
    Posted July 12, 2009 at 1:34 am | Permalink

    Thank you! And Grazie!

  4. Anonymous
    Posted July 12, 2009 at 3:16 am | Permalink

    You should try adding melted white chocolate chips, that's usually what's in candy clay.

  5. Lisa Stone
    Posted July 13, 2009 at 9:53 pm | Permalink

    Interesting! Do you know how long it keeps?

  6. Chic Cookies
    Posted July 14, 2009 at 1:12 am | Permalink

    Anonymous–I tried making candy clay with white candy melts once and it was so greasy, but I think I messed up the ratio. I'll try again with white chocolate (it would taste even better). Lisa–good question! I don't know for sure, but given the ingredients are the same as my frosting only fewer, my guess is it would last at room temperature in a sealed container for a few weeks.

  7. Courtney
    Posted July 16, 2009 at 11:59 am | Permalink

    My brother is having a beach birthday party this week and these will be perfect! Thanks for the wonderful instructions and easy looking recipe :)

  8. Lisa Stone
    Posted July 17, 2009 at 6:03 pm | Permalink

    Thanks for the answer! I tried this recipe and it was very dry. I added water until it got to the right consistency, but the flowers that I cutout dried very brittle. Did anyone have these results? Should I try adding chocolate?

    Thanks for the advice!

  9. Chic Cookies
    Posted July 17, 2009 at 8:46 pm | Permalink

    I'd love to know more, too, if anyone has more tips. I found chocolate to be so greasy, but maybe it'd make it less dry. some of my stuff cracked, too. The clay just isn't as user-friendly as fondant, but I'm still determined to find something that is and tastes better!

  10. Fat Mama's Cakes
    Posted August 11, 2009 at 9:26 am | Permalink

    Your candy clay recipe looks very similar to the fondant recipes in some of the older gourmet cookbooks that I've read. I've actually tried some of them and you can model with them but they don't have the stretch that fondant does. Have you tried marshmallow fondant yet? You might be surprised at how good it can taste, especially with a bit of flavoring. Anyhow, thanks for the instructions on making a sand dollar, I'll be trying them soon!

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