What You Will Need for this Project
- Cookie cutter – angel shape with wing
- Vegetable Oil – flavorless
- Silicon bowls
- Hard Candy
- Waxed Paper
- Microwave Oven
Finding A Mold
As I mentioned in a previous post about making pixies for Noelle’s Birthday cake, I looked all over to find a wing mold for the pixie wings. Michaels had a mustache mold, but it was not for hard candy. Finally, I remembered that I had an angel cookie cutter whose wings would probably be just right. My next dilemma was whether to use crushed hard candy, or to make hard candy myself. I only needed to make candy for four wings, but I could not find any clear hand candy, so I purchased Jolly Rogers and corn syrup – I could do either one.
Now that the wings are complete, I made the pixies out of marzipan.
Making the Mold
I took my angel and laid foil over my angel’s wing, pressed all around it, then cut out around it. Since the cutter had the rest of the angel, I pushed that part up so that the mold was sealed on all sides.
I was still not sure if my foil mold would hold the hot syrup, so I oiled one up, crushed a Jolly Rodger, and heated it to melting in the microwave in one of my silicon prep bowls. I poured it into the mold, and it did just fine! It looked so nice, I decided to do the wings with the Jolly Roger candy.
I put four pieces of a single color candy on a single sheet of wax paper, then folded it over, and used my hand so seal it off. Then I used a hammer to crush and break up and candy. I put the candy into the silicon prep bowls, ready for the microwave.
I used a q-tip soaked in vegetable oil to oil my molds. It’s very important to oil them well, or your product will not come out once it has set.
I put the candy into the microwave for about 50 seconds. Watch it carefully, because if you let it go too long, it will start to caramelize. Check the microwave at 40 seconds, and let it continue at 3 second intervals until the candy is bubbling nicely.
Very carefully, remove the molten candy from the microwave, and pour into the molds. The picture above shows mine in their molds cooling off before being removed from the molds.
After the candies cool off, they need to be wrapped up. Oxygen is your enemy! I wrapped mine up in waxed paper that they will not stick to, and then wrapped that up in foil.
As I was doing this project, I realized that I can make molds out of just about any cookie cutter, fill them with whatever I want, and be happy. The possibilities are endless!