Homemade Marshmallow Shapes

Your family will love these homemade marshmallow shapes! Follow this easy recipe for molded marshmallows and skip the store-bought Easter candy this year. Supplies: 1/2 cup water, divided 2 tbsp. plain gelatin 1 1/4 cup granulated sugar 3/4 cup invert … Continue reading

How-To Make Marshmallow Shapes

Your family will love these homemade marshmallow shapes! Follow this easy recipe for molded marshmallows and skip the store-bought Easter candy this year.

Supplies:

Step 1: Prepare molds. If using 2-D molds, spray cavities with cooking spray. For 3-D molds, cut each side out and cut a small opening at the bottom. Spray both sides and clip together.

opening cut in bottom of 3-D mold

hold both halves together using clips

Step 2: In a mixing bowl, soak gelatin in 1/4 cup water. Combine remaining water, invert sugar, and granulated sugar in saucepan. Heat, but not to a boil. Pour hot sugar mixture into gelatin, beating slowly. Gradually add corn syrup and vanilla, beating on medium-high until fluffy, white and doubled in size.

marshmallow mixture- white, fluffy, and doubled in size

* You can make flavored marshmallows by substituting any concentrated flavoring oil for the vanilla. Try grape, lemon, peach, or key lime! If you wish to color the marshmallow, add food coloring with corn syrup, before the mixture is whipped.

Step 3: Quickly spoon marshmallow into pastry bag and squeeze into candy molds. Work quickly to avoid marshmallow from setting up before all the molds are filled. Let set for about an hour until the marshmallow is completely set.

filled 3-D mold

filled 2-D mold

Step 4: Remove marshmallow pieces from molds (you may have to use your fingers to gently loosen the marshmallow from the mold) and coat in colored sanding sugar. Let set another couple of hours then seal in an airtight container.

coating marshmallow pieces in colored sanding sugar

set pieces out to dry

Marshmallow Squares

Follow the above recipe for molded marshmallow shapes. Butter or spray with cooking spray a 9″ x 13″ jelly roll pan. Pour marshmallow mixture into pan and allow to set at least an hour until marshmallow is set up. Spray a bench scraper with cooking spray and cut marshmallow into squares. Coat in colored sugar.

cut squares using a bench scraper

Use different colors of pastel sanding sugars.

coat marshmallow squares in an assortment of pastel sugars.

Display marshmallow pieces in a ceramic or glass dish for a pretty focal point on your table.

Colorful marshmallow pieces

Colorful marshmallow eggs

Bunny and Carrot Cake

Bunny and Carrot Cake

What you will need to make the cake:

Instructions:

Bake and cool cakes. Lightly ice the cakes with buttercream icing. Knead and soften baby blue fondant and roll out to desired thickness. Using your prefered stacking method, secure the 7″ cake on top of the 12″ cake. For instructions on how to cover a cake in rolled fondant, visit our previous blog How-To Cover A Cake In Rolled Fondant. For instructions in how to stack a cake, visit our previous blog How-To Stack A Cake.

Use food color to make electric green buttercream icing and fill a bag fitted with a grass tip. Pipe grass around the bases of both cakes and allow icing to crust. Melt orange and green candy coating and use to fill carrot mold. Carefully brush piping gel onto the cake board and the top of the 12″ cake. Sprinkle with cookie crumbs and gently press down using your finger. Cut the bottoms off the carrots and place them randomly around in the dirt using a dot of melted candy coating to secure them. Roll out the purple fondant very thin and use the funky letter cutter to cut out ‘Happy Easter’. Attach the letters to the front of the cakes with piping gel.

What you will need to make the bunny:

Instructions:

Mold ears out of white gum paste and let them dry 24 hours before making the body. Make the body by shaping a large ball of gum paste into the shape of a chocolate kiss, then flatten the top. Insert the wooden candy apple stick into the top cake; leave about 2″ out of the top. Place the bunny body onto the stick, allowing the bunny to rest on the top of the cake.

Color a small amount of orange and green gum paste. Mold the carrot and carrot top and attach together with tylose glue. Place the carrot in bunny’s hands and attach with tylose glue.

Roll ropes of white gum paste and form them into the bunny’s arms and legs. Attach the limbs to the body using piping gel or tylose glue. Form a ball shape out of gum paste for the head and attach the ears while the gum paste is still soft. Color a small amount of gum paste pink and black. Roll tiny balls for eyes and a small triangle shape for the nose. Attach to the bunny face and make indentations for mouth. Once the bunny’s body is dry, attach the head.

How-To make Peanut Butter Filled Eggs

Supplies:

Step 1: Melt candy coating using the microwave or a double boiler. Once coating is melted, fill squeeze bottle.

Step 1

Step 2: Line candy molds with chocolate and drain the excess. If you are unfamiliar with lining candy molds, read our post on How-To Line a Candy Mold.

Step 2

Step 3: Immediately scrape over the top of the candy mold with a spatula. This will give the eggs nice, clean edges. Let the chocolate set up at room temperature. Putting the mold in the freezer at this stage may cause the chocolate not to stick together when you are ready to fill in the molds.

Step 3

Step 4: When the chocolate has completely set up, fill the cavities with peanut butter filling. Fill to just below the top edge. Too much filling, and your eggs won’t seal nicely. When you have filled all the cavities, take your squeeze bottle of melted chocolate and completely cover the peanut butter. Make sure that the edges are all sealed and that no filling is showing. Place the candy tray in the freezer.

Step 4

Step 5: Once the eggs have been in the freezer for about 5 min. and the chocolate on the back is completely set up, remove from the freezer. Release the eggs from the mold by turning it over and letting them gently fall from the mold. Let the eggs come back up to room temperature before packaging or storing them. Wrap the egg halves in assorted colors of foil.

Step 5

Package wrapped eggs in a candy box lined with paper shred or set eggs out on a colorful dish.

Peanut Butter Center Recipe (taken from Autumn Carpenter’s All About Candy Making)

  • 1 cup peanut butter
  • 1/2 cup softened butter
  • 2 1/2 cups powdered sugar
  • 1/4 cup corn syrup

Combine all ingredients and mix until blended. Can be rolled into balls and dipped or pushed into lined candy molds.

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How-To Make Marshmallow Shapes

Your family will love these homemade marshmallow shapes! Follow this easy recipe for molded marshmallows and skip the store-bought Easter candy this year.

Supplies:

Step 1: Prepare molds. If using 2-D molds, spray cavities with cooking spray. For 3-D molds, cut each side out and cut a small opening at the bottom. Spray both sides and clip together.

opening cut in bottom of 3-D mold

hold both halves together using clips

Step 2: In a mixing bowl, soak gelatin in 1/4 cup water. Combine remaining water, invert sugar, and granulated sugar in saucepan. Heat, but not to a boil. Pour hot sugar mixture into gelatin, beating slowly. Gradually add corn syrup and vanilla, beating on medium-high until fluffy, white and doubled in size.

marshmallow mixture- white, fluffy, and doubled in size

* You can make flavored marshmallows by substituting any concentrated flavoring oil for the vanilla. Try grape, lemon, peach, or key lime! If you wish to color the marshmallow, add food coloring with corn syrup, before the mixture is whipped.

Step 3: Quickly spoon marshmallow into pastry bag and squeeze into candy molds. Work quickly to avoid marshmallow from setting up before all the molds are filled. Let set for about an hour until the marshmallow is completely set.

filled 3-D mold

filled 2-D mold

Step 4: Remove marshmallow pieces from molds (you may have to use your fingers to gently loosen the marshmallow from the mold) and coat in colored sanding sugar. Let set another couple of hours then seal in an airtight container.

coating marshmallow pieces in colored sanding sugar

set pieces out to dry

Marshmallow Squares

Follow the above recipe for molded marshmallow shapes. Butter or spray with cooking spray a 9″ x 13″ jelly roll pan. Pour marshmallow mixture into pan and allow to set at least an hour until marshmallow is set up. Spray a bench scraper with cooking spray and cut marshmallow into squares. Coat in colored sugar.

cut squares using a bench scraper

Use different colors of pastel sanding sugars.

coat marshmallow squares in an assortment of pastel sugars.

Display marshmallow pieces in a ceramic or glass dish for a pretty focal point on your table.

Colorful marshmallow pieces

Colorful marshmallow eggs

Chick and Lamb Cookie Pops

These adorable chocolate covered sandwich cookies make the prefect Easter treat. Give them as gifts or use them to make a cute centerpiece. Popsicle sticks make them easy treats for children to handle. Use green colored coconut for grass inside display basket.

Items needed:

Instructions:

Melt candy coatings. Mold lamb heads in egg mold with white chocolate. Dip end of several pretzel sticks (4 for every lamb) into dark chocolate and let dry. Dip 1/2″ of one end of popsicle sticks into melted candy coating; yellow for chick and white for lamb. Insert into the middle of sandwich cookie. Allow coating to dry completely. Dip cookies in white or yellow chocolate, covering completely and allow to dry. Remove lamb heads from mold. Break off dipped pretzel end and discard uncovered portion.

For chick: Form beaks and comb out of small amount of orange candy clay. For candy clay recipe, refer to Spring Cake Pops post. Use a pair of scissors to cut opening in beak and to make points on the comb. Attach the pieces to cookie with a tiny dab of melted candy coating. Use orange candy writer to pipe chick’s legs and dark chocolate to give him eyes.

For lamb: Using melted candy coating, attach the white eggs off to the side of each lamb cookie. Roll out black fondant and cut out leaf shapes for ears. Use the candy mold to shape a mouth out of fondant. Roll tiny balls for eyes. Attach pieces to lamb head with melted candy coating. Attach the dipped pretzels to bottom of cookie for legs.

For display: Find a small shallow basket and fill with candy clay. Arrange cookie pops by pushing the sticks down into the clay. Cover with green colored coconut flakes. To learn how to, refer to How-To Color Coconut post.