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Guest Recipe: Halal Gelatin Bubbles

May 07, 2015

How fun do gelatin bubbles sounds? I mean really think about it, the possibilities are endless! Gelatin does not only have to be used in jelly desserts, you can also use it to make some really neat cake decorations. 

I have to admit the idea of making bubbles out of gelatin seemed a bit intimidating at first, but even in my first attempt it came out way better than I expected.  Next time I’ll know what to do differently to be sure it comes just perfect.

WHAT YOU NEED

6-8 small balloons

2 tablespoons of S’more Treats Halal Gelatin (Buy here!)

1-2 drops liquid food color

4 tablespoons cold water

1/8 teaspoon white or silver pearl luster dust

Clear vegetable shortening

Small artists' brush

Cooling rack

HOW WE DO IT

1) Grab a bunch of small balloons. 

Luckily, I had a few tiny 6” balloons lying around the house from a birthday party for the kids. 

2) Inflate the balloons in different sizes between 2-4 inches in diameter

3) Pinch the balloons at both ends and tie the two ends together to form an even round shape rather than an egg shape.

4) Brush these balloons in vegetable shortening, carefully applying a very thin all around. Then use your fingers to completely coat the balloon.

Too much of the shortening will cause the gelatin to run off the balloons. Use a paper towel to wipe off any excess of shortening.

WORKING ON THE GELATIN MIXTURE

1) Take a microwave-safe bowl and mix together the gelatin, luster dust, food coloring and cold water.

It will get a thick consistency. Let this mixture sit for 5 minutes.

2) Next heat the mixture in the microwave for 10 seconds or until its completely melted. 

Let the mixture stand until it’s lukewarm.

 IT'S DIPPING TIME!

1) Take one of the balloons by the knot and dip it into the gelatin mixture. 

Be sure to rotate you hands so that you are sure to coat the entire balloon as much as you can all the way to the knot.  Hold the balloon upright and allow any excess to drip into the bowl. Transfer the balloon to a cooling rack knot-side down. Make sure to get as much of the balloon covered as possible.  Then allow to rest while you do the rest of the balloons.  

2) Allow 10-15 mins before you re-dip the balloons again, one last time.

If you find the gelatin solution is getting thick again, just reheat in the microwave 3-4 seconds. The balloons will start to harden but you will need to leave them for at least 24 hours to create a hard outer shell.

YOU ARE ALMOST THERE!

1) Allow the mixture to cool and harden for 24 hours. 

2) Once you are sure the solution has hardened, cut the knot at the base of the balloons.

This will allow all the air to escape and cause he balloon to start peeling itself off of the shell. If it starts to stick, give it a small tug and it will start to remove. Get rid of the balloons and now you have a beautiful gelatin bubble!

3) Place the bubbles cut side down when decorating your cake or cupcakes.

You can use these toppers directly on butter-cream, or attach them to fondant with piping gel or corn syrup.

Lots of cool ways to create these fun, jazzy and creative gelatin bubbles! I had to share this cute idea by MyJuiceCup:

Keep in mind that as cool as these cake toppers may look, they are NOT edible and are without flavor.

I would love to see the creations that you come up with .  Be sure to post them and tag us (@smoreTreats) to be featured on The Smore Treats Facebook Page!.

This is a guest post by Farhad Khan of Ottawa-based halal gourmet candy and confectioneries store, Smore Treats. For further inquiries on Smore Treats products, wholesale inquiries, or just to say salam, email us at info@kaamilahonline.com

 





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