Edible Glitter Eye Tutorial Made From Isomalt and Edible Glitter
These edible glitter eyes are perfect for using in your whimsical sculpted cakes. I first made these eyes for a gravity defying sea turtle cake for my friends daughter's birthday which HAPPENED to be filmed for an upcoming episode of Ridiculous Cakes on Food Network. Tune in on June 9th 10:30pm | 9:30c to see how the cake came together.
Beanie Boo Eyes
I was originally inspired to make these eyes from looking at my daughter's toys. She LOVES the pretty glitter eyes and has about a billion different versions. Seriously, she needs a beanie boo intervention. When my friends daughter asked for a beanie boo turtle cake for her 3rd birthday, I was stoked to finally figure out how to make these babies out of sugar!
I went through a LOT of trial and error. Cracked isomalt, bubbles, imperfections but finally, I figured out a process that was repeatable and pretty goof-up proof.
How To Make Edible Glitter Eyes
- 2" silicone sphere mold (large eyes) or 1 ½" silicone sphere mold for smaller eyes
- silicone cabochon mold
- simi cakes clear isomalt
- black food coloring
- silicone cups for melting isomalt
- edible glitter (or non-toxic is fine)
- creme brulee torch
- cake gloss
- nitrile gloves for hand protection
- silmat for protecting your work surface
- microwave for melting isomalt
Start by melting your clear isomalt. I melt mine for 30 seconds at first and then in 10 second increments until liquid. Make sure you wear hand protection because that isomalt gets HOT. Let the bubbles settle down. Color a small amount with a drop of black food coloring. Pour the black isomalt into the second from largest sphere from the cabochon mold. Let it cool then torch the surface so it's free of bubbles.
**tip** when re-melting isomalt, go in 10 second increments to prevent over-heating or burning. Never fill your cup more than half way to prevent getting burns.
Fill your silicone sphere mold halfway with clear isomalt and rotate the mold so the liquid coats the sides of the mold. This way you don't get a seam in the side of your eye. Let it cool.
Pour more clear isomalt into the remaining space of the mold half way. Place the black isomalt sphere in the center. Use the tip of a knife to position it so you don't burn your finger.
Sprinkle some edible glitter onto the surface. Let cool a couple of minutes then cover the surface with some more black isomalt. Let cool.
Remove the eye from the mold and torch the surface to remove the bubbles. Place eye in a spare container and spray with cake gloss to keep it shiny.
You can now use your awesome glitter eyes for your next cake project!
Let me know if you liked this tutorial in the comments or if you have any questions and don't forget to tune into Food Network and watch us create these awesome eyes for our giant gravity defying turtle cake!
Watch this video tutorial on how to make your own edible glitter eyes