1. Isomalt also can be used to create multi-colored decorations. For a two-toned flower, pour red isomalt around the petal portion of a silicone mould.
2. Then add yellow-colored isomalt to the center of the mould.
3. Allow the isomalt to set and then pop it out of the mould.
While heating isomalt, use a nylon brush to wash the edges of the pot.
1. To create a decoration that looks like crushed ice when clear or coral when colored, fill a metal bowl with real ice. The shape of the ice will affect the final shape of the isomalt decorations. Pour hot isomalt in random patterns over the ice and allow to set for a few minutes
3. Place to the side and allow to dry before using. Although it dries in one large piece, you can easily break it up into smaller pieces.
When coloring isomalt, add color to a small portion and mix thoroughly to evenly spread the color. Or, mix lightly to create a marbled effect.
1. Portion tempered isomalt from the pot into a measuring glass for easier handling, and pour into cube-shaped silicone moulds. Allow to set at room temperature or place in cooler to speed the process. Pop the cubes out of the moulds.
2. The silicone mould causes the sides of the ice cube to have a matte finish. You can create a glossy finish on the sides by quickly passing over each side using a handheld torch.
3. To create decorative tiles, use the same mould and techniques as the ice cube method. Fill cavities only 1/4 full to create beautiful tiles.
1. For a pressed flower, pour isomalt into the bottom of a two-piece silicone mould. Press the two mould pieces together firmly to evenly distribute the isomalt and obtain the flower’s vein details.
2. While the isomalt is still warm, use a pair of scissors to trim off any excess from around the edge of the petals.
Ashley Vicos Like many girls of her generation, Ashley Vicos’ love of baking began at age 5 with an Easy-Bake Oven. That love has become her career as she now owns Atlanta-based Sweet Ashley’s, a commercially licensed cake studio, where she creates custom cakes and teaches cake decorating classes. Vicos stars in her own show–Have Cake, Will Travel–airing on the Food Network, and has competed in several televised decorating challenges.