Google "disco dust" without "+'cake decorating'" and you'll probably get some really odd results. I know. I've done it. But it's the sparkling edible glitter used on confections that I want to talk about today.
|Disco dust (aka pixie dust)--edible glitter for cake decorating.|
I have a slight addiction, as you can see. The full line of my colors didn't even fit in this shot, and I always end up buying one or two more when I go to the cake decorating store. I put it on everything.
On berries to add a little bit of magic to the the Cornish fairy party:
|Disco dust adds fairy magic to raspberries.|
|Pixie dust instantly makes toadstools magical.|
|Disco dust sparkling up a Rainbow Unicorn cake|
The secret to easy, even application is the little shaker posted in the first picture. Scroll back up and check it out. I'll wait.
I've tried every other technique I've read about, but so far, nothing has come close to the easy and fabulous look of that little shaker that costs just a few cents. I buy mine at ABC Cake Decorating in Phoenix, and as far as I know, they're the only ones who have figured this trick out. See the two shakers in the background with pink and blue lids? That's because these little shakers started their lives as cupcake toppers for baby showers (I presume as faux baby powder containers). When ABC started carrying disco dust a few years ago, one of the employees had the brilliant notion that these little cupcake toys would make the perfect disco dust applicator. And she was right. So very, very right.
I'm a firm believer in having the right tool for the job. I've tried baking in friends' kitchens without all my supplies and it made me realize why some people hate baking. I would, too, if I didn't have the right tools for the job!
These disco dust shakers are the right tool. Sure, I occasionally dip the occasional item directly in the vat of sparkle for really thick coverage. But nearly all the time, this little piece of plastic is exactly what I need. It's the best $.39 I ever spent.