You can make the wings for edible rice paper butterflies using Martha Stewart’s rice paper butterfly template. If you want your butterflies to be wholly edible, use only edible ingredients. If you want them to be decorations -- which are usually not edible -- don’t use any edible components as you might confuse people and cause swallowing accidents.
- Skill level:
- Moderately Easy
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Things you need
- Transparent rice paper
- Edible markers
- Icing sugar
- Flour sifter
- Sweets of your choice
Print the template. Place a sheet of transparent rice paper over it. Trace the designs using different coloured edible markers. Do this for as many butterflies as you want to make. Alternatively, just draw your own designs onto the rice paper. Cut out the butterfly wings.
Make sugar glue. Crack an egg and pour the white into a cup. Add sifted icing sugar, a little at a time, and beat the mixture until it is firm and glossy and forms peaks.
Stick the wings to a sweet that bears a resemblance to a butterfly’s body. Fizzy cola bottles, fizzy cherry cola bottles and pieces of liquorice wands are three ideas but you may have others. Martha Stewart suggests marzipan. Apply a little sugar glue to the side of the sweet and place the edges of the butterfly wings on it. Allow to set.
Tips and warnings
- It’s risky to mix edible and non-edible items in the same object.
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