The well-loved Rice Krispy treat - a melted mess of puffed rice cereal, marshmallows and butter - commonly poured into a baking dish and cut into bars, also works as a dynamic and edible modelling clay. Particularly useful for decorating cakes when the treats are covered in fondant, they can form lifelike sculptures.
Make a baby out of Rice Krispy treats to use as a decoration for a cake intended for a baby shower or a toddler's first birthday.
Melt 3 tbsp of butter in a large pot over medium heat.
Add 284gr. or 40 large marshmallows in the pot. Stir until the marshmallows have melted.
Add 6 cups of Rice Krispy cereal. Mix thoroughly to combine. Pour the mixture into a large, greased bowl and allow to cool until touchable.
Cut off a piece of florist's wire several inches long with a pair of wire cutters. For a small baby, make the wire about 2 inches, and for a larger baby, make the wire 6 inches long or more.
Bend one end of the wire into a loop with a pair of pliers.
Take a small portion of the cooled treat and shape it into a ball around the bent wire. Use your fingers to push the rice treats around, making an indent area for the eyes, round shapes for pudgy cheeks and a pointed shape for a chin at the bottom part of the ball. Leave 1/4 to 1/2 inch of wire uncovered to insert it into the body shape.
Use the tip of a metal skewer to make definable shapes such as the eye sockets, ears and nose. Allow the head shape to cool on a sheet of waxed paper.
Remove a large portion of rice treats from your batch and begin moulding it into an oval shape.
Flatten two opposite sides on the top and bottom of the oval shape to form a rounded diamond-shape.
Cut 4 pieces of florist wire each 2 to 3 inches long, or longer depending on the size of your baby. Make a tight loop around one end of each piece of wire.
Form the arms and legs.
Remove small portions of rice treats from your batch and shape arms and legs around each piece of wire. Bend the wire in the position you want each arm and leg and sculpt the treats around that shape. Make the arms and legs rounded to create the illusion of plump skin. Leave a small amount of wire uncovered on each appendage to insert it into the body shape. Allow the shapes to cool completely.
Put your baby together.
Insert the head at the top point of the rounded diamond-shaped body. Poke the exposed wires from the appendages into the flat portions of the body. Adjust according to preference. Let the shape sit uncovered overnight, before covering in fondant or other decorations.
Coat your hands with vegetable oil before working with the rice treats to make modelling easier. Use toothpicks, spoons and cake decorating tools to manipulate your rice treats into the correct shape.
Tips and warnings
- Coat your hands with vegetable oil before working with the rice treats to make modelling easier.
- Use toothpicks, spoons and cake decorating tools to manipulate your rice treats into the correct shape.