Tis the season for Pinterest fails. Epic ones. I was fully prepared for this to be one of them, and my first attempt was. But, practice and persistence (read: stubbornness) prevailed and I somehow managed to get out a batch of snow globe cupcakes for Christmas dinner!
After reading the instructions, it actually seemed pretty straight forward…
• Soak the gelatin sheets in cold water.
• Melt the gelatin sheets in a small saucepan.
• Blow up water balloons and affix to skewers with tape.
• Rub a little cooking spray oil over the balloons.
• Transfer melted gelatin to small cup.
• Dip balloons in and poke skewers into styrofoam and leave to dry for 10 minutes.
• Re-dip balloons and leave to dry overnight.
• Slowly let the air out of the balloons and you’re left with a lovely little transparent bubble that you just need to trim the bottom of and plonk gloriously atop your cupcakes.
Not that hard once you’ve made the mistakes the first and second time. When you give it a go, here were my main mistakes that led to my fails:
• 12 sheets of gelatin will just make 12 balloons. There is no room for error if you want a full dozen cupcakes. I’d suggest buying more to be safe.
• Don’t use too much oil to rub over the balloons or the gelatin won’t stick at all.
• Really secure those balloons tightly to the skewers or they’ll fall right off with the weight of the gelatin.
• If you don’t have a styrofoam block to stick the skewers in, grab a few tall vases or glasses and fan them out – if they bump and stick to each other, you’re screwed.
Ready to give them a go?! I found my inspiration and the accompanying instructions here – if you’re brave enough to give them a try, let me know how you go!