Yes this is the second Pokemon post on our blog. I wanted to give this a go. I would say the amount of time I spent making this dessert is the same amount of time people spend on Pokemon GO. Yes this post took a lot of my time. I wanted to include the final results of this dessert even though it didn’t turn out to be the way I wanted it to.
This post is a little longer than usual since I was originally planning on making this a 2 part post but things changed.
I will start by making these adorable Pokemon. You can definitely use them to decorate cupcakes or cakes. They are 100% edible. All you need is marshmallow, icing sugar, cornstarch and food coloring. Yes they are made of marshmallow fondant.
This recipe is super easy. Melt some mini marshmallow in the microwave. Add icing sugar and stir. If it is still too soft, add some more sugar. The fondant should be firm and not that sticky. If it is too sticky, you can add some corn starch or put it in the fridge for a few minutes. The fondant can be made ahead and stored for a long time. Wrap the fondant well in plastic wrap and store in the fridge.
Take a small piece of fondant and color it with a small amount of coloring. This is where you have to be creative because you may need to mix different colors to achieve the tone you want. The more color you add, the stickier the fondant becomes. Have a bowl of cornstarch handy. Add cornstarch until the fondant is firm and not sticky.
I tried to take as many pictures as I could for the making of the Pokemon, but it was tricky because there were so many steps and you just need to keep shaping the pieces. I found that it was easier to make each limb separately and connect them together with a little water. Dust your final product with some cornstarch to prevent it from sticking . I used bamboo skewers, toothpicks, cotton swabs, and metal chopsticks to help me shape the figures.
With a pastry brush, remove excess cornstarch and start adding details. Add details by painting on the eyes and cheeks using toothpicks and food coloring. I also used a cotton swab and a little water to make the strips on the back.
Charmander was a little easier to make since I just made it from a single piece. It gave it a smoother finish. I used chopsticks to help shape the legs and head. If the form is too soft, you can pop it into the fridge to harden slightly. If you find that you didn’t add enough fondant, add some extra by inserting it from the bottom. This helps to keep it looking smooth.
For Bulbasaur’s spots I used a toothpick wrapped in paper towel. I dipped this into some blue color mixed with water. Unfortunately I didn’t have white for the eyes but thought it turned out just fine.
I thought Squirtle turned out pretty well. The hardest part was painting the pattern on the back.
The end results I thought were great. They were so adorable and the marshmallow fondant was yummy. To make the fondant last, I decided to dry the fondant a bit using a dehydrator. You can also let the fondant air dry for a couple days. This firms up the fondant slightly. The fondant is still really soft (because it is made of marshmallow) so you can’t make anything that needs to stand up unless you use toothpicks or something for a form.
Part two of this recipe I wanted to put the Pokemon into raindrop cakes. Like they were captured in clear jelly. The idea came up in my head when I was researching on how to make raindrop cakes. Most of those recipes are made with agar so I thought I would try that since I never have used agar before. This was where all the disaster began. I realized that the agar that I had was not clear enough for this recipe and you would never be able to see the Pokemon. So I went down to Fujiya to buy more agar to see if different brands made a difference.
Nope none of them worked. Don’t get me wrong. The agar still works for this type of dessert and would definitely work if you are using fruit inside the raindrop cakes. You just need to add more water. The ratio I used was 2 grams of agar to 2 cups of water. Even though the agar set in a jelly form, it was way too watery for the fondant and completely melted the fondant. Fondant + Water = A Mess. Note that even though agar sets quickly, there is still a lot of water coming out of the jelly. (Imagine a sponge.) If you are working with agar and it sets too quickly (will set in room temperature) then pop it in the microwave to melt. Onto the next attempt. I decided to submerge the fondant in clear corn syrup to get the clear affect. Yes it worked and it looked great but I was still not satisfied because this is not what I wanted. The fondant also floated to the top of the syrup. The syrup fixed the problem of the fondant melting but I wasn’t able to get that sphere shape. I would have to put it in a glass cup and the only ones I had were wine glasses.
My last attempt I used sheet gelatin. This was the best result since it is clear and it didn’t quite melt the fondant as much as the agar. I would definitely use this recipe for a raindrop cake. I might just have to do that in another post. I ended up using a recipe from Ann Reardon because she is amazeballs. For this recipe you need sheet gelatin. Sheet gelatin has little flavor and becomes really clear. However the set time is much longer, but you don’t get the wet sponge affect like with the agar. Begin by soaking the gelatin sheets using cool water.
Meanwhile boil water and sugar and citric acid.
When the water boils the gelatin sheets should be soft enough. Remove the sheets and squeeze out the excess water. Add to the boiling water and stir until the gelatin sheets dissolve.
Allow to cool to room temperature. Pour into molds and put in the fridge to set for about 10-15 minutes. You don’t want to have it completely set.
When the jell is almost set press in the Pokemon and put back into the fridge to set completely for about 15 minutes.
This is when I knew disaster was about to happen, but I continued anyway. The Pokemon didn’t like this much.
I divided the jelly and added black and red color. Don’t add too much color since you want it to be transparent. Use a syringe to put the liquid into the mold. Between each color, allow the jelly to set for about 15 minutes.
After the molds were filled, I let the jelly set for about 1 1/2 hours. Then for the unmolding….. so disappointing. It would have worked out so well.
Moral of the story. “Don’t catch Pokemon kids. They melt.”
- 1 cup mini marshmallow
- 1/2 cup icing sugar
Microwave the marshmallow for about 30 seconds. If it is not soft enough microwave for 10 more seconds. When soft, mix in icing sugar. Remove the fondant from the bowl. It will be really sticky. Have a bowl of cornstarch ready and add enough cornstarch to make the fondant firm and not sticky. Store the fondant in plastic wrap in the fridge until needed. When adding food coloring it is recommended to use gel. Have a bowl of cornstarch at hand since it will be really sticky when you add the color. Add more cornstarch until it is no longer sticky.
- 1 cup water
- 4 sheets of gelatin
- 1/4 cup water
- pinch of citrus acid for flavor (optional)
- food coloring (I used gel)
Allow the gelatin sheets to soften in cool water for about 5 minutes. Meanwhile boil all other ingredients in a saucepan. Remove gelatin sheets from water and squeeze excess water. Place gelatin sheets in the boiling mixture and stir until gelatin dissolves completely. Allow mixture to cool to room temperature before going to the next step. This will take about 20 – 30 minutes. Add fruit or other objects to your mold and pour in the jelly mixture. Carefully place the gelatin in the refrigerator. Let sit for at least 1 hour before unmolding.
Agar Raindrop Cake
- 2 grams agar powder
- 2 cups water
- 1/2 cup sugar
Boil water and add agar powder and sugar. Allow to boil and pour into molds to set in the refrigerator. The agar will set in room temperature.
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