D.I.Y. Stars and Stripes Cake
These simple glittery gum paste stars are easy to make and a fun way to transform a simple cake into a 4th of July centerpiece. We used a simple white box mix with layers of strawberry jam for the "stripes" and casually iced it in our favorite vanilla buttercream, but feel free to adorn your favorite family recipe.
STEP 1: MAKE THE STARS
(NOTE: YOU CAN MAKE THE STARS WELL IN ADVANCE OR UP TO ONE DAY AHEAD, TO ALLOW FOR DRYING TIME)
Start by placing one egg white in a small dish and set aside. Next, use scissors to cut wire pieces varying lengths, leaving some longer than others. Set these aside.
Next, coat your rolling surface with a very, very thin layer of shortening and roll out a small portion of gum paste. Roll the gumpaste no thicker than 1/8" or the stars will be too heavy to stand up on the wire. Use the star cutter set to cut out several stars of varying sizes.
Next, hold a star firmly between your fingers, dip the end of a wire in egg white and gently insert it into the star, going 3/4 of the way up. (You will be able to faintly see the wire through the gum paste, but should not have any wire poking out of either side).
Continue with the remaining stars and place them on a parchment covered tray to dry. After a few hours, flip the stars over and leave them to dry overnight or longer.
Once dry, brush a star with a light coating of egg white and sprinkle in disco dust. Use a small piece of parchment paper to catch the excess disco dust so that you can reuse it.
Fold the small piece of parchment in half and gently funnel the excess disco dust back into the container.
Coat the stars in various colors of disco dust and leave to dry for an hour. Insert them into your finished cake. (We used a white box mix, sliced and layered with stawberry preserves and iced in a vanilla buttercream).