I needed some way to glam-up a cake…long story, but I figured out this insanely easy way to make Vegan Edible Glitter without sugar.
Perfect for anyone who’s a super glitter-snob and wants REAL edible glitter and not that colored-sugar faux “edible glitter” that is so much easier to make…
Insanely Easy Way to Make Vegan Edible Glitter without Sugar
So, I tried to make non-vegan edible glitter with gelatin instead of the vegan alternative, agar.
Because, I really did want to stay “true” to the whole edible glitter thing.
How could I not? I mean, there are people out there that say that sugar and metallic food coloring is NOT edible glitter and I really thought that I needed the real deal.
So, I tried the gelatin–and it did NOT work.
I freaking broke my mom’s coffee grinder trying to get it broken down into pieces…
So, I figured out How to Vegan Make Edible Glitter without Sugar.
Still works for the glitter snobs, but actually easy and not gonna break anything.
And, made with 3 ingredients, agar (which is the vegan equivalent of gelatin, but it’s way less stick-together-ey and works better for making edible glitter, trust me), metallic food coloring (make sure you’re getting metallic) and water.
Insanely easy, right?!
And it only takes about 2 teaspoons agar, so you can still make vegan panna cotta or anything else with it…or just a hella lot of edible glitter, whatever.
I added about a tablespoon of water, but after thinking about it more, I think a half of a tablespoon would have been plenty.
Honestly, this is a really forgiving recipe and I don’t feel like you should stress about measuring things exactly…just sayin’.
Now, I did use about a tablespoon of the metallic food coloring.
Mostly because I really wanted this edible glitter to be intense.
I mean, it’s insanely easy edible glitter. So I could make more, but I wanted it to be bright, so I didn’t have to use as much when I applied it to the cake.
Does that make sense?
Once I got everything stirred together, I just spread it out on a sheet of wax paper and let it sit overnight.
I did ALSO try putting it in the oven for about 30 minutes on the lowest temperature, but it didn’t seem to do anything, so just letting it sit overnight on the counter seems more productive. LOL!
I also made some in silver, and here I used less water.
You can see how it’s thicker than the blue–and it dried out faster on the counter.
So, I think you can do with a little less water…
Once the mixture had dried overnight, I just put each color in their own zipper bag and went to town beating it with a rolling pin.
This didn’t take long, and if I had NOT broken mom’s coffee grinder with the gelatin batch of edible glitter the day before, I would have tried it in that.
But the rolling pin works, so whatever.
Then the vegan edible glitter was ready to use!
I mean, seriously, this is an insanely easy way to make Vegan Edible Glitter without sugar.
And the colors are super intense.
Even the metallic white (pearl, whatever) turned out really intense and pretty!
So, are you ready to make your own insanely easy vegan edible glitter?
Oh, but you still need to order your metallic food coloring and agar?
No sweat! Just pin this to your favorite decorating basics board on Pinterest, that way you can find it when Amazon delivers your goodies!
Oh, and if you do end up making this amazingly easy vegan edible glitter and you love it as much as I do, be sure to drop a 5-star rating on the recipe so we know you want more awesomeness like this!
Vegan Edible Glitter
- 2 tspn agar
- 1 tablespoon water
- 1 tablespoon metallic food coloring (your color of choice)
- Mix agar and water.
- Add metallic food coloring and stir until mixture is a consistent throughout.
- Spread mixture in a thin layer on a sheet of wax paper.
- Allow mixture to sit on counter overnight.
- Place dried mixture into a zipper baggie and crush with a rolling pin or grind in a coffee grinder.