This tutorial by Chef Michelle Curran aka Chef Mitchie of Mitchies Munchies can be adapted to the size of your project.
Our hot dog measured out at approximately 14 inches in length and 6.5 inches wide.
1) Ingredient and Material List
- DECOgel™ – Clear
- Food safe coloring gel – Neon Green
- Green fondant – shaped into small rounded pieces (similar to diced pickles)
- Heat proof container
- Small angled spatula
- Silpat or non-stick work-space
2) Place a small amount of clear DECOgel in a heatproof container and place in microwave. Heat in 10 second intervals until completely melted. If overheated, DECOgel will bubble; wait until bubbles settle before adding a small drop of coloring gel. Once your desired color is achieved pour out a small amount onto your silpat. Note: if your DECOgel begins to set-up in the container after a while, even after coloring, it can still be microwaved until melted again.
3) Sprinkle some of your fondant pieces atop the poured DECOgel. Use your angled spatula to mix the 2 edible mediums together until all of the fondant pieces are covered.
4) Use the angled spatula to shape the “relish”. Try to make the pieces of fondant look non-conformed; imagine how real relish looks when its placed. Note: if you see dry spots, dip the tip of your angled spatula in the DECOgel and allow to drip onto the dry area. You can move the DECOgel around with the angled spatula like a paintbrush.
5) Your relish will take only a few moments to set up, maybe 2-3 minutes (depending on the size and thickness). You’ll know its ready when it’s no longer sticky to the touch and can easily peel away from your silpat.
6) Place your relish anywhere you’d like on your project..use your melted DECOgel as a glue!
What a fun and delicious way to dress up your “food” cakes! Some other ideas to use this method with: lava lamp cupcake toppers, fruit cocktail, chili, melted ice puddles, and for you really daring decorators..fake vomit.