Gelatin Lace For Cakes- Easy But Disgusting

I hate gelatin. I hate it with a passion and I try to avoid any kind of cake anything that's wiggly and gross like that. So until now I didn't want to deal with any of the cake lace/sugar veil kind of stuff that looked like it would be gelatin-y when it was ready to use. Gag me.

Then someone posted a recipe for a homemade version of an edible lace that the Edible Artist Network had posted, but which had left out the amount of gelatin to use, and I decided to try it to see what it would do. Here's the video, and the recipe is below:

Here's the recipe I used:

Gelatin Lace for Cake Decorating.

3 Tbsp cold water
1 tsp glycerine
a few drops of food coloring (gel or liquid)
1 Tbsp gelatin (I Tbsp is more than 1 package, use a spoon to measure it)

Mix the water, glycerine and food color, then stir the gelatin into it to mix well. It will set up like a pretty solid hunk of yuck. Let it sit for 5 minutes then heat it in the microwave for 15 seconds and stir it to combine. Spread it onto a lace mat or silicone molds and let it set up. It took mine 45 minutes at a cool room temperature, but the original recipe said to leave it for 3 hours or overnight. I assume that it just gets stiffer and less sticky as it dries out.

This set up really fast and I was able to take some of the items out in ten minutes (the little snowflakes.) After 45 minutes I was able to remove the lace strips and they held together fine in a disgusting, rubbery strip.

So give it a try if you need a quick lace and don't have any pre-made mix on hand. I'll skip it unless I have to use it, ugh.

Kara Buntin owns A Cake To Remember LLC,  online cake supplies at and