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3 Ingredient Edible Glitter! Recipe & Video

Finding edible glitter in the colour that you want can be difficult, and expensive too. In today

's post I share a really easy recipe for homemade edible glitter that only uses 3 ingredients! I am so fascinated by this technique (you can probably see my excitement throughout my YouTube video 😂) and it makes me fall in love with the 'science' of baking and cake decorating even more!

Here are my top tips when making this edible glitter so that you get it right the first time around:

1) Ensure that the cornstarch is thick enough before pouring it onto the acetate sheet. See my YouTube video for a visual on the consistency.

2) Use acetate sheet or OHP sheets when making this edible glitter. I have tried it on both baking paper and a silicon mat but it just doesn't produce the same results. You need the back of the dried cornflour paper to be shiny, and you just don't get that shine with baking paper or silicon mats.

3) Ensure your grinder is completely dry. Any moisture will cause the cornflour paper to clump up and will make it harder to achieve those small glitter particles.

4) Don't grind too many colours one after another as this may cause your grinder to overheat (mine did!). 2 or 3 colours one after another should be fine.

5) If there are some larger bits of the cornflour paper that aren't grinding as well, simply sift out the smaller glitter pieces and then add the larger pieces back to the grinder and re-grind it.

If you'd like to watch how this edible glitter comes together, check out my YouTube video below!

YouTube video on how to make this 3 ingredient edible glitter!


Prep time: 15 minutes │Dry time: 1 to 3 days depending on climate │ Yield: 2 tablespoons of edible glitter (can be divided into two colours)


- 1 cup of water

- 1 tablespoon cornstarch/cornflour

- Gel colour/s of choice


1) Combine the cornflour and water in a large non-stick fry pan and bring to a simmer. Keep stirring with a spatula.

2) Once it reaches a simmer, continue to stir the mixture until it thickens up in consistency. It should be thick enough that when you run the spatula through the mixture it doesn't spread out again too quickly. It shouldn't be too thick that it clumps together and doesn't move. See YouTube video for a visual on this.

3) Pour the thickened cornflour into two bowls (or one bowl if you are only making one colour), and colour them using the gel colours of your choice.

4) Spread out the mixture onto a piece of acetate sheet or OHP sheet and use the back of a spoon to spread out the mixture until it is thin (but make sure there are no gaps).

5) Allow the mixture to air dry in a warm place until the cornflour mixture completely releases itself from the acetate sheet or OHP sheet. This can take anywhere between 1 to 3 days (or even longer) depending on the climate that you stay in. You can place the sheets under a heat pump or use a hairdryer to speed up the process.

6) Once the cornflour is dry, it should be it's own sheet of paper, and the back of the cornflour paper should be shiny.

7) Lastly, place the cornflour sheet in a grinder and grind it until there are fine glitter particles. Store in an airtight container until needed.


If you do try this recipe out or have any questions, then please leave me a comment below! I'd be happy to answer any questions. Also, I'd love to see pictures if you try this recipe out, so don't forget to tag me on Instagram @cakesbymk.nz :)


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