I made these playdough icecream sundaes for my daughter’s third birthday party. It started with the thought, “hey, I could make a bit of playdough for the party bags”. Then I found the little icecream cups at the $2 shop, then I remembered seeing a recipe for chocolate playdough… I managed to stop myself before it got completely out of hand, and it’s actually quite easy and fun to put together.
If you just want the Bellini playdough recipe click here, as I’m going to talk about the fake icecream bit first. And you don’t need a Bellini or thermal cooker to make this – you can mix it by hand instead as it’s no-cook.
To make the replica icecream sundaes:
1. Make a large batch of playdough (recipe below) and divide it in half. I think you’d need at least 4 batches of the recipe below.
2. Add pink food colouring to one half (and a few drops of strawberry essence if desired). The other half is plain (‘vanilla’) so no need to colour it.
3. You could try adding vanilla essence to the plain ‘vanilla’ batch. I didn’t bother, so I don’t know if it will discolour it. If you try it, could you let me know?
4. Make a batch of chocolate playdough (click here for the recipe from imagination tree).
5. Add some scrunched up clear cellophane to the bottom of each ice-cream bucket. This stops the balls of playdough disappearing down the bottom. I bought the buckets from a $2 shop (Dianella Plaza just in case you are in Perth and desperately want them).
6. Make balls of playdough. Each ball is about 50g each. To get the icecream texture, roughly roll it in to a ball. Then split the ball in half with your thumbs, and turn it inside out, so the rough texture from the inside of the ball is now outside. For some reason, I’m convinced that no one will understand this so I made a short YouTube clip to demonstrate.
7. Place each ball carefully in the icecream bucket. I sealed each icecream bucket inside a Gladwrap sandwich bag (seal at the bottom of the bucket looks prettier).
- 300g plain flour
- 190g boiling water from kettle
- 60g salt
- 30g vegetable oil
- 30g cream of tartar
- Approx 1/4 tsp food colouring (and essence if desired)
Blade/s: Stirring aka blunt blade
1. Add boiling water, salt, vegetable oil, cream of tartar and food colouring to the jug. Add the flour last (this helps the food colouring disperse the water first, and colour the playdough more evenly).
2. Mix on Sp6 for 15 seconds. Check if colour is strong enough, and add a little more now if needed.
3. Mix on Sp4 for 15 seconds.
If you don’t have a Bellini or thermal cooker, you can make this one by hand, by stirring the ingredients together, then kneading by hand.
If you have a different thermal cooker, click on the name of your machine for general tips on converting this recipe and others: