Is that… cookie dough, or homemade ‘play-doh’?

Dear parents,

Looking for a fun activity for a rainy day, or something new for a kids’ party? Look no further: modeling clay made with cake frosting! Yes, really! The texture is perfect, it smells good… and I have to admit, it tastes great, too! Perfect for little ones who put everything in their mouths. Finally, a modeling clay that I can safely let my whole gang play with, without worrying that my youngest will take a bite! Only two basic ingredients and you’re good to go!   

Have fun!


Cookie dough, or homemade ‘play-doh’?


Cake frosting modeling clay

Prep time: 15 to 30 minutes, depending on the number of colours you decide to make.

Activity time: Unlimited!

To make your own cake frosting modeling clay, you will need:

  • ½ cup of cake frosting (per portion)

  • About a cup of cornstarch (per portion)

  • Food colouring paste (regular food colouring works too, but it will take longer to get a vibrant colour) (optional)

  • Decorative candy sprinkles (optional)

1. This is your basic material. Note that the colouring and candy sprinkles are optional, but they’ll make your modeling clay a lot more festive and fun. 


2. For each portion of modeling clay, put ½ cup of cake frosting into a bowl. Add a different colour paste to each portion and mix well. 


3. Next, add ½ cup of cornstarch to each bowl. Once the cornstarch and cake frosting are well combined, add another ½ cup of cornstarch, a little at a time. Depending on the original texture of your frosting, you might need more or less cornstarch.


4. Once your modeling clay has reached the desired texture, add the candy sprinkles and mix until incorporated. 

5. Voilà! Perfect homemade modeling clay!


6. Here, I made 4 portions of modeling clay, each of which I divided into three balls. It was plenty to keep my three kids occupied.


7. Get out all your modeling clay accessories and you’re ready for hours of fun! 


8. Unsurprisingly, the first thing my 16-month-old did was to taste it. No worries! This modeling clay is 100% edible. Obviously, I wouldn’t recommend that you serve it up as dessert, but if your kids end up ingesting a bit, that’s no problem.  


9. We rolled it, shaped it, and made lots of different creations… tons of fun! From flowers to ice cream cones to dwarf food (haha!), my three kids really enjoyed playing with it. 

*Because little kids have a tendency to put everything in their mouths and frosting is perishable, this modeling clay should only be kept for 2 or 3 days at the most to avoid any issues with mold. But you’ll still get plenty of hours of play for very little cost!  


If you’ve been following us for a while, you know that we’ve tried other homemade modeling clay recipes. Here they are:

All these versions are pretty fun! Try them out and let us know what you think!

Article by Véronique Désormeaux

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