How To Make Tiny Gelatin Bubbles

How To Make Tiny Gelatin Bubbles

Last Updated on January 3, 2022 by Zara R.

How to make tiny gelatin bubbles? Gelatin balls are just too gorgeous. It is a perfect topper for cakes and even cupcakes. Edible bubbles may seem to be so hard to make but trust me; it is just easy. In addition to that, the process can be time-consuming, but it is worth it. I recommend that you make this ahead of time since this recipe will need a long time to prepare.

How To Make Gelatin Bubbles?

In this recipe, getting the right consistency of the gelatin is essential. For that reason, making a large batch in a bowl. Then, placing it on top of some warm water may help. Moreover, always keep your gelatin mixture warm; popping it in the microwave is also important to achieve an even gelatin bubble.

How To Make Gelatin Bubbles

What You Will Need To Make Gelatin Bubbles


  • 6 tbsp of unflavored gelatin
  • Gel Food Coloring 
  • 12 tablespoons of cold water
  • Luster dust or edible glitter (optional)
  • 3 tbsp clear vegetable shortening


  • Small paintbrush
  • Grid cooling rack
  • Paper towel
  • Mixing bowls
  • Microwave oven-safe bowl 
  • Tiny balloons (smallest size possible)
  • Scissors
  • Skewers or lollipop sticks
  • Spoons
  • Rubber spatula
  • Styrofoam
  • Measuring spoons

mixing bowl Set of 6 – stainless steel mixing bowls

Step by Step Instructions on How To Make Tiny Gelatin Bubbles

Step 1

Inflate or pump the balloons but do not inflate them fully. Then, make tiny balloons. After that, tie a knot at the balloon’s neck, try to form it into a sphere as possible.

Step 2

Afterward, take the shortening and cover the tiny balloons in a thin layer using a brush. Wipe the excess shortening with a paper towel. If too much shortening is applied, the gelatin will not stick on the balloons. Also, this process will help you remove the balloons easier from the gelatin later. After that, set the balloons aside on a surface with no dust, fibers, or particles. 

Step 3

Then, prepare a microwave oven-safe bowl. Pour the cold water into the bowl and add the unflavored gelatin. It is important to note that the ratio should be 1 part gelatin to 2 parts water. Afterward, spread the gelatin in the water evenly; do not stir.

Preparing unflavored gelatin

Step 4

After that, let the gelatin bloom for 5 minutes.

Step 5

When the gelatin mixture is firm, place the bowl inside the microwave. Then, microwave it for approximately twenty seconds till the gelatin is warm and watery, fully dissolved, but not that hot.

Step 6

Afterward, take the bowl with the gelatin mixture. And then, add the gel food coloring of your choice and luster dust to the gelatin mixture.

Step 7

After that, cover each balloon with an even and thin layer of gelatin using a spoon. 

Thin layer of gelatin over baloons

Step 8

With the balloon neck facing down, let the balloon rest in a cooling rack. If the gelatin mixture begins to cool down and becomes thick, heat it again into the microwave for 10 seconds. Make sure to do this to achieve the same consistency.

Step 9

Then, cover each balloon in gelatin twice to make sure that the gelatin bubbles do not break.

Step 10

Wait for the balloons to set and dry up; it may take about 4-5 hours if you used a fan. (Be careful in using a fan, make sure to put it on a low speed. Using a fan can speed up the drying process.) The drying of the gelatin bubbles may take 12-24 hours to dry up without using a fan.

Step 11

If the gelatin bubbles are fully dry, gently pop the balloon. Once it shrinks, ensure to loosen the balloon on the bubble and remove it completely. Do not be alarmed if the gelatin bubbles become distorted or dented. Then, pop it back to shape.

Step 12

Finally, use a scissor, preferably a sharp one, to cut the edges of the base of the gelatin bubble. You can store the gelatin bubbles in an air-tight container until you are ready to use them.

Tips and Tricks on How To Make Tiny Gelatin Bubbles

The gelatin bubbles will contract and shrink, which is completely normal. You may hear a crackling sound but rest easy. It just means that they are drying and becoming firm. This recipe needs to be done in advance as it may take a whole day or more; make them a couple of days ahead of the intended day. The gelatin bubbles are edible, but they might not suit your palette. It is more like edible decorations or garnishes; you can remove it when serving your guests. 

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