How to Make Sugar Violets, Daisies and Roses

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How to Make Sugar Violets, Daisies and Roses
Daisies are a common wild flower and are simple to coat with sugar. (daisies image by Alison Bowden from Fotolia.com)

Sugaring flowers give edible flowers a little more pizazz when they are used to decorate desserts. Crystallising the flowers preserves their natural beauty with egg whites and sugar, and gives them a dewy look. This can be done with any edible flowers; violets, daisies and roses are some of the most popular. With a little time, effort, and a steady hand, you can make these delightful decorations at home.

Skill level:
Moderate

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Things you need

  • Egg whites
  • Superfine sugar
  • Small plate
  • Small bowl
  • Small paintbrush
  • Violets, daisies and roses
  • Parchment paper

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Instructions

  1. 1

    Wash the flowers in water and lightly pat dry.

  2. 2

    Lightly beat the egg whites until there are few bubbles on top.

  3. 3

    Pour enough superfine sugar to cover the bottom of a plate. Place the rest in a small bowl for sprinkling.

  4. 4

    Dip the small paintbrush into the egg whites, flicking off the excess, and paint them onto the petals of a flower.

  5. 5

    Place the flower, petals down, on the sugar plate. Sprinkle more from the bowl filled with sugar until the flower is coated.

  6. 6

    Lay a sheet of parchment paper out on the counter. Grip the flower at the very bottom of the stem and move it to the paper.

  7. 7

    Repeat the egg white coating and sugaring steps with the rest of the flowers.

Tips and warnings

  • Let the sugared flowers dry completely before using.
  • These techniques can be applied to other edible flowers.
  • Sugared flowers look great on cakes and other centrepieces.
  • Ensure that none of the individuals who will consume these flowers are allergic to eggs.
  • Some asthmatics have reactions to certain edible flowers -- daisies are one of these. Be careful when feeding them to those who have asthma.
  • Make sure that the flowers purchased are pesticide- and dirt free.

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