How to Melt & Mold Sugar

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How to Melt & Mold Sugar
Brown or white sugar are both suitable for making moulds. (brown sugar image by Bube from

Moulded sugar figures are attractive for adorning cakes and cookies and as table decorations for parties. Once you've made the moulds you can add bows, glitter, sweets and chocolate chips to create patterns. You don't need any actual moulds. Melting and moulding sugar is easy; the main difficulty is handling the hot mixture. Sugar moulds are also a popular decoration for Easter celebrations.

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Things you need

  • 8 tablespoons of sugar
  • 4 tablespoons of water
  • Juice of ¼ of a lemon
  • Wooden spoon
  • Saucepan
  • Plastic gloves
  • Silicone sheet

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  1. 1

    Put sugar in a saucepan and place over medium heat on a stove.

  2. 2

    Keep stirring the sugar until it starts to melt.

  3. 3

    Add the lemon juice and water and keep stirring until the mixture has the consistency of honey. Remove from the heat.

  1. 1

    Pour the sugar mixture onto the silicone sheet while it's still hot. If you allow it to cool down it will no longer be malleable.

  2. 2

    Put the gloves on to avoid burning your fingers and start peeling the mixture off the sheet, starting at the edges. Roll it into a ball so that you can shape it.

  3. 3

    Shape the mixture into petals, leaves, animals or other forms.

Tips and warnings

  • You can use food colouring by stirring a teaspoon of it into the saucepan after adding the water. Add a little less water in this case. Alternately, you can try using food colouring spray once the mould has set; however, don't use liquid colour on the moulded sugar as this will cause it to dissolve.
  • It is important to add the lemon juice to prevent crystals from forming while the sugar heats up.
  • Melted sugar can reach higher temperatures than boiling water, so it's very important to wear gloves to prevent burnt fingers.

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