How to Frost Fruit for the Top of a Cake

Updated November 21, 2016

Frosted fruit is sometimes called sugared fruit and you can use it to add both decoration and flavour to a cake. Small pieces of fruit are covered with a layer of extra fine sugar to give them a sparkling appearance. While frosted fruit cake decorations may look impressive, the process is simple enough for a child to complete. You can even use the same technique to frost nuts or edible flowers to use as cake decorations as well.

Wash a small whole fruit gently under cool running water and then dry it with a paper towel. Apples, pears, cherries, plums or any small fruit with an edible skin will work.

Brush pasteurised liquid egg whites onto the entire exterior of the fruit with a pastry brush.

Roll the piece of fruit into superfine sugar immediately.

Place the fruit on a piece of waxed paper and wait for the liquid egg whites to dry. The sugar coating on the fruit will become firm to the touch when this happens.

Arrange the frosted fruit on top of your iced cake.


You can use coloured decorating sugar to add even more colour to your cake decorations.

Things You'll Need

  • Small whole fruits
  • Water
  • Paper towel
  • Pasteurised egg whites
  • Pastry brush
  • Superfine sugar
  • Waxed paper
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Kittie McCoy has been a freelance writer since 2008. She is also a part-time personal trainer and licensed entertainer in Las Vegas. She enjoys sharing her love of physical fitness and experience in the entertainment industry via her writing.