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These are made from pulled sugar

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A rose from pulled sugarA swam made from pulled sugar
A rose from pulled sugar
A rose from pulled sugar
A swam made from pulled sugar
A swam made from pulled sugar

Sugar artistry

A cake is not just a cake anymore. They are the centerpieces of a wedding or birthday. In fact they are Materpieces.  A true art form.  They take artistry in a whole new direction. A sugar artist is one who can sculpt nearly anything out of a mixture of confectionery sugar. Blown sugar resembles glass. I remember there was a May's window display with a sculpture of blown sugar. Pulled sugar is sugar that is pulled in to ribbons then fashioned in to various forms. Often color is used and the sugar artists can form nearly anything. It There are many variation on the theme including pulled sugar and blown sugar..

How to Make Sugar Flowers

Food Network Challenge Princess Cakes

dragonfly cake
dragonfly cake

A quick guide on how to make pulled sugar

  •  Put two pounds of lump sugar in 1/2 pint of water in sauce pan. 
  • Add one tablespoon of glucose and one teaspoon of tartar when the mixture reaches 312 degrees. 
  • Place pan in cool water to stop the boiling. 
  • When cooler place on a a slightly oiled slab and use a knife to bend the edges inward as they cool. 
  • when it is cooler than use your hands and make a ball and pullin form both sides repeating as to make sure all of the sugar is evenly pulled.
  • Shape your sugar into flowers or other forms

I do watch the Food Network Cake challenge shows a lot. It has many fascinating cakes. The premise of the show is that sugar artisans from around the world create a cake masterpiece in front of a studio audience in seven hours. It is hard to believe a studio audience will stick around that long but they do until the climatic end. There is tension in the show as the cake makers have to transfer their creation from on table to another. There Is a very tense few moments as he three foot or taller cake is moved. Sometimes aristons go out on alimb and create tall sinuous structures made of purely sugar. Sugar hardened can break like glass! If you watch the challenge below it shows how the cakes are transferred. It is really a pretty tense moment!

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Sugar flowersMore sugar flowers
Sugar flowers
Sugar flowers
More sugar flowers
More sugar flowers

Sugar Flowers

Sugar flowers are absolutely breathtaking. They could fool any butterfly or bee into thinking it its the real thing. The sugar flower is a craft that has taken off and can make a Wedding Cake cost as much as eight thousand dollars. To make a sugar flower there is a long process. Once the sugar is pulled and pliable it is formed or pressed in mold. The pieces of petals and leaves are put together and let dry. THEN the flower is colored through paint or very fine pigment. It you watch the video above you will be very amazed at what goes into this process and the outcome.

 You may be familiar with Candied Flowered.  This process uses real flowers washed and dipped in egg white.  Then the flower is dipped into sugar and allowed to dry.  This give the edible flower a crystallized look.  After they dry they will keep for weeks in an airtight container.

You can make anything from sugar...

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a Baby made of sugar! How Sweet!Making a mummy from sugar.
a Baby made of sugar! How Sweet!
a Baby made of sugar! How Sweet!
Making a mummy from sugar.
Making a mummy from sugar.

 Sugar pulling is a wonderful medium for the cake industry.  It has recently become a popul;ar art form.  The sky is the limit with a little imagination and time you can create almost anything.  If you don't believe me just review the photos above!

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Donna 5 years ago

Hi, the flowers are beautiful, but my question is about the dragonfly cake pictured below the video. How did you make the wings for the dragonfly, are they pulled sugar as well? Thanks, Donna

cpope929 5 years ago

Love the cakes!! Very curious, what are the dragonfly's wings made from?

Anne 6 years ago

Last week I saw a show with David Tutera where he had 5 brides and their wedding cakes and it was a contest to see which wedding cake was the best. I don't remember the name of the show but the winner was a BLOWN GLASS WEDDING CAKE.

Can anyone tell me how to find pictures of that cake ?



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sagebrush_mama 6 years ago from The Shadow of Death Valley...Snow Covered Mountain Views Abound!

What an intriguing topic...I have an 11 yo daughter who loves cakes, and also loves to make things with clay. Gotta try this!

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Ms Chievous 7 years ago from Wv Author

I used to the Baskin Robbins Cake decorator! I know how to make roses but that is about it! Thank you so much for your comments to my hubs!

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Kebennett1 7 years ago from San Bernardino County, California

I love the baby too!

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Kebennett1 7 years ago from San Bernardino County, California

Cake artistry is one of my favorite things. I love to watch Ace of Cakes. I used to make wedding cakes before I got Arthritis. My hands just hurt too mush anymore! But I used to love to do it. The last one I made was my friends about 10 years ago. Cornelli Lace was one of my favorite things, time consuming, but I always thought it was so beautiful. Roses are such a beautiful addition to any cake. Alas, I buy all my cakes now, but a found a great local place to get them. They not only look great, they taste good too! It is called the Cake Shoppe!

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michelle.dragon99 7 years ago

the cakes looks amazing:)

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AllMomNeeds2know 7 years ago

These cakes are fantastic. It's amazing what people can do with sugar.

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