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These are made from pulled sugarClick thumbnail to view full-size
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
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!
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...Click thumbnail to view full-size
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!