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Sugared Flower Cake Decorations for Valentines Day

Updated on February 8, 2015
Sugared flowers with cherry clafoutis
Sugared flowers with cherry clafoutis | Source

How to Make Sugared Flower Cake Decorations for Valentines Day

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Sugared flowers, sweet and pretty, make perfect decorations for your Valentine desserts and cakes. Sugar frosting flowers seems to have fallen from fashion but now there is a new thirst for the old fashioned crafts and natural foods. What could be more charming than Valentine's Day flowers that you can eat?

There are so many edible flowers that you can pick yourself, (yes, even in February), and if you don't have a garden, then buy a bunch of winter pansies or a gorgeous bouquet of roses and steal a petal or two to sugar for your sweet Valentine.

How to make your sugared flowers? Easy, but you need a bit of time. Take an evening or an afternoon off and settle down to make these delicious Valentine Day treats. Sugared flowers are also called candied flowers, crystallized flowers or frosted flowers.

Image: Traditional French Clafoutis with sugared flowers. See recipe here.

A Plate of Sugared Flowers for Valentines Day

A Plate of Sugared Flowers for Valentines Day
A Plate of Sugared Flowers for Valentines Day | Source
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Crystallized Flowers

Which flowers work best?

Can you sugar all edible flower petals? Well, yes and no.

This is a little bunch of edible flowers but not all work equally well when you try to crystallize them. Rose and paeony petals work very well, or you can use a single rose and leave the petals on. Violets and pansies are excellent too and you should be able to find these in February.

Complicated flowers like cornflowers and carnations would probably work but it just took too much time and the dipping method left them in a sort of sugary glob. This happened with the clovers as well.

Two Ways to Sugar Flowers - Which one is for you?

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There are at least two ways to make sugared flowers. In one the flowers are painted with egg white then frosted with sugar, and in the other they are dipped into a sugar solution. I found that the first worked well for me and the flowers last well for several weeks.

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What You'll Need to Crystallize Your Flowers

Some very simple tools and ingredients

  • A paint brush or two, depending on the size of your flowers
  • A paint brush
  • A sieve
  • The white from an egg
  • Fine sugar to dust

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How To Sugar Your Flowers

It's easy but will take a bit of time

Beat your egg white lightly. Then, using the paint brush, carefully paint the petals with the egg white on both sides. Make sure that you don't put too much on or else you'll saturate the petals. Getting the right amount might take a bit of trial and error but you'll soon see what works. Then, dust with the sugar and gently lay on a plate to dry.

Put them somewhere nice and warm, near the stove or in an airing cupboard and leave them until they are stiff and crisp. Small flowers will dry overnight, but larger ones will take longer.

I turned my over every now and then using a pair of tweezers.

Once thoroughly dried, place them into a box on a bed of dry tissues and store them somewhere cool and dry. If they are properly stored, they should keep for a few weeks.

Crystallizing Flowers - See How It's Done - Making sugar flowers from real flowers can be fun

How to crystallize flowers. See just how easy crystalizing flowers can be. It's always easier to watch someone doing a task than reading instructions.

Rose Petals Are Good To Crystallize

Rose Petals Are Good To Crystallize
Rose Petals Are Good To Crystallize | Source

How to Make Candied Flowers for Cakes - The quick and easy method!

Buy Candied Rose Petals for Cake Decorations - Tasty little flower treats on-line

Not everyone has the time to candy their own flowers, so you can always cheat a little and just buy your sugared flower cake decorations on line.

Buy Candied Violets for Cake Decorating - Sweets for you sweet

Don't be a shrinking violet on Valentines Day!

Violets are lovely sugared flowers for cakes and naturally come in a range of colours for dark purple to white. If you can't gather your own flowers and sugar them, you can buy them on-line. Just a little sweet cheat!

If You Don't Have Time To Make Fresh Flower Cake Decorations - Buy sugar flower cake decorations on Amazon

You Might Like a Pretty Cake Stand to Show Off Your Cake and Sugar Frosted Flowers - This is beautiful

This beautiful vintage glass cake stand and dome is perfect for display, for keeping your cake safe and for presentation at the table.

Home Essentials 01947 Optic Domed Cake Stand - vintage Optic Cake Stand with Dome,, Glass
Home Essentials 01947 Optic Domed Cake Stand - vintage Optic Cake Stand with Dome,, Glass

This beautiful vintage glass cake stand and dome is perfect for display, for keeping your cake safe and for presentation at the table.

 
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Why Eat Flowers?

Flowers look good, but flowers are vegetables too. Calorie-free, they're nutritious and may also have health benefits, after all, herbs and flowers have been used as medicines for centuries.

Use in salads as well as decorations for desserts. Nasturtiums and their leaves are lovely in a salad and stuffed courgette flowers are an Italian favourite.

Remember as well that we regularly eat flowers - broccoli and cauliflower. Flowers are vegetables too.

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Are You Sweet on Sugared Flowers? - I'd love to hear from you

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      AlleyCatLane 4 years ago

      I have never tried sugared flowers, or eating flowers period, except for the broccoli or cauliflower you mentioned. I'm a little leery.

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      TransplantedSoul 5 years ago

      I'll keep this mind for next year!

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      Cynthia Sylvestermouse 5 years ago from United States

      Awesome! What beautiful additions or finishing touches to make a lovely presentation for desserts!

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      Jules Corriere 5 years ago from Jonesborough TN

      Congratulations for making it on the DELICIOUS Valentines Recipe board! Well deserved!

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      julieannbrady 5 years ago

      Ah, sugared flowers are incredible! I suspect Julia Child would be envious of them.