Tuesday, May 4, 2010

Molded Sugar Roses and Leaves


Molded sugar makes for a very pretty presentation at tea time and they're very easy and quick to make.

This project took me less than 20 minutes from start to finish.

Things you will need:
  • Superfine or regular Sugar
  • Food Coloring
  • Water
  • Plastic Candy Mold
  • Cardboard
  • Baking Sheet (optional)
Select your candy mold.
I think roses and leaves are nice for spring and Mother's Day. :)


I have used hearts for Valentine's Day and for wedding showers.

Place about 3/4 c. of sugar into a zip lock bag. The amount of sugar depends on how many you wish to make. Add one drop of food coloring. I used a gel color for cake decorating but any liquid-type will work fine. You'll see once you start mixing it if you want more intensity of color but start with a tiny amount. Usually a drop or two is all you'll need.


Add enough water to moisten the sugar. Maybe a little less than a tablespoon. We want the consistency of wet sand that will hold it's shape when you squeeze it.

If your sugar mixture is too wet, add more sugar. Too dry? Add more water. Color too intense? Add more sugar and adjust the water. There is no exact recipe and you cannot do it wrong. Isn't that great?
Smoosh it all together in the baggie. Leave some air in it so you have room to move the sugar around to mix everything.


You might give it one last final smoosh with your fingers in the bag to make sure all the color is mixed.

Here is my pink 'sand' ready for the molds.


Press the loose mixture into the molds.


I usually take a peek on the under side to make sure I have it all in the form.


Level off with a spatula or knife.


Place a piece of cardboard over the back of the mold and flip it over. Before lifting the cardboard, I tap each mold cup with the spatula to make sure it is released. From here, you can air dry or place the sugars on the cardboard on a baking sheet in a warm oven to dry.
This will take about 10 minutes.


Tips:
Do not let the sugar harden in the mold.
It will not come out if the mixture is dry.

I like working with cardboard or poster board sheets because if you do want to speed up the drying process you can add more than one finished set to your baking sheet. Can't do that if your baking sheet is what you flipped your sugars on to to dry.

Ta da!Your sugars are ready for their close up and you have a wonderful gift or presentation with your tea or coffee, for company, or just for you!


Presentation Ideas:
  • Fill a tea cup with the sugars and give for a birthday or hostess gift.
  • Place the sugars in a cello bag and make a cute topper with ribbon.
  • Fill a small bowl with daisy and leaf sugars for summer parties with homemade lemonade.
  • Fill a small bowl with red, white and blue molded stars for July 4th.
Questions? I'll post the answers in the comments section for everyone to read. :)




43 comments:

BLC :o said...

What a divine creation!??? I am sooo impressed. Xoxo-BLC

Heather@PixieDust said...

that is really cute! i love sugar molds - and butter too!

LPC said...

Wow. These would be great presents for teachers and neighbors at Christmas etc.

KatiePerk said...

I am going to try these for tea time at the B&B!! Thanks!
Gorgeous projects as usual lady!

Ronda said...

I just went to post on your wedgie, and came back to find your posting a new post.
Very beautiful sugar, looks easy too!
XOXO

Town and Country Mom said...

What a sweet post! Seriously, it brought back happy memories of helping my mom make her famous cream cheese mints for many bridal showers. I never thought to make sugar leaves, etc. I love the gift-giving and "hostess show-offing" ;) possibilities!

Taylor said...

WOW! This is so smart. It is perfect for springtime, Mother's Day, anything! I am really impressed too. I would love to try this out some time! Tea time is absolutely the best...

Preppy Little Dress said...

I love this idea, thanks for sharing!

Sweet Southern Prep said...

Very very impressive. Sad thing is, I wouldn't just use them at tea time, I'd probably find time to eat them all day. Not good! Haha! Love sugar! You are seriously so talented.

Preppy 101 said...

Absolutely darling!! xoxo

Mona said...

Very sweet. Fabulous gift ideas you posted as well. Thank you for sharing!

Suburban Princess said...

How cute are these?! Thanks for sharing!

Mom on the Run said...

I second the cream cheese mints in those same molds...I remember making a boatload of them for my high school graduation and wedding. They don't do them here in the South (as far as I know anyway) so I haven't had them for years. Never thought about using them for sugar. How cute!

living well said...

These are lovely!! I never would've imagined it would be that simple. I just may have to try this!

Preppy Pink Crocodile said...

You are amazing!! What a fabulous idea!! What a cute little gift in a celo bag with tea maybe? Love it!

Lily Lemontree said...

How adorable are these!?!? Friend, with you and your ideas in my corner, I will be the hostess with the mostess in my neck of the woods! I know I have said it before but you are remarkably talented! Excellent post!

Juleps and Jon Jons said...

Too cute! I can't wait to try that!

The Antiques Diva™ said...

WHAT an excellent tip!!! I'm hosting a tea party for some girlfriends in 2 weeks... which means I have just enough time to perfect your sugar cubes!
Thanks so much for the idea!
Yours,
Toma

Sweet Southern Prep said...

P.S. Actually Chick-Fil-A is pretty healthy of all the other fast food places, so I think you're safe with the sandwich and lemonade. :)

I love their manners there as well. I'm almost certain that if you say, "thank you" they always have to respond with "my pleasure." Love that!

Party Box Design said...

love this!!!

p.s. thank you for your kind words over at PBD! I really appreciate you taking the time to share!

Chris @ Celebrations At Home said...

These are truly adorable!

Thanks for reading & commenting on my blog! ;)

Same Sweet Girl: Memoir of a Southern Belle said...

Wow!!! What a great idea!! Thanks so much! Those are so cute! :)

Genevieve said...

Found you on SITS and so glad I did! AWESOME post! Congrats on being such a Superchick! Hope your Wednesday rocks!

Mela said...

Wow!!Absolutely cute!
xo Mela

the pink prep said...

what work! but oh-so-pretty!!! I have the perfect server, if only i had the time to make these darlings!!

Pink Champagne said...

So pretty! What a special touch for any cup of cappuccino or tea. :)

My 5 Monkeys(Julie) said...

visiting though SITS and great idea and I might have to make that with my monkeys

Emma said...

So pretty!!! What a cute blog you have... I'm your newest follower :)

EntertainingMom said...

Beautiful!!

Teresa @ Red Velvet Confections said...

What a nice idea. So cute!

Visiting from SITS...have a wonderful day!

AndreaLeigh said...

Love your blog! So glad I found you on SITS. I am going to add you to my reader.

What a great idea! This would be absolutely perfect for a luncheon or baby shower.

Sadia said...

Inspired! I'll have to try this once I've recovered from my daughters' upcoming birthday party.

Morgan -Ing said...

Gorgeous! I love these. Visiting from SITS. :)

Morgan @ thedietcokediet.com

Ms. M said...

We have these sugar molds at graduation parties in Minnesota :) Always in school colors, of course!

mub said...

What a cool idea! Thanks =D

MARGARITA BLOOM said...

OMG, I love this idea...you've just given me some great ideas!! :) Your blog is so darling I just had to follow it. :)

Chennifer said...

Wow!!! so simple and yet so pretty!!! Will have to try this!

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Fashion Meets Food said...

Wow! What an awesome idea! I am totally going to have to do something like this for my wedding!

xo

Cheryl D. said...

Hi! Just visiting from SITS! I was drawn in by the name Pink Martini! Your work is beautiful!

Kristin said...

How adorable. I absolutely want to make those for my next tea party!

Adie said...

I love, love, love these! What a simple fun idea to add a little something to a party.

Sarah said...

I can't believe these creations stay stuck together! Brilliant idea and what a coincidence that I had just bought three different candy molds :)

Happy SITS Saturday Sharefest!

Luschka said...

That is a really fantastic and beautiful idea! Wow! thanks for sharing! Stopping by from SITS - happy saturday sharefest!

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