Blooming Sugar

by Emily Bailey

Florists aren’t the only ones supplying the floral arrangements for the big day. Bakers are taking the cake when it comes to creating flowers. The trend of constructing life-like blooms from sugar is making it hard to tell the difference between what’s nature and what’s confection. They’re made with powdered sugar, egg whites and a product called tylose, which is a hardening agent,” says Bonnie Mann, a local baker who creates sugary flowers. “They look very realistic but they harden like porcelain.”  While they are edible, the flowers aren’t exactly recommended for consumption—most of the time they become a cherished keepsake.

“You can keep them forever. I have some in a vase that I’ve kept for six years,” she says. A benefit to using the method to create flowers is that the cake can feature any bloom, regardless of the time of year. Consider magnolias in November or daffodils in the middle of summer. They are also completely customizable. If a bride wants blue tulips or sparkling gold peonies, the options are infinite.  “I look at sugar flowers as art. I think it makes it so special and beautiful to have a little bit of the bride’s personality show through the flowers,” says Mann.

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