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What is Sugarcraft?

What is Sugarcraft?

Sugarcraft-BallerinaSugarcraft is the art of creating edible decorations and designs using sugar or sugar-based ingredients. It is a specialized skill within the realm of cake decorating and confectionery. Sugarcraft techniques involve shaping, molding, and sculpting sugar-based materials, such as fondant, gum paste, marzipan, and modeling chocolate, to create intricate and realistic decorations for cakes, cupcakes, pastries, and other sweet treats.

What Can You Do With Sugarcraft?

Karen_Davies_Sugarcraft_2018_11_15_watermarked_083-1024x683Sugarcraft allows cake decorators and confectioners to craft a wide variety of designs, including flowers, figurines, bows, ribbons, lace patterns, and ornate details. These edible creations can be used to adorn wedding cakes, birthday cakes, anniversary cakes, and special occasion desserts, adding a touch of artistry and creativity to the presentation.

What Tools Does Sugarcraft Require?

The process of sugarcraft involves kneading, rolling, and shaping the sugar-based mediums into the desired forms. Various tools and techniques are used, such as cutters, molds, impression mats, piping bags, and sculpting tools, to achieve the desired texture, shape, and level of detail. Additionally, the decorations can be further enhanced with food coloring, dusting powders, and edible paints to bring them to life with vibrant colors and realistic finishes.

Is Sugarcraft Popular?

Sugarcraft is popular not only among professional cake decorators but also among hobbyists and enthusiasts who enjoy creating unique and visually appealing designs. It allows for endless possibilities in cake decoration, enabling individuals to showcase their artistic skills and imagination.

Overall, sugarcraft is a creative and intricate art form that adds a touch of beauty and elegance to baked goods, making them visually stunning and captivating for special occasions and celebrations.

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Increasing in popularity all over the world, Sugarcrafting has long been popular in the UK and USA.  A recent upsurge of cooking, baking and cake decorating TV programs such as “Ace of Cakes” have made people more and more interested in creating artistic looking cakes for all occasions. The recent recession has also made it more viable to make your own cakes for special occasions rather than paying out a lot of money to have one made for you. Get inspired with these amazing sugarcraft tutorials.

Sugarcraft Tips


We have complied some sugarcraft tips here to assist you with your sugarcraft journey. We’d welcome any feedback or suggestions that you may have.

Some professionals, although making and decorating cakes for a living, would say that it is still more of a hobby than a business. The amount of time that is invested in making a delicate bouquet of flowers could be as much as 40-50 hours!  However, if you get hooked by the Sugarcrafting bug, the satisfaction that you feel when you have completed a work of art makes it all worthwhile!

So What Is Sugarcraft?


Well, Sugarcraft can be described as three-dimensional cake decorating.  It covers a huge variety of styles, and includes characters and models made from sugarpaste or fondant, to amazingly lifelike and botanically correct sugarcraft flowers.

Fondant is usually used to cover a cake – and can be bought pre-coloured, or can be coloured to exactly the right shade, usually using colour pastes.  You can also use dusts in various colours to “paint” or brush colour onto your finished work.

Some of the most popular companies that manufacture Sugarcraft items are PME, Wiltons, Sugarflair, Orchard Products, FMM, and JEM.  You can buy a huge array of tools, boards, cutters, plungers, colours, pastes, dusts and much much more to make your work easier.  Although the initial investment may seem a lot, most of these tools will be used over and over again for years to come.  A good idea is to begin by taking a workshop or a class in the basics of Sugarcrafting, and a good teacher will teach you how to make the best use of your tools, and to get multiple uses out of your various cutters.

How do you make sugarcraft paste?


  • ¼ cup (60 ml or 4 tbsp) tap water.
  • 14 grams granulated gelatine (1 sachet is 13 grams)
  • 180 grams (1/2 cup) glucose.
  • 15 ml (1 tbsp) edible glycerin.
  • 1 tbsp shortening (plus about 1 tbsp for kneading)
  • 900 grams icing (confectioners’) sugar, sieved.
  • 10 drops of vanilla (or other) essence.
  • Food colouring (optional)

Sugarcraft FAQs

What is sugarcraft?

Sugarcraft is a creative art, where sugar is used as a medium to produce masterpieces mainly for decorating cakes for special occasions like baptisms, birthdays, engagements, weddings, anniversaries and special events.

What is the meaning of sugar craft?

The culinary art of making things from sugar.

What is Sugarcraft Cake Decorating?

Sugarcraft can be described as three-dimensional cake decorating. It covers a huge variety of styles, and includes characters and models made from sugarpaste or fondant, to amazingly lifelike and botanically correct flowers.

How do you make a sugarcraft Rose?

Roll fondant out into a small rectangle shape. Use a special fondant rose cutter to cut out a long petal shape. Then using a smoothing tool, thin the edges and roll to make a rose.

    How many petals does a Sugar Rose have?

    If you want a larger sugar rose, do as follows: Roll out your flower paste/gum paste thinly, this time cut out five rose petals with the next size of cutter. Use your dogbone tool on all five petals.

    What are flowers on cakes made of?

    Delicate life-like sugar flowers are made from gum and confectioners/icing sugar, mixed into a paste and shaped into flowers and leaves that dry to a porcelain-like hardness. However, sugar flowers can also be made from fondant icing or piped with Royal Icing.

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