“It is difficult to see why lace should be so expensive; it is mostly holes.” Mary Wilson Little
By all means, that would not be a good idea…however…sugar lace is a fully edible, flexible, multi-purpose icing with a delicate flavour that has a structure strong enough for creating the most delicate, fine, completely lace-like decorations in sugar. It can also be piped, stenciled, coloured and used to make edible confetti.
“When I don’t know what to wear, I wear black lace.” Carine Roitfeld
For a lace effect, one needs to use a special mat, but the technique simply consist of mixing a powder with cooled boiled water and spreading the paste over the mould with a smoother or large palette knife for a realistic fabric-effect finish. The authentic lace look can be achieved after placed in a cool oven for just 20–30 minutes and the paste should easily peel away from the mat. It can also be dried over a long period of time at room temperature. The paste remains pliable for at least a day and, but if it starts to firm up, just pass it through the steam of a kettle to restore its flexibility.Once made, the unique texture makes it incredibly easy to decorate with, making frills, bows or delicate flowers for celebration cakes, miniature favours, desserts and more.
“I once tried to make lace – which has been a great obsession of women – unsexy. And I achieved it.” Miuccia Prada
Methods as taught by Sarah Thomas