Eating my Grandmother’s old Negligee and Jewelry? Vintage Inspired Lace and Pearl Cupcakes

“It is difficult to see why lace should be so expensive; it is mostly holes.” Mary Wilson Little

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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

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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.

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“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

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