I ewed and awed when I first saw Julia M Usher’s youtube video on sugar cast containers. She makes really amazing cast sugar pieces and transform them into gorgeous containers with fondant and royal icing. I couldn’t wait to make some, but was waiting for right occasion.
Well, we have a similar traditional food art in Southern India- Panchadara Chilakalu aka Sugar parrots.
They are sugar candy molded into different shapes like parrots, peacocks, swans and gopuram. A thick sugar syrup is poured into wooden molds to form these shapes. These sugar parrots are usually made during weddings and festivals like Diwali and Sankranthi.
So, this year for my doll display during Sankranthi I made sugar conch shells as goodies for friends.
Aren’t they beautiful!! And the best part is you don’t have to make sugar syrup or need heavy wood molds.
I followed Julia’s video and with few supplies I was able to make them in less than 10 minutes. And the drying time varies from 2-3 hours depending on the weather conditions.
I picked the shells soap making mold @ HobbyLobby and the other supplies are:
1 cup Sugar – makes 5
Food color of your choice
Water in a small cup
Step 1 : Cut the edges of the paper plate and make sure it is flat
Step 2: Add a drop or two of food color in a small cup of water
Step 3: For 1 cup of sugar you need 3 tsp of coloring water( do not add 3 tsp at once)
Step 4: Mix it well and stuff in the mold making sure you don’t leave any gaps. Since these molds are see through you can make out if they are not stuffed well.
Step 5: Take the paper plate and turn the mold upside down. Leave it to dry(aprox 3 hours)
Hope you enjoyed the tutorial.
Brown sugar with a little yellow food coloring gives a natural shell look.
To use as decorative pieces make it couple of days ahead.
A tiny bit of color is sufficient.