Sugar Cast Goodies

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.

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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:


Paper Plate 

Measuring spoon

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.

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Step 5: Take the paper plate and turn the mold upside down. Leave it to dry(aprox 3 hours)


Hope you enjoyed the tutorial.

Happy Monday!!


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.

Published by Nima

Hi, I am very delighted that you stopped by! Welcome to Creative ME!!! I 'm a wife to an amazing hubby and recently mother to an adorable little munchkin :-), an Asian(Indian) native, nomad for a while and now currently @Portland, Oregan. Recently relocated from The Grand Canyon State and still adjusting to the gloomy weather here... When we first we moved to US(2012) ,our first 2 months of accommodation was in a hotel and that's when everything started. You must be wondering HOW? I was introduced to HGTV and started reading craft blogs. Ohh yes, PINTERST toooo and that is my fav! Well, inspired from these places, I started to DIY on budget and decorate our home. Whenever I posted pics of my projects on Facebook, everyone loved and gave many positive comments. Some of them also said I should not look for a job, instead start a blog or sell some of my projects ;) They thought I was doing something very cool!! That was a great motivation and I decided to tickle my creative senses to tame the stress monster ;-) And then, one day here is my blog , where I share my ideas and projects with friends, family and all other aspiring DIY-er's :) And if you like my blog, please come back and also don't forget to tell your friends :) Lastly, if you have a fun and functional craft or project or even a simple recipe I want to hear….please let me know and I can feature, down the line we will make Creative ME to WE..;)

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