How to Make Candied Flowers

Candied flowers make a great decoration for a wedding cake. image by noii/Flickr.com

Overview

Edible flowers are both beautiful and useful. Often, they are added to salads to add color and flavor. Frozen flowers are often added to lemonade. Candied flowers are perfect for decorating cakes and other desserts. If you have a garden full of edible flowers that you can't eat right away and you're not sure what to do with them, candying them is the perfect solution. Once you candy your flowers, you'll be able to store them away for later. Children love candied flowers, as well.

Step 1

Pick edible flowers such as daisies, nasturtiums, roses, honeysuckle, violets, hibiscus, lavender or apple blossoms from your edible flower garden. Pick enough to make 2 cups.

Step 2

Wash your flowers gently under slow running water, and lay them on a towel to dry.

Step 3

Meanwhile, beat your egg whites in a bowl. Blend the sugar in a blender until it is fine. Put the sugar in a separate bowl.

Step 4

Use your paint brush to gently paint the egg whites over the front and back of the petals and flower surface of one of the flowers.

Step 5

Dip the front of your flower into the sugar, and sprinkle more sugar on the back side. Make sure to gently coat the entire flower with sugar.

Step 6

Lay the flower on your wax paper to dry. Repeat brushing egg whites and dipping the rest of the flowers in sugar. Let the flowers dry for 8 hours, and then store them at room temperature in an airtight container.

Things You'll Need

  • 2 cups edible flowers
  • Towel
  • 1/4 cup egg whites
  • 2 Bowls
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • Paint brush
  • Wax paper
  • Storage container

References

  • All Recipes
  • Joe Pastry: Baking Tips and News
Keywords: candied, edible flowers, preserving

About this Author

Based in Ann Arbor, Mich., Robin Coe has reported on a variety of subjects for more than 15 years. Coe has worked on environmental health and safety issues in communities across Ohio and Michigan. Coe holds a Bachelor of Science in journalism with a double-major in international politics from Bowling Green State University. She has also received training and experience as a nurse aide.

Photo by: noii/Flickr.com