If you’ve been watching the Great British Bake Off recently you will have seen all the bakers creating spun sugar. We’ve created a simple tutorial in four easy steps so you can try it yourself at home!
250g white caster sugar
1. Place the sugar and water in a medium heavy based saucepan and heat to dissolve the sugar.
2. Bring the sugar syrup to a simmer, but don’t stir as this will cause the syrup to crystallise. Using a sugar thermometer heat the syrup until it reaches 155°C or the ‘Hard Crack’ stage. Remove from the heat and plunge into a basin of cold water.
3. Use a fork to dip into the sugar and flick the fork back and forth over a rolling pin to create lots of long hair-like strands
4. Finally gather the strands of spun sugar and mould into a ball. Repeat this to make more decorations if needed.
And there you have it! A perfect way to snazz up any of your cakes, cupcakes or desserts.