Learn how to make naturally colored and flavored decorating sugar crystal sprinkles using our easy DIY recipe for Pink Fairy Dust Sugar Crystal Sprinkles. The sugar crystals are naturally flavored with berries, both raspberry and strawberry, making cocktails with sugared rims as well as everyday, holiday and special occasion desserts taste extraordinary with an impressive presentation that shimmers and sparkles! Includes Quick & Easy Shortcut variation.
SUGAR RUSH DIY:
How to Make Naturally Colored and Flavored Sugar Crystal Sprinkles For Cocktails and Desserts
Today, I am tickled pink and pleased as punch to share with you my original recipe for all-natural Pink Fairy Dust Sugar Crystal Sprinkles. It’s a “sugar rush” kind of day, my sweet friends!
These stunning all-natural colored and flavored sugar sprinkles are ideal for sugaring cocktail glass rims as well as embellishing desserts from cookies and cakes to cupcakes, breakfast treats such as glazed coffee cakes, doughnuts, muffins and scones, to candies such as homemade hand-dipped chocolate and white chocolate truffles. Plus, they are a blessing for the allergic.
Powder-fine freeze-dried strawberries about to be stirred into coarse crystal sugar.
Since I am severely allergic to nearly all food additives and anything corn-derived, I have been driven to create sprinkles of all kinds that are all-natural, colorful and stunningly beautiful by themselves yet striking when used to embellish cocktails, baked treats and desserts. Most importantly, the homemade sprinkles had to taste sensational.
Well, I am pleased to report that the recipe turned out so incredibly well (actually beyond my wildest expectations) that I decided to share it here on the blog with y’all. In fact, I am happy to announce that this post is the first in a new series—Homemade Natural Decorating Sprinkles.
Mixing raspberry syrup and powder-fine freeze-dried strawberries into coarse sugar crystals.
From simple and elegant to more lavish presentations—especially fairytale and fantasy themed desserts—these impressive sugar crystals add interest and a touch of whimsy as well as a splash of natural raspberry and strawberry flavor.
They are perfect for:
- Christmas – For that dreamy vintage shabby cottage Christmas look.
- New Year’s Eve – Ideal for Pink Champagne Layer Cake or cupcakes.
- Valentine’s Day
- Mother’s Day
- Bridal Showers
- Baby Showers
- Romantic Weddings
- Special Occasions – Such as anniversaries, birthdays and graduations.
- Spring and Summer Entertaining
Use your imagination as the applications are truly limitless!
Naturally colored and berry-flavored coarse sugar crystals before drying.
The best part is that this DIY recipe for Pink Fairy Dust Sugar Crystals is incredibly easy. We all know that clear (also called “white”), pink and red sugar crystals are incredibly beautiful when combined. But, what about creating a depth or range of sparkling colors with sugar that resembles fairy dust or stardust?
My favorite way to combine the sugars, to create the depth and whole “fairy dust look” (after coloring and flavoring), is to mix plain or clear coarse Sparkling White Sugar Crystals with at least three (3) tinted and/or flavored coarse pink crystals in varying shades of pink, in equal parts, then add just a touch each of light pink, hot pink and red granulated or “sanding” sugars.
Getting Started: Let’s Make Pink Berry-Flavored Sugar Sprinkles
To get started, you will need a few simple and specialty ingredients, a little bit of time and some everyday kitchen equipment and supplies:
- coarse crystal and granulated cane sugars
- freeze-dried strawberries to make into a powder with mini food processor
- red and/or pink gel based natural food colorings
- time to mix the sugars and allow them to dry before the final mixing
- baking sheets
- parchment or wax paper
- small mixing bowls
- bamboo skewers or toothpicks for adding gel color
- zip-top plastic food storage bags for blending flavoring and coloring into sugars
- spice or storage jars with airtight caps (like these spice jars I found at Amazon.com)
Sparkling White Sugar by King Arthur Flour®.
Also, you will need to make one simple 3-ingredient recipe (not counting the water) with fresh raspberries to impart remarkable all-natural color and raspberry flavor:
- Homemade Raspberry Syrup, recipe by Wicked Good Kitchen
Homemade Raspberry Syrup, recipe by Wicked Good Kitchen
For a super Quick & Easy Shortcut variation (see Notes section of recipe), all you need are the following natural colored and flavored coarse crystal sugars that I found at Amazon.com, in convenient 6-ounce pouches, that are so “pretty in pink”:
Raspberry Sugar by Jansal Valley®
Strawberry Sugar by Jansal Valley®
I also like these naturally colored reddish-pink sugar crystals, Red Natural Decorating Sugar, from King Arthur Flour®.
Red Natural Decorating Sugar by King Arthur Flour®.
If allergies are of no concern, and you do not want to mix your own tinted granulated or “sanding” sugars and go the all-natural route, you could opt for the artificially or synthetically colored varieties, in pink and red, to sprinkle in as a shortcut.
Soon I will be sharing some magnificent recipes incorporating this special homemade pink sparkling decorating sugar in different applications, so please stay tuned.
Meanwhile, if you enjoy raspberries and strawberries, or the combination of fresh raspberries and strawberries as much as I do, check out these fabulous original recipes from Wicked Good Kitchen that include two (2) incredible layer cakes:
Raspberry and Strawberry Silk Buttercream
Strawberry-Raspberry Mascarpone Buttercream
Strawberry (or Cherry) Cream Cheese Buttercream
Pink Champagne Velvet Layer Cake
White Velvet Layer Cake with Strawberry-Raspberry Mascarpone Buttercream
For the raspberry and strawberry lovers in your life, whip up a batch of all-natural Pink Fairy Dust Sugary Crystal Sprinkles to adorn your favorite cocktails and desserts.
And let your imagination go wild!
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Learn how to make naturally colored and flavored decorating sugar crystals using our easy DIY recipe for Pink Fairy Dust Sugar Crystals. The sugar crystals are naturally flavored with berries, both raspberry and strawberry, making cocktails with sugared rims as well as everyday, holiday and special occasion desserts taste extraordinary with an impressive presentation that shimmers and sparkles! Includes Quick & Easy Shortcut variation.
- For the Natural Raspberry Coloring and Flavoring
- 1 recipe Homemade Raspberry Syrup, recipe by Wicked Good Kitchen
- For the Natural Strawberry Coloring and Flavoring
- ½ cup (10 grams) organic freeze-dried strawberries, such as Just Tomatoes® brand
- For Pink Natural Colored and Flavored Coarse Crystal Sugar
- ¾ cup (about 192 grams) coarse crystal sugar, such as Sparkling White Sugar, by King Arthur Flour®, or raw sugar crystals
- 6 teaspoons (6 grams) powdered organic freeze-dried strawberries
- 1 tablespoon (15 ml) Homemade Raspberry Syrup
- Natural red and/or pink gel based food coloring, such as CHEFMASTER®
- For Pink and Red Natural Colored Granulated or “Sanding” Sugar
- ¾ cup (150 grams) granulated cane sugar
- Natural pink and/or red gel based food coloring, such as CHEFMASTER®
- For Clear Coarse Crystal Sugar
- 4 tablespoons (¼ cup/about 64 grams) coarse crystal sugar, such as Sparkling White Sugar, by King Arthur Flour®, or organic raw sugar crystals
- Special Equipment and Supplies
- Baking sheets
- Parchment or wax paper
- Small mixing bowls
- Bamboo skewers or toothpicks for adding gel food coloring
- Zip-top plastic food storage bags for mixing sugars
- Spice jars or storage jars with airtight caps, thoroughly cleaned
- Prepare the Homemade Raspberry Syrup: Follow recipe for Wicked Good Kitchen’s Homemade Raspberry Syrup.
- Prepare the Powdered Strawberries: In a mini food processor, process organic freeze-dried strawberries until powder-fine. Pour powdered strawberries into fine mesh sieve placed over a small to medium sized bowl. Sift the powdered strawberries to remove larger pieces. Store powder-fine freeze-dried strawberries in zip-top plastic food storage bag until ready to use.
- Prepare Pink Natural Colored and Flavored Coarse Crystal Sugar: Make three (3) batches ranging in pink hues. For each batch, combine ¼ cup (64 grams) coarse crystal sugar and 2 teaspoons powder-fine freeze-dried strawberries and mix until well blended. Stir in 1 teaspoon Homemade Raspberry Syrup, or use a zip-top plastic food storage bag, and mix until well combined. Using a bamboo skewer or toothpick, add desired amount of gel food coloring (about 1 to 6 drops from toothpick depending on color tint desired) and mix (or massage in bag) until thoroughly blended, about 3 to 5 minutes.
- Pour sugar onto parchment or wax paper lined baking sheet. Using a rubber spatula, carefully spread the sugar (without crushing the crystals) out into a thin layer to air dry until completely dried. I like to place the baking sheets on the desk in my home office and leave them undisturbed (behind closed doors) to air dry overnight. This way, the color and flavor will not be blunted or compromised by the application of heat in the oven.
- Prepare Pink and Red “Sanding” Sugar: Make three (3) batches ranging in hues of pink and/or red. For each batch, combine ¼ cup (50 grams) granulated sugar and 1 to 6 drops of red or pink natural gel based food coloring, depending on intensity of color tint desired, in a zip-top plastic food bag. Blend well by mixing (massaging) until thoroughly blended, about 3 to 5 minutes.
- Pour sugar onto parchment or wax paper lined baking sheet. Using a rubber spatula, carefully spread the sugar out into a thin layer to air dry until completely dried.
- After drying completely, the sugar crystals and “sanding” sugars are ready to use in recipes or to combine and blend together to make Pink Fairy Dust Sugar Crystals.
- To Prepare 1 cup (192 grams) of Pink Fairy Dust Sugar Crystals: Combine 4 tablespoons (¼ cup or 48 grams) each of three (3) pink colored and flavored coarse sugar crystals with 4 tablespoons (¼ cup or 64 grams) coarse crystal sugar, such as Sparkling White Sugar by King Arthur Flour®. Add about ¼ teaspoon each of the granulated tinted decorating “sanding” sugars. Mix until well blended and use immediately in recipes.
Store in airtight glass jars, such as spice jars (or even sterilized baby food jars). Naturally colored and flavored coarse crystal and granulated sugars (using citrus, dried berries and botanically based food color) will last about 2 months if stored in a cool, dark place such as a cabinet or pantry or up to 4 months if refrigerated.
IMPORTANT: It is very important that your sugar crystals are completely dry before storing for food safety reasons (to prevent bacterial and/or mold growth). It is also important that the sugar crystals are completely dry to prevent the colors from bleeding when sprinkling onto desserts such as with buttercream frostings or whipped cream.
If using raw sugar crystals (sugar in the raw), your colors will vary. The pinks will be a more “antique pink”, “ballet pink” or “dusty pink”.
The more wet ingredients (such as Homemade Raspberry Syrup and gel based food coloring) you add, the longer it will take the sugar to dry. So, plan accordingly.
To prepare more than 1 cup (192 grams) Pink Fairy Dust Sugar Crystals, simply double or triple the batches as needed.
To sugar cocktail rims, dip rims of cocktail glasses in shallow plate with favorite liqueur (I like to use Crème de Cacao Blanc by Marie Brizard), or agave syrup or honey, and then in shallow plate with Pink Fairy Dust Sugar Crystals to coat the rim as desired. Alternatively, use lemon, lime or orange wedges to moisten cocktail glass rims before dipping into sugar crystals.
Use leftover Homemade Raspberry Syrup as breakfast syrup for pancakes, French toast and waffles, and in desserts, beverages and cocktail making. Store unused tinted “sanding” sugars for future use.
It is natural for the colored and flavored sugars to clump. Simply break apart and stir in a small bowl with a spoon.
To Make Quick & Easy Shortcut Pink Fairy Dust Sugar Crystals: Simply mix equal parts of Sparkling White Sugar by King Arthur Flour®, Red Natural Decorating Sugar by King Arthur Flour® (which is a lovely shade of deep pink), Raspberry Sugar by Jansal Valley and Strawberry Sugar by Jansal Valley available at Amazon.com. Then, sprinkle in, with a very light hand in equal amounts, artificially or synthetically colored light pink, hot pink and red decorating “sanding” sugars. For instance, to make 1 cup, mix 4 tablespoons each of the coarse crystal sugars and ¼ teaspoon each of the granulated cane sugar and decorating “sanding” sugars. Mix until well blended and use immediately in recipes. Store in airtight glass bottles (such as spice jars) in a cool, dark place such as a cabinet or pantry.
Wicked Good Kitchen prefers using all-natural, organic and kosher gel based food coloring by CHEFMASTER®. I purchase mine from The Baker’s Kitchen as they are a great resource with no minimum orders on these fabulous food coloring pastes. (Other online stores require you to purchase a minimum of a box of 12 units…in each color.)
Original Recipe Source: WickedGoodKitchen.com
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