Spun Sugar Recipe

Spun sugar is a great way to turn a plain dessert into something more elegant.  And its just fun to play with.  This recipe comes from the Barefoot Contessa's page.  The photo below gives you an idea of how she used it for her dessert.  Next week I will be posting up some other great ideas on how to use spun sugar to decorate your sweets.



  • 2 1/2 cups granulated sugar
  • 1/2 cup corn syrup
  • 1/2 cup water


Mix the ingredients together in a medium pot and, using a pastry brush soaked in water, wash down the sides of the pot to make sure there is no caramelization to color the sugar before you get to temperature.

Heat the ingredients on the stove top to 300 degrees on a candy thermometer. Remove from the heat and cool to 275 degrees over a water bath.

Dip a fork in the sugar syrup and stretch the sugar syrup back and forth across the bottom of a pre-greased bowl, going as quickly as possible. Gently gather the spun sugar and place it on a dessert plate.


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About Kathryn

I owned a successful wedding cake business for 4 years. I currently stay at home full-time running after my two boys. I started this DIY cake blog to encourage others to explore the world of creative desserts.