Awhile back, I was browsing a favorite blog, The Wedding Chicks, and came across this DIY post about how to make these Ombre Sugar Hearts. I knew immediately that I was going to have to try these – and if I didn’t know it, my daughter Karina (not her real name) was CERTAINLY going to make sure that I knew it! LOL!
So, one day, when I had nothing else to do other than clean the house, be with my kids and husband, play with the dog, wash the dishes, do the laundry, or clean out the garage……..I decided to give it a try. Here are some things I discovered and thought I’d share with you:
~ One thing I found out upon trying this is that it is VERY time consuming. I thought it was because I had never made them before that I was taking such a long time, but I made them again this past week and it still took me a long time. By the time you find the right consistency of the sugar and cut the shapes out and add more sugar and repeat this until you are done……you are looking at a minimum of an hour and THAT is if you are moving fast. Of course, I like to time myself to see how fast I can get things done. It is my training – sorry!
~ This makes a LOT of little hearts! I guess if you are cutting out something bigger, then you wouldn’t have quite as many – duh! But, my daughter wanted the little hearts and who am I to deny her?! Thankfully I have the patience of a saint (or at least that is what my mother always tells me) and made all 600 hearts! If you do not want so many, then do not add a lot of sugar to each batch and you won’t have QUITE as many – but you’ll still have a lot.
~ These are NOT fun to cut on a cake. The guests LOVE them, but they do make it a little harder to cut the cake since they offer some resistance and will fall off. This will result in the not-so-perfect-looking slice of cake. However, they can easily be picked up and placed ON the cake as an added bonus.
~ The hardest part for me was finding the right consistency for the sugar. The instructions say for it to be like wet sand (“like sands falling through the hourglass” – sorry, I couldn’t resist!). Well, I don’t know about you, but there are varying degrees of wet sand. How wet? Smushy wet? Damp? The kind of wet sand needed to create a sand castle? So, it took me a couple of times to figure it out. For me, it worked better on the mushier side. But if it was TOO mushy, then it stuck tho the parchment paper when I tried to lift it.
The end result was SO worth it! Everyone loved it, especially my daughter. And since she LOVES crystals and sparkly things – I had to add these mega cool crystal butterflies for her. This particular cake required 455 mini sugar hearts and the inside was pink ombre as well. Enjoy!
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