Last Updated on January 19, 2023
If you are looking to take your decorating skills to the next level, this fantastic cake lace recipe is perfect for you. Cake lace provides an elegant design to any cake. It is great for use on wedding cakes or any cake for a formal event.
Though cake lace can be tricky to make, as it requires prior baking experience, it is well worth the work. It makes for a beautiful addition to any cake. Once you get the hang of it, you will definitely keep this recipe on hand so you can make some show-stopping cakes. Let’s take a closer look at a cake lace recipe.
What You Will Need: Cake Lace Recipe
- 1/3 cup boiling water
- 1/4 teaspoon glucose syrup
- 1 tablespoon Tylose Powder
- 1 tablespoon cornstarch
- 1/2 teaspoon confectioners’ sugar or icing sugar
- 1 teaspoon glycerin
- Food coloring
- Clear piping gel
- Medium saucepan
- Lace mat
- Silicone baking mat
Step by Step: Sugar Lace Recipe
Step One: Add the Glucose Syrup
Mix the glucose syrup and the boiling hot water.
Step Two: Add the Tylose Powder
Add the Tylose powder to the mixture. Mix well and let the mixture stand for 5-10 minutes.
Step Three: Add the Corn Starch, Icing Sugar, and Glycerine
Mix the cornstarch, icing sugar, and glycerine. If needed, add two teaspoons of water.
Step Four: Add Food Coloring
Add the food coloring of your choice. Be sure to fully combine the mixture as well to evenly disperse the color.
Step Five: Add to Lace Mat
Carefully pour your sugar mixture into the lace mats. Place a silicone mat on top if needed.
Step Six: Set the Edible Cake Lace
Let the cake lace fully dry at room temperature overnight for 12 hours. In addition, you can also bake the lace at 60 degrees Fahrenheit for 15-20 minutes. Once ready, flip the lace out onto a silicone baking mat.
Step Seven: Arrange the Cake Lace Mixture
Carefully add the dried lace to your cake. Slowly, release the cake lace to ensure no breakage happens.
Apply a thin layer of clear piping gel to your cake. Carefully wrap the lace around your frosted cake. Gently press the lace sheets on your cake to keep them in place.
Servings and Preparation Time
Tips and Tricks
Store any leftover edible sugar lace in between layers of parchment paper in an airtight box. Be sure to avoid leaving the mixture out, as it can become brittle and stale.
When properly stored, the edible sugar lace can keep for up to a year. Be certain to avoid keeping it in direct sunlight, as this will cause it to melt. In addition, please do not keep it in the fridge as it may dry out; leading it to become brittle.
If you accidentally overbake your edible sugar lace, place it in a zip lock bag with a damp paper towel for a few minutes. Do not actually let the lace touch the damp towel. This will help the elasticity return to the lace, making it easier to work with.
There are many different lace mats you can purchase. It is best to purchase thinner mats, as thicker ones can be harder to work with. However, the level of thickness is all up to you.
Use a sharp knife to trim any excess off the edible sugar lace. This will allow you to easily get just the right size to put on your cake.
Your lace mat should be washed with water and mild dish soap. It is best to wash them by hand, as they are delicate.
Edible lace can go on cakes decorated with buttercream and fondant as well. The clear piping gel will help keep the lace in place on your cakes.
Cake Lace Recipe: Incredible How-To Guide
- Medium saucepan
- Lace mat
- Silicone baking mat
- Add the Glucose Syrup - Mix together the glucose syrup and the boiling hot water.
- Add the Tylose Powder - Add the Tylose powder to the mixture. Mix well and let the mixture stand for 5-10 minutes.
- Add the Corn Starch, Icing Sugar and Glycerine - Mix together the corn starch, icing sugar and glycerine. If needed, add two teaspoons of water.
- Add Food Coloring - Add your food coloring of choice. Be sure to fully combine the mixture as well to evenly disperse the color.
- Add to Lace Mat - Carefully pour your sugar mixture into the lace mats. Place a silicone mat on top if needed.
- Set the Edible Cake Lace - Let the cake lace fully dry at room temperature overnight for 12 hours. In addition, you can also bake the lace at 60 degrees Fahrenheit for 15-20 minutes. Once ready, flip the lace out onto a silicone baking mat.
- Arrange the Cake Lace Mixture - Carefully add the dried lace to your cake. Slowly, release the cake lace to ensure no breakage happens.
- Apply a thin layer of clear piping gel to your cake. Carefully wrap the lace around your frosted cake. Gently press the lace sheets on your cake to keep them in place.
Sugar Lace Molds: Our Top Pick
There’s a huge selection of sugar lace molds available. Many of which you can buy from craft stores, or a range of online stores such as Amazon. If you’re just starting with sugar lace, and aren’t sure what to choose, I found the Anyana Embossing Mat Lace Band Silicone fantastic for when I was a beginner. It’s just $10.99 and has 4 different lace patterns to choose from to get started.
What I love about this product is that it’s reusable and incredibly easy to clean. Whether you’re a professional or a beginner, it’s super easy to work with. As well as being easy to wash by hand, it’s also dishwasher safe too. You can also freeze it, place it in the oven and even microwave it too!
Is Sugar Lace Edible?
Absolutely. Sugar lace contains all edible ingredients, and can safely be consumed. However, it often tastes quite bland and doesn’t have the best texture. Like many aspects of cake making, these are really for decoration purposes only. But if you enjoy the taste, feel free to eat it, as it’s completely safe.
How Long Does Sugar Lace Last?
Once made, sugar lace can last up to a year. This all comes down to how well you store it though. It should be kept in a cardboard box, in a cool, dry place. It should also be separated with parchment paper to keep it as fresh as possible.
Sugar Lace Recipe Without Meringue Powder
There are many reasons why you may be wanting to make sugar lace without the use of meringue powder. If you’re looking for a recipe that’s meringue powder free, we’re here to help. The ingredients you’ll need for this recipe are:
- 1 tablespoon of tylose powder
- 4 tablespoons of boiling water
- 1 tablespoon of confectioners’ sugar
- 2 tablespoons of cornstarch or cornflour
- 1/2 teaspoon of light corn syrup
- 1 drop of gel food coloring (white usually works best for lace, but you can choose any)
Now all you need to do is:
- Grab a small mixing bowl and add the following ingredients: tylose powder and boiling water. Mix until the mixture becomes clear.
- Once clear, add the following ingredients: corn starch (or corn flour) and confectioners’ sugar. Mix well, and then add the corn syrup. Keep mixing until you have a smooth mixture.
- Once smooth, add the coloring of your choice and stir until mixed evenly.
- Use immediately, or store in an airtight container in the refrigerator. Once ready to use, remove it from the fridge and allow it to come to room temperature.
- If using immediately, add the mixture to your sugar lace molds and try to make the layer as thin as you can. Now place in the oven at 110F for around 10-15 minutes. When the sides start to come up slightly, your lace is ready.
- Lace can be stored in a box in a cool, dry place. It’s important to use parchment paper to separate the lace, for best results.
Beautiful and Elegant Sugar Lace Recipe
If you are looking for a fun project and beautiful decoration for your cake, look no further than this sugar lace recipe. Though working with molds can get a bit tricky, this recipe is well worth all the work. Your friends and family will all be impressed by how the lace looks on your cake.
Whether for a wedding or a special event, the lace is just the right touch. It gives the cake an elegant look, which is great for formal events. It will take your decorating skills to the top.
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Anna is an experienced pastry chef with a great eye for detail and an even greater passion for creating delicious treats. She has been in the pastry business for over 10 years, and her dedication and commitment to delivering quality pastries has earned her a loyal clientele. Anna is an expert in all aspects of pastry–making, from baking and decorating to creating custom cakes and pastries for special occasions. With her creative flair and a commitment to using only the freshest ingredients, Anna has become a respected pastry chef among her peers. Whether she‘s baking for a special event or whipping up something for her family, Anna‘s cakes and pastries always make for a memorable experience.