In pastry school, we learned dozens of techniques for making sugar look like all kinds of things: ribbon, balloons, delicate flowers, and even sponges. I love having these skills in my wheelhouse because it's great to be able to jazz up a simple dessert with a little sugar work for special occasions. Of all the sugar techniques I've learned, making spun sugar is my favorite way to add some drama to desserts.
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Using spun sugar as a topper for desserts is a great way to turn something ordinary into extraordinary. For a cleaner look, create a simple template to catch the strands of pulled sugar, or simply gather the sugar strands together into a free-form ball. Use for topping cupcakes, cakes, individual custards, or even ice cream sundaes.