How to Make Easy Sugared Fruits & Vegetables

 How to Make Easy Sugared Fruits, Vegetables, and More ~ What would Martha do if she needed a quick centerpiece, or her pumpkin pie was looking a little dowdy? She’s sugar up something! You can use fruits, vegetables, even findings from the yard like pine cones, leaves and sprigs.

What you will need ~

  • some white sugar
  • a beaten egg white
  • a pastry brush
  • a sheet of waxed paper
  • whatever you want to add a little sparkle to

II used cranberries for my PUMPKIN CHEESECAKE, and my CRANBERRY PIE, but there are so many other things you can ‘sugar’.

Use a pastry brush to brush the beaten egg on the item you want to add sparkle to. Then sprinkle it all over with sugar and set aside to dry. If there is a stem, grab onto it while you sprinkle. If there is no stem you can plop it right in the sugar. For single berries just drop them in the egg white and then roll them around in the sugar with a spoon. For things like pine cones and sprigs, you can just brush their tips.
You can dab more egg white on spots you missed, and re sprinkle with more sugar, but try not to be a perfectionist about it, you’re going for a naturally frost kissed look.


This is another project perfect for kids…it will give them a chance to be a part of the holiday preparations. Just line your kitchen table with waxed paper and let them go at it.

For this demo I used what I had lying around the house (and yard!) to make an impromptu centerpiece…the mini pumpkins leftover from my Halloween decor, a few clementines, pears and concord grapes. I added some pine cones and a few pine sprays for fall flavor.

If you’re making a centerpiece, arrange the sugared items on a platter, cake stand, or tray, and put something—anything—under the center object (s) to create some lift to give the arrangement different levels. Fill in blank spots with loose grapes or cranberries and sprigs. The sugaring will sparkle best under your lights at night, so they’re perfect for a holiday table.

Have fun!

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    November 19, 2015 at 1:50 pm

    I love this look and this would be especially beautiful for Christmas… Thank you for this. : )

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    <a href="" title="Italian Home Decor">Italian Home Decor</a>
    May 18, 2012 at 4:07 am

    Looks amazing! However, I’m still thinking if you can eat those pumpkin-looking thing as a whole.

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    November 22, 2011 at 3:53 am

    Love this! I am planning an all white Thanksgiving theme this year. I am planning to use my marshmallow with white chocolate pop as my focal point but I think I can still squeeze this idea into my layout to make it more festive. I love the winter effect of the sugar and it really brigthen my Thanksgiving table. Thanks for the post. You are brilliant!

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    November 20, 2011 at 12:47 pm

    I’ve not attempted sugaring anything yet, not even flower petals – but am thrilled to see vegetables sugared too – wonderful centrepiece.

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    Heather @
    November 20, 2011 at 2:05 pm

    Beautiful! I have made sugared cranberries and grapes before…but I’m loving the look of all of those various things sugared for your centerpiece. It’s very dreamy =)

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    November 20, 2011 at 3:23 am

    These are gorgeous, Sue! My aunt does centerpieces like this for special events and they never fail to impress. I should try it for myself one of these days. Your table is lovely as can be.

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    November 20, 2011 at 1:29 am

    Just lovely! Such a perfect autumnal centerpiece!

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    November 19, 2011 at 11:45 pm

    Love the frosted look! Kind of like a Lalique on veggies and fruits; makes it look so special and precious, like little diamonds

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    November 19, 2011 at 3:21 pm

    how gorgeous!!!!!

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    November 19, 2011 at 2:35 pm

    Brilliant idea, they look amazing, have a snowy look. I guess you could also do this to cookies and cakes and eat them afterwards!

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    Nantucket Daffodil
    November 19, 2011 at 10:19 pm

    This is stunning!

    I had sugared pansies on my wedding cake…brings back some memories.

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    Gerlinde in Dallas
    November 19, 2011 at 8:04 pm

    This is a great idea. Your centrepiece looks lovely!

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    Ocean Breezes and Country Sneezes
    November 19, 2011 at 4:24 pm

    Simply stunning! If I can find some time I think this would look lovely on my Thanksgiving table!


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    Sue/the view from great island
    November 19, 2011 at 4:18 pm

    A Trifle Rushed—I consider these decorative for that very reason, I’m a wimp when it comes to food poisoning. But Marina at Yummy Mummy has a recipe for sugared cranberries that is edible. I linked to it in my previous post.

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    A Trifle Rushed
    November 19, 2011 at 3:41 pm

    Sue, fantastic! I Used to use sugared grapes on cheesecakes, but stopped when we had an egg scare here in Britain. You have inspired me to start again!

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    November 19, 2011 at 3:36 pm

    I wondered how and what you used to decorate your pumpkin cheesecake so beautifully…this is such a great idea and everything looks wonderful. I’m definitely going to to this for the holidays.

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