Panoramic Sugar Egg

Harlean Greathouse

Here are some lovely instructions for making Panoramic Sugar Eggs sent in by long time reader Harlean. (originally published 3-21-2005)

List of Supplies:

  • 2-piece hard plastic egg (available at Wal-Mart)
  • granulated Sugar
  • powdered sugar
  • light cardboard
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  • egg whites
  • flat cookie sheet
  • food coloring
  • figurines for inside egg
  • cake decorator

Instructions:

  1. Fill the mold halves with sugar to figure out how much you will need for each egg. You will need to mix with just enough water to make it like sand for sand castles . . . about 1 Tablespoon of water for each cup of sugar. Just sprinkle the water on a little at a time and mix with your hands. When you squeeze a handful and it clumps together, it's ready.
  2. Pack both halves of the egg firmly with damp sugar. Level off.
  3. Place your cardboard on top and invert the egg onto it. Place carefully on the cookie sheet, and slide the egg off the cardboard.
  4. Carefully lift the plastic mold off the sugar. Using a thin knife, make a cut down through the pointed end of the egg about 1/2 an inch from the end. Or if you would like a larger opening, make this 3/4 inch. Leave this piece in place for the time being, as it will keep the end from drying so you can scoop out the opening.
  5. Leave eggs to dry. This step will take several hours. Just wait until you can pick one up in your hand without it collapsing. You may lose a few at first, until you get the "feel" of it.
  6. When it is ready to handle, very carefully scoop out the sugar from inside leaving at least 1/4 inch of shell of a little more. You can use the sugar that you scoop out of your first egg to make another egg.
  7. Let the hollow shells sit overnight to let them get completely dry, then rub the inside with your fingers, to smooth the inside surface a little.
  8. Make your icing, divide it into small amounts and make several colors. Leave some white to "glue" the two halves of the egg together. The icing consists of powdered sugar and egg whites.
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  10. Place a couple egg whites in your mixer bowl and blend enough powdered sugar to form peaks. If it is not still enough, your decorations will collapse, and if it is too stiff, you will not be able to squeeze it out of your decorator.
  11. You can spread a little green icing in the bottom half of the egg, set your little figurine inside, pressing it into the icing to secure it. Or you can pipe "grass" inside. This icing will dry very hard, and hold your bunny or whatever in place. These little figurines can be found at Hobby Lobby or other craft stores before Easter and are inexpensive. If you think ahead, you can get them at clearance prices after Easter for next year. I paid 50 cents each for the ones pictured here.
  12. After you secure the bunny (or figurine), spread white icing on top of the bottom half of the egg sparingly. I find this is most easily done with your finger. Match the edges, set the top half onto the bottom half. If the hole looks ragged, don't worry. Your icing trim will cover this.
  13. How elaborate you are with the finishing touches will be determined by your expertise with a cake decorator. The simplest, but still impressive, embellishment is to simply use a star tip to cover the seam around the egg, and to trim out the round hole at the pointed end. You can even make simple flowers with a star tip, if you are a beginner decorator. You can be creative here. You can personalize them, you can add ribbons. It is up to you. Just have fun with it.
  14. If stored properly, these will keep for years. Do not wrap them in paper, as they will draw moisture if you live in a humid climate. They can be just set on a shelf, or stored in a sealed Zip Lock bag. They can even be boxed and stored in the freezer. But they will be loved and cherished by anyone who receives them.

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About The Author: Harlean Greathouse is a mother of three who has been married for 45 years. Long time readers of ThriftyFun will probably recognize her as Harlean from Arkansas, the name she has posted under as a valuable member of the ThriftyFun community. She specializes in wood crafts and enjoys designing crafts using recyclable materials, knitting, crochet and has been an arts and crafts vendor for over 35 years.

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March 21, 20050 found this helpful

WE had these when I was little. My grandmother made them!

Thank you so much for the wonderfully clear directions!

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March 23, 20070 found this helpful

I made these last year, but to get coloured eggs I used flavoured drink crystals with the sugar, peach, lime and strawberry. The eggs came out a pale pastel colour and they looked great!

My grandmother had made them for us when we were small too, Mine was Yellow and my sisters was Pink and my brothers was Blue, that is why I wanted to make them with colour.

EC

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March 23, 20070 found this helpful

How wonderful!

I have been looking for the molds to make these with in all the craft shops around without any luck.

Thank you so much for sharing this with every one.

I'm off to find a mold at Wal-Marts. You're timing couldn't be better.

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March 31, 20070 found this helpful

Oh My Goodness,What a delight .I have just down loaded the sugar egg .I used to get these at Easter from the local Sunday School and have never forgotten how beautiful they were.We were very poor and to have something given which was such a beatiful gift was a memory that will always be with me.I have asked many people about these eggs including the Teacher and no- one else remembers them, just goes to show how we all have different values. Once again many ,many thanks.I am so excited I could burst and I just cant wait for my Grand-children to come.thankyou from Grandma

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February 16, 20080 found this helpful

Hi, I'm in the SF Bay Area and you would think I would be able to find small, inexpensive plastic figurines here. No luck so far. I used to get everything I needed in Phoenix, AZ at ABC cake decorating store. Any suggestions? Does anyone know of an online outlet for the figurines?

Thanks, Chris

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March 4, 20080 found this helpful

I really enjoyed making these eggs for my children when they were young. Each egg was different and they always squeeled with delight. To the best of my recollection....I purchased alot of my little bunnies,chickies etc at Michaels or JoAnne Fabric. Party America also had lots of little scenery type things to add on the inside. This year I will be making sugar eggs for my two grandaughters...

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March 20, 20080 found this helpful

Every year I remember the beautiful panoramic eggs my Dad would give my sister and I at Easter. They came from See's candy. (50+ yrs.ago) I never ate mine and tried to save it but the ants finally found it. I really miss them. I think it is probably too late to make them this year and I'm not good at stuff like this but I might give it a try. If I can't...maybe I can find someone who can. Thx for the directions.

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December 1, 20080 found this helpful

I had these when I was younger also. They're not just for Easter. I'm making them for Xmas. I think I'll make them next year for xmas centerpieces. (baby showers, bridal showers etc. You got me going lol . Thanks for the directions, I couldn't remember them - senior moment.

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February 22, 20090 found this helpful

Thank you so much for these instructions. My grandson lives in TX (I'm in FL) and would anyone have suggestions as how to send these w/o having them break? Any ideas would be GREATLY appreciated. "D"

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