Sugar Cages (A La " Bridget Jones")

Recipe by Mimi Bobeck
READY IN: 23mins




  • Put sugar, corn syrup, and water in a 2-quart saucepan over medium-high heat.
  • Insert a thermometer and cook the sugar mixture until it reaches 311°F.
  • Remove from the heat and pour into a medium microwaveable bowl.
  • Lightly coat bowl that matches whatever you're placing the sugar cage over with cooking spray.
  • Dip the prongs of a fork into hot sugar.
  • This is the hard part: carefully but quickly wave the fork over the inside of the bowl, allowing the sugar to drip off fork in long, thin strands.
  • Try to do the strands evenly on the sides and bottom of the bowl.
  • Making sure to come all the way to the rim, but not so thick that you can't see the bowl through the sugar.
  • Using a sharp knife, slice the edge of the cage clean by scraping the blade of the knife along the rim of the bowl.
  • Let cool for 5 minutes.
  • To get the cage out: place your thumbs on the outside of the bowl and your fingers on the inside of the sugar cage.
  • Gently pull the cage loose from the side and bottom of the bowl.
  • Apply this same pressure all around the inside of the bowl.
  • After the cage out of the bowl place it over the dessert.
  • WARNING: If the sugar is still too warm, the cage will begin to collapse.
  • You should let the cage cool completely first before removing it.
  • This will make sure it keeps its shape.