New to this type of thing, and can't quite figure out how to get the 'beer' pouring from the can. I understand it's boiled (?) sugar and poured over a dowel, but how? I've never worked with boiled sugar before.
I'm sure there have been posts on this already, but I can't seem to find them/ Any help is GREATLY appreciated.
Yes, I know there have been posts about this here, too, otherwise how would I know what I'm going to tell you? Basically you have to let the sugar get to a temperature where it is warm enough to be molded and cool enough so that your hands can touch it without getting burned. You basically have to balance your can on top of the dowel that the "beer" will run down and shape the stream coming from the can by hand. I'm not the voice of experience, mind you, this is just what I've read. It would be really nice if there were a tutorial on YouTube or Flickr, though wouldn't it?
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i made one lately. got tips from this site. i boiled some sugar and when it was a bit caramelised, i placed the skewer on a piece of baking paper and then poured the sugar over it. while it was still warm i rolled the paper just to get all the sugar around the skwer. i placed the skewer into the cake and placed the can at the top. I had to send quite a bit of the skewer into the cake as the weight of the can kept moving the skewer. eeezzzzz.
Thanks for the hep. Hope I can do it!
First, I prepare my dowel rod by twisting a piece of floral wire on the top so that it hangs off as a loop. This loop will be inserted into the can to help keep it in place. Next, you need to boil the sugar to the hard crack stage (you can find this in the candy making section of a Betty Crocker cookbook). Once the sugar hits the hard crack stage, I add a li'l bit (very li'l bit) of golden yellow or brown coloring depending on what kind of beer I'm going for. Pour the sugar on the dowel and allow the sugar to drip so that it gives a pouring effect from the can. Once the sugar is cooled, put the empty can on top by inserting the wire loop. This wire will also have a slight coating of sugar on it, which will allow it to support the can better. A few tips: I coat my hands w/ shortening in order to shape the sugar so I don't burn my hands. When I do my dowel, I allow about 8"-10" to be the "beer" part - I leave the rest of the dowel without sugar so that it can be cut to size and inserted into the cake. Hope this helps! This is always a cake that grabs attention!
Thank you to everyone who posted information here. Hope this helps me with a cake this weekend