Shital's-Kitchen: Edible Jewellery

Friday, December 27, 2013

Edible Jewellery

Jewellery is such an important part of Indian tradition. Especially, during weddings and engagement ceremonies, the bride to be is bestowed with gold, diamonds and traditional family antiques. My favorite jewellery is Kundan and Meenakari on gold. Kundans are semi precious stones cut into various shapes and set to form a design. Meenakari is an enamel paint around the stones. Intricate designs and minute details are the hallmark of traditional Indian jewellery.

Since we Indians are well known for food and jewellery, combining them together is a creative and thoughtful idea. Few years back, my mother in law came up with the idea of presenting an Indian sweet in the form of jewellery. She did a wonderful job on it, and was quite appreciated amongst friends and family.

With confidence, support, and motivation from Snehanshu's aunt, (Pranita mami) I tried to create an edible jewellery to welcome the pretty bride to our family. Believe me, I was nervous when Pranita mami asked me to create a sweet necklace for her daughter-in-law to be. Although she knew I would come up with something good, presentable, and delicious,  my brain at that time was almost dead. Just 2 days before the engagement ceremony I ran to Michael's and collected few edible paints. I had edible pearls and I had made Kaju Katli (cashew cake) hundreds of times. Maybe,  I would put those together and create something pretty before the ceremony. You will now see rest of the story :)

Inspired by my favorite jewellery set, I created a paper stencil to cut my cashew cake.

I also found a jewellery box I could decorate and use to present the edible jewellery. I lined this box with food safe wax paper at the bottom so that the box could be reused :)

This was how the jewellery would fit in perfectly.

To make the sweet, I started with fresh, unsalted, raw cashew nuts.
You do not want to use the ones lying in your pantry or refrigerator since a long time. 

I pulsed to grind them and form a fine powder.
Do not let the cashew turn oily and lumpy.

1 cup cashew powder and 1/2 cup confectionery sugar

Mix sugar in a pan with 2 1/2 tbsp. milk to dissolve the sugar.
Do not heat the pan yet.

Clean a rolling surface and grease with ghee/clarified butter.

Place the pan on medium heat stove and bring the sugar mixture to boil.

As it starts bubbling, add a cup of fine cashew powder and mix well for 3-4 minutes.

Add 1/2 tsp. ghee or clarified butter and mix well.

Pour the cashew dough over greased surface. Roll it to fit the size of the jewellery.

While the dough was still warm, I cut off a few sides to mold into a tear drop pearl shape. I knew if the dough cooled down and set, I would not be able to mold it the way I wanted to.

It was time to get into action before the dough hardened :) Using a sharp pairing knife, I cut along my design.

If you are planning to make regular kaju katli (pieces) cut using a sharpe knife or pizza cutter at this stage, while the dough is still warm.

I gently removed the sides to avoid the pretty necklace shape from breaking.

OMG I could not believe it!! My imagination was taking shape.

Edible golden color, isn't this great!

Keeping the kaju katli as it is on the counter, I sprayed it with Wilton's golden mist and let it dry.
I was not worried about my counter. It could be cleaned easily.

Here is the jewellery box I painted with my puffy paints. Glittering Red and Gold Pearls :)

While the color set and dried well, I prepared some sugar frosting. 
I wanted to create a traditional Indian Kundan and Meenakari Jewellery look. Can you imagine, I was doing this just 2 hours before the engagement ceremony. By that time I knew this would look gorgeous. I have created this frosting before and this is my favorite painting technique too.

To create a smooth frosting to pipe designs, mix 1/2 cup confectionery sugar with 1 tbsp milk. Mix well to form a smooth easily flowing, but not runny frosting.Add a drop or two of milk if needed.

Look at my shimmering gold nail paint for the day! :)

I used bright red and green Wilton food colors to mix into the frosting.

Have I shown you this before?
My box of decorating tips.

Since I wanted my design to be intricate, I used Wilton number 1 piping tips.

Filled in the decorating bags and I was ready to go.

Oh yes, I couldn't forget the pretty, edible, sugar pearls.

Here are few pictures of frosting the cashew cake.

I also wanted to give an effect of filigree, which I manged to by filing the corner of the necklace to look like an intricate carving and Meenakari paint.

I covered the top with a clear cellophane, to protect from dirt or curious invitees touching it before the engagement ceremony.
I was so excited! Thanks to Pranita mami for all her motivation and confidence in me. 
 This is such a pretty gift for engagement, wedding, baby shower, henna or dance party, Diwali and many more occasions.

I am so ready to create more edible jewellery designs. If you do create one, please post it on my Facebook page. Would love to see them.


  1. Great effort... Made it perfect with lot of patience.

  2. you made wonderfully love it.

  3. Hi Swathi,

    Superb is the word for it. Are you planning to make this sometime soon? I would love to help you make it and learn from the expert. I live in Fremont,CA

    Let me know :)


  4. This is an incredible form of jewellery being created.I never in my dreams ever thought that jewellery could be created in kitchen.Concept is completely novel and I am impressed by this post.To purchase bridal jewellery in India, contact Sirjana signature jewellery in Delhi.

  5. U r just amazing. What a creative idea. Don't have any words. U put so much effort. Hats off to you. Jigna