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Sweet Finishes


It is no secret that I prefer savory dishes over anything sugary and sweet. I would happily offer fruit and cheese to finish a meal, but most expect something sweet. So I share one of my secrets on how to present a very eleganty plated dessert that will make your guests assume that you not only have a professional chef in your kitchen but also a pastry chef!

Serves 8


  1. 1    Cheese Cake,  10”-11” – Store Bought
  2. 1    Vanilla Ice Cream Carton, About 2 Cups – Store Bought
  3. 1    Chocolate Truffles – Store Bought
  4. 2C  Granulated Sugar
  5. 8     Strawberries _ slide one at a time
  6. 1b   Mint


  • 2½” round Cookie Cutter 
  • 1½” Scooper 
  •  8”x3½” Stainless Steel Flat surface


This dessert is only as good as your store-bought cheese cake and ice cream.  Choose wisely!

There are different ways to make spun sugar decorations.
The dry method, which is sugar only or the wet method, where a small amount of water is added.
It is also important to have the caramel at the right temperature to drizzle properly, not too hot and not too cold.
There are also different ways of creating the shapes with flat surface or curved surface.
I use a chilled stainless steel sheet, but you can drizzle your caramelized sugar onto parchment paper.
Get Creative with the shape of your spun or drizzled sugar.
Spinning sugar can get messy, so make sure to prepare your work area.
Remember when working with hot sugar, you should exercise extreme caution since sugar can produce terrible burns. 



  1. Using cookie cutter, cut your cheese cake into cylinders, refrigerate until ready to use
  2. Cut strawberries one at a time, into 5-6 slices. Keep each strawberry together so you can fan them out when plating


  1. Place your metal surface in the freezer for 30 minutes or line your counter with parchment paper
  2. Using the dry caramel method, place a saucepan over low heat, add sugar to dissolve
  3. Stir over low heat until the sugar dissolves
  4. Increase heat to medium and cook (don't stir) until the sugar reaches a very light amber color
    (watch carefully, as this will happen very quickly)
  5. Use a pastry brush to brush the sides of the pan with water to prevent crystallization
  6. Remove caramel from heat immediately
  7. Allow caramel to cool just until very, very thin wispy strands form when drizzled with a fork
  8. Remove your metal surface from freezer, make sure it is dry or make sure your parchment lined surface is ready
  9. Dipping your fork into the caramelized sugar, drizzle over your prepared surface to create the desired shape
  10. Repeat until you have made 8 caramelized sugar decorations
  11. If the caramelized sugar becomes too stiff, return to low heat to soften it up again


  1. Place one cheese cake portion on each plate
  2. Garnish  the top of the cheesecake with two truffles
  3. Add a sprig of mint and one sliced strawberry fanned out
  4. Place the spun sugar on top of cheese cake
  5. Place one scoop of ice cream on each plateand serve immediately