Easter is coming up, and Darla Aiken of Lynnwood says we need to celebrate it the right way.
With sugar eggs!
Aiken is the mastermind behind these incredibly intricate sugar eggs, all the way down to the scenes you see when you take a peek inside. Using her love for baking, and her knowledge of decorating, Aiken creates something that not many know how to do, and it all started with a little inspiration.
When Aiken was younger, she used to go to the Sandy Bar Flea Market, and it was there that she saw a little egg at one of the stalls. She was completely mesmerized.
"I wanted to make my own rendition," she said.
So, among many life changes, she worked at various shops to increase her hand at baking, on top of what her crafty grandmothers taught her. In school, she took classes that proved to be helpful to her still to this day. Take the potpourri class she took, for example.
"There was one time when I was working in a cafe, that the baker didn't show up," she said. "That was the same day we needed to have a wedding cake done, and so I stepped in and I used those very same skills with my eggs."
And Aiken's eggs are gorgeous - like, official Easter Bunny level gorgeous.
"I used to be the Easter Bunny in my neighborhood," Aiken said. When she lived in New Mexico, her husband would deliver her eggs to the front doors of the neighborhood children.
To this day, many of her friends and those she knew keeps her eggs - still intact! Some have lasted upwards of twenty years.
From one look at her creations, you can see how much time and effort goes into creating such masterpieces. According to Aiken, decorating is only a small part of creating the eggs. First she has to melt and color the sugar, after which she molds them into eggs and allows them to dry for a day. Only then can she get into decorating the eggs - both the outsides and the insides with scenes like bunnies, lake patches and a spattering of vintage figurines she works hard to find.
On top of that, Aiken takes the time to decorate the insides as well, with scenes like a bunny or lake patch, decorated with vintage figurines she sets out to find.
"All of my eggs are, I want to say, 99.9 percent edible," said Aiken - save for the figurines of course. "I call them my Incredible Edible Sugar Eggs."
Aiken has worked on perfecting her craft for over thirty years now and, it's clear that she doesn't intend to stop bringing the magic anytime soon.