Sugar Subtletie for Yule Feast Featuring a Weihnachtspyramide (German Christmas Pyramid) – Siobhan ingean ui Ghadhra

This is a Christmas Pyramid subtletie created for a Shire Yule feast with a German theme. My goal was to demonstrate a variety of sugar techniques to create a period-plausible edible centerpiece suitable for a celebration, including garnishes for individual servings, as well as treats for the children. This was a very complex project, involving multiple sugar work techniques and artistic effects for a large display. It was especially challenging because I only had three weeks to organize, design, and execute the physical project, which would normally require at least two months to complete.

I was inspired to make this subtletie because I owned a large wooden Christmas pyramid (Lichtegerstelle) when I was younger. Although Christmas pyramids are considered “traditional” decorations, not much is known about their earliest origins. My research goal was twofold: 1. Learn the history of various period sugar sculpture techniques; and 2. Uncover the stated-but-undocumented connection of Christmas pyramids to the sixteenth century. Information has been scant, though I am still pursuing additional sources (both SCA and mundane) in Germany and Austria.

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14 thoughts on “Sugar Subtletie for Yule Feast Featuring a Weihnachtspyramide (German Christmas Pyramid) – Siobhan ingean ui Ghadhra

  1. I love it when someone spends time researching a bit of obscure material culture, especially food-related! It expands all of our knowledge. Thank you for sharing!

  2. Thanks for sharing your journey with this little bit of modern tradition and its historical roots.

  3. Really lovely! My naughty inner child as imagining running off with a piece for a treat. Thank you for sharing it.

  4. Beautiful & impressive sugar work! It’s almost too lovely to eat, but I’m sure it was delicious. I also appreciated the well organized & thorough documentation — thank you for sharing!

  5. What a wonderful tradition to celebrate the holiday! It’s beautiful and I bet scrumptious!
    Thank you for sharing!

  6. I’m so glad that you decided to enter this in the display. It’s such an interesting piece! Really good job on diving into the documention, too.

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