When Toni Elling began crystallizing flowers out of her home in upstate New York five years ago, she worried that someone might start mass-producing these enchanting, edible creations. She needn’t have. Though the process is simple—coat the flower with egg white, sprinkle it with superfine sugar, and let it dry—it’s painstaking work that takes the mindset of a true artisan. The delicacy of the work requires that each flower be done by hand, one at a time. In fact, after trying their hand at crystallizing flowers themselves, many of her customers gladly pay $2.50 per flower. “People who do it for themselves become aware of the effort involved,” explains Toni, whose company, Meadowsweets, also sells a flower crystallizing kit, containing pasteurized powdered egg whites, superfine sugar, tweezers, a brush, and a finished flower for inspiration. With a mischievous smile, she adds, “Many of our kit customers then call to place an order for flowers already crystallized.” And their cakes look more beautiful for it.