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how to make an apple swan or apple duck

Carving edible arrangements is very popular in Asia and it has started trending in America at weddings and dinner parties. This fruit carving of a swan or duck can be created for a table centerpiece or as at each place setting at the table.

This is so easy to do! Get an overview in this video:


Step 1: Cut your apple in half on a diagonal
Choose an apple in the color of your choice - without marks or blemishes

Choose an apple in the color of your choice – one without marks or blemishes

Cut apple in half on the diagonal so the stem is on one half and the bottom of the apple on the other half.

Cut apple in half on the diagonal so the stem is on one half and the bottom of the apple on the other half.

Save 2 apples seeds - you'll need them later.

Save 2 apples seeds – you’ll need them later.

Step 2: Cutting the apple wedges
Choose the apple half with the bottom of the apple; place on cutting board with a butter knife on each side.

Choose the apple half with the bottom of the apple; place on cutting board with a butter knife on each side.

Cut down on one side of the apple core (leaving the dimple on the bottom.) The butter knives are a guide as to how deep to cut.

Cut down on one side of the apple core (leaving the dimple on the bottom.) The butter knives are a guide as to how deep to cut.

Using the knives as a guide again, slice along the apple to the first cut to create a wedge.

Using the knives as a guide again, slice along the apple to the first cut to create a wedge. Repeat on the other side to make a second wedge, leaving a section with the dimple about 1/2″ wide.

Step 3: Ceate the wings
Take each wedge and use the knives as a guide to cut 3 wedges out of each section you just created.

Take each wedge and use the knives as a guide to cut 3 wedges about 1/4″ thick.

The last of the 3 wedges is very small so watch your fingers!

The last of the wedges is very small so watch your fingers!

Layer the wedges in a tear drop shape and place them on each side of the apple core for wings.

Layer the wedges in a tear drop shape and place them on each side of the apple core for wings.

Step 4: Making the head
Cut a groove in the apple core "body" to insert the swan neck.

Cut a groove in the apple core “body” to insert the swan neck.

Place the stem half of the apple between the knives and use them as a guide to cut a slice.

Place the stem half of the apple between the knives and use them as a guide to cut a slice.

Repeat the process until you have several slices.

Repeat the process until you have several slices.

Choose the apple slice that is heart shaped.

Choose the apple slice that is heart shaped.

Make strategic cuts as shown to shape the head and neck of the swan. Use the stem dimple for the curve of the head to the beak.

Make strategic cuts as shown to shape the head and neck of the swan. Use the stem dimple for the curve of the head to the beak.

When you're finished, the head & neck should look something like this.

When you’re finished, the head & neck should look something like this.

Step 5: The finishing touches
Place an apple seed where the eye should be and using the flat side of the knife press it into the apple. Repeat on other side.

Place an apple seed where the eye should be and using the flat side of the knife press it into the apple. Repeat on other side.

Slide neck into the groove you created in the body section. Spritz with lemon juice to keep from browning.

Slide neck into the groove you created in the body section. Spritz with lemon juice to keep from browning.

apple swan edible garnish

Now you can create a table centerpiece with one or more apple swans – or use them at each place setting for a wonderful edible decoration. If you give this a try, show us a photo of yours in the comments below. We wanna see!

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