By Erin Freeman  |  Lynnwood Times Staff

Lynnwood, Wash., March 25, 2021 – The lost art of the sugar Easter egg with a spring scene in the hollowed out inside has many names: panoramic, scenic, and peek-a-boo. While its origin is unknown, its popularity dates back to the 19th and 20th centuries, with the remembrance of the artistry now reliant on the few individuals who still craft them.

Panoramic Easter Eggs Lynnwood

Panoramic eggs have been part of Lynnwood resident Darla Aiken’s Easter celebrations for the past 45 years.  As a child, she used to frequent a Flea-Mart in Portland, Oregon, where she was first introduced to the eggs while browsing through various vendor stands. Now, with baking and cake decorating experience under her belt, she’s utilized her love of the panorama eggs, making thousands of them for her community for the last 30 years.

Panoramic Easter Eggs Lynnwood

Since the sugar Easter eggs are made from a sugar-water mixture, they can be enjoyed as an edible treat, yet Aiken says most customers hold onto them for decades, becoming a treasured part of families’ Easter traditions.

“As a cake decorator I enjoy bringing a smile to somebody else’s face,” Aiken told the Lynnwood Times. “Flowers and small Chickadees and rabbits and candies always puts a smile on someone’s face.”

While the details in the eggs seem to be the most intricate part of the process, decorating is only a small part of creating the eggs, Aiken says. First, she melts and colors the sugar, molding them into eggs, allowing it to dry overnight. Then, she gets to decorating.

Panoramic Easter Eggs Lynnwood

The shells of the eggs are dyed a solid pastel hue, where accent icing in another color is piped around the diameter, topped with decorative flowers, chickens, or eggs. Inside of a window cutout at the front of the egg, a nature world is crafted, with scenes of meadows, lakes, bunnies, and chicks.

Known as the TheEGGladyByDarla on Etsy, an e-commerce website concentrated on handmade items, Aiken’s sells the decorated eggs in three sizes — 2½ (small), 5 (medium) and 8 inches (large). In addition to her Etsy site, the eggs also are sold on her Facebook page- The EGG Lady.

Panoramic Easter Eggs Lynnwood

Erin Freeman

I graduated from Washington State University in 2019 with a Bachelor of Arts in English with a specialization in rhetoric and professional writing. I also received a minor in political science. I joined the Lynnwood Times in February of 2020. To me, community newspapers affirm a sense of community by connecting people through the coverage of local stories and current events.

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