3 September 2011

Royal icing decorations

I was invited to a baby shower yesterday and as my contribution to the refreshments i decided to make mini cupcakes with royal icing decorations on, as I wanted to try my hand at making some.

First, I found some baby type pictures on Google Images and printed them out at the size I wanted them. I also gathered together a couple of disposable icing bags, my finest tips, a coupler in case I wanted to change tips, and some parchment paper.

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For the icing I used royal icing sugar, some water, colouring gel, and a bowl to mix it in. (You can also see flavouring in the picture but I forgot to add a little as I was so busy making sure the consistency of the icing was right.)

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Mix the icing sugar with a little water, adding a tiny bit at a time until the consistency is correct. You'll know it's right when you drag a spoon through the middle of the icing and the groove takes exactly ten seconds to smooth out again.

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Then get your icing bag ready with a coupler and tip, or just the tip if you know you won't be switching tips.

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Once you've filled your bag you'll place your parchment over the printed images and trace them with icing. Then flood the image, using the tip to drag the icing into any gaps. Wipe the tip before moving on to the next decoration.

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Move the parchment and repeat until you have as many as you think you'll need. Always make extra to allow for breakages.

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I added some detail with yellow icing.

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And here is the finished product, which was very well received by the baby shower guests :)

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23 comments:

  1. neat.. nebver thought how it was made..

    enjoy party.

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  2. Really super darling!! You are a wonder!!

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  3. Oh, my. You are truly talented Jen. Seriously, I am amazed. Those are the cutest little baby cupcakes I have ever seen!

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  4. Lovely :) Thanks for sharing. Ana (Portugal)

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  5. wow!! great tip about printing 1x and moving over and over.

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  6. Your just too good! X I love them x

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  7. You make it look easy! Just beautiful.

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  8. What a cute idea!

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  9. Hi, That's amazing! How do you remove them from the paper?

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  10. Thank you!
    shaysh, they just peel right off. I used non-stick baking paper.

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  11. ..this looks really amazing...I'm just interested in how long do they need to dry? Thank you..

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    1. Thanks. I left them overnight.

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  12. Such a great idea!! Just a question--do they get soft after sitting on the buttercream frosting? Just wondering how far in advance I can put them on, or if I should maybe cut out circles of fondant to put between the buttercream swirl and the decorations... Thanks!!

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    1. I don't think they soften on the buttercream - at least I haven't found them to. They are the same as the little decorations you can buy, which are made of royal icing sugar. Once they are hard and dry you should be okay with them for a couple of days. I wouldn't bake and decorate more than 3 days max before serving and eating.

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  13. Thanks so much for your answer! I managed to get my hands on meringue powder, so I'm going to give these a shot right now!

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    1. Awesome, have fun! I'd love to see how they turn out.

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    2. Here's a link to a photo on flickr, if you'd like to have a look! Thanks so much for the inspiration! I've put photos of them on my FB account, but is it okay to link to your blog here, so people can see where I got the idea?

      Enjoy your weekend!

      http://farm9.staticflickr.com/8371/8458758254_55dbd7d83b_k.jpg

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    3. They are adorable?
      And that would be great, thank you for the link.

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    4. Thanks! I've been "commissioned" to make a wedding cake in a month, so I will definitely use this technique again! :)

      Have a terrific week!

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    5. Ooh, good luck with the wedding cake!

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  14. Thanks! I'll post a link to a photo when it's finished (in a few weeks)! :) Have a wonderful weekend!!

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  15. Hi again! Here's a photo of the wedding cake (minus the topper) with the lovely royal icing hearts on top. Thanks again for the great inspiration! :D Have a great weekend!

    http://www.flickr.com/photos/16527209@N03/8560895592/in/photostream

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