Royal icing transfers are a great way to use up extra icing, and can be stored indefinitely for future use. I like having these mini ruffled ribbon roses on hand because they can be quickly added to a cookie, speeding up the decorating process. And they're pretty, too!
I used a PME 56R for these tiny blossoms. They can be made with a bigger tip, but keep in mind that a bigger tip makes them not only wider but taller, too.
Here's what you'll need for these pretties:
*STIFF royal icing. The icing should hold peaks without falling. When in doubt, mix in more powered sugar.
*small petal tip: PME 56R for right handed or PME 56L for lefties, Wilton 101s, Wilton 101, Wilton 102. Basically, the smallest petal tip you can get.
I LOVE my PME 56R!
*decorating bag, coupler set
*flower nail and parchment squares
It might be easier to WATCH this process before I break it down step-by-step. Take a look!
1. Attach a small square of parchment paper to your flower nail with a bit of royal icing. Start in the center, with the wider part of the tip touching the nail. To make the icing cone, spin the nail with the fingers on one hand, and apply even pressure on the decorating bag with the other hand. If you haven't made any kind of icing flower before, this whole "spin with one hand, pipe with the other" might be tricky. Think of rubbing your head and patting your belly. It's awkward at first, but practice will help!
2. Touch the wider end of the tip to the nail again. This time you'll spin the nail again and apply even pressure on the decorating bag with the other- but you'll move the bag up and down making a ruffled edge.
3. Using the same up and down motion, create a final row of ruffles.
4. Slide the parchment square off of the flower nail and set aside to dry for several hours. Once dried, store the flowers in an air-tight container until you're ready to use them.
After you master the general process of making these ruffled roses, you can experiment with the angle of the tip to the nail, which changes how tight the ruffles are to the center of the flower.
Another option is to make the flowers two-toned, by placing two colors of icing in the bag. Kinda pretty, aren't they?
Or add a little touch of extra color by brushing petal dusts at the base of the rows of petals.
I hope you'll grow to love these ruffled ribbon roses as much as I do!
Daffodils are my absolute favorite flower, hands down. They are commonly found in my favorite color (YELLOW!) and they are the sure sign that spring is well on its way.
What better way to celebrate these spring beauties than with icing?!
I have created a little video on how to make these pretty daffodils with royal icing. Remember that I'm not a videographer by any stretch of the imagination,
so don't laugh too hard at my film :)
But you'll get the idea on how to make these blooms to celebrate spring!
Although I mention them in the video, here's a list of materials for reference:
* Thick yellow icing in a piping bag
* Wilton petal tips 103 and 101
* flower nail
* parchment paper squares
* scribe tool or boo boo stick or toothpick
I love re-purposing cutters, especially using a single cutter for making multiple designs for one occasion. A skull cutter has so many possibilities! I have a small collection of skull cutters, and I am always on the lookout for a new skull style.
Many skull cutters have the built-in cheekbones, but not all. In fact, the cutter on the upper right is one of my favorite cutters to make ladybugs!
I used this skull cutter to make a collection of Halloween characters- ironically, a skull was not one of them!
I decided to create a Frankenstein, pumpkin, mummy, and Dracula.
Check out the video on how to create Dracula!
Inspired by a bikini cookie made by Sweet Sugarbelle, I used a corset cutter to make this cute hula girl cookie! I used a ruffled edge corset cutter, like this one.
Check out my video on how I made it! This video was my very first iMovie. I won't win any Oscars, but I learned a lot in the process!
Today I had posted these blossoms on Jill FCS' wall as my contribution to her share theme of "understated artistry". She was looking for cookies where the number of colors and techniques were limited but the cookier still pulled off a beautiful cookie.
I was overwhelmed with wonderful comments and likes for these simple blossoms. Then there was talk of a tutorial within those comments. So I had to make a choice: laundry or make a video tutorial. I can hear the Cookie Widower now fussing at the offspring about turning their socks right side out. Love that man!
So here is my completely non-professional video of how to make my little blossom. Try to ignore the hum of my commercial refrigerator in the background. Boy that thing is loud!
Looking back at my purple ones, it looks like I did slightly smaller petals in between the bigger ones, since I had used a flower shaped cookie. The idea is still the same as what I had demonstrated in the video.
It was fun doing that little video! Kind of reminiscent of my old teaching days. So what do you think- would you like to see more videos?
I'm Amy. Wife, Mom, former science teacher- and now full time cookie baker on Maryland's Eastern Shore. Pull up a chair and we create! I'll bring the coffee- maybe Mike (The Cookie Widower) will make it for us.