These royal icing poppy flowers can be lovely accents for cookies, cupcakes, and full-sized cakes for Memorial Day celebrations. Since they are royal icing transfers, they can be made weeks/months in advance. Or you can speed up the drying time by using a fan on low speed or a food dehydrator.
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What you'll need:
* stiff red royal icing (Americolor tulip red is the perfect food coloring for this flower because of the orange undertones)
* Wilton decorating tip #150 (or other large petal decorating tip), icing bag, and coupler/ring
* flower nail
* parchment squares
* black royal icing, piping consistency
* black sanding sugar
* red petal dust and small paintbrush
Here are some close up pictures of the Wilton #150 tip (excuse the tarnish- it's an old tip). Notice how it is angled in the middle picture, with the left side slightly taller. Unlike other petal tips, the opening of this tip is the same width. A regular petal tip with a tapered opening would work for this poppy too, with just a slightly different final look.
1. Load the red icing into the decorating bag with the coupler, tip, and ring. Attach a parchment square to the flower nail with a small amount of icing. Pipe the four flower petals with the taller point of the decorator tip closest to the flower nail. Check out the video of the flower making process.
2. Carefully slide the parchment square off of the flower nail and set aside to dry.
3. After the flower has dried, use some red petal dust to dry brush (that means no liquid) the center of the flower. Simply load up the end of the brush with the dust and work it into the center of the flower and under the petals. It's subtle, and adds just a little depth. Don't have petal dusts? You could lightly airbrush the centers- or just leave them plain!
4. Peel the flower off the parchment paper square. Use the black icing to create a small icing ring in the center of the flower. Immediately sprinkle on the black sanding sugar.
5. Use the black icing to make a mound of icing in the center of the sanding sugar ring. You're done!
Lest we forget the true meaning of Memorial Day.
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'll create! I'll bring the coffee- maybe Mike (The Cookie Widower) will make it for us.