We worked with royal icing this week! During last week’s class, our instructor demonstrated how to make it, and we prepared batches ahead of time for class.
What is amazing and very cool is that royal icing, if stored properly, will not go bad! So you can save batches of it in different colors for future projects. Not only that– you can make flowers and other designs ahead of time, allow them to dry, and then use them as needed on cake projects!
I brought my big camera this week! I decided I didn’t care if my classmates thought I was a crazy person– I wanted decent photos of my progress!
The first technique we covered was lace applique. We used templates with our practice boards to pipe out lacy designs. After letting the design dry, it can be removed from the substrate and attached to a cake. In “real life,” a parchment paper substrate is a better idea, and there are all kinds of cool applications for the applique (haha, see what I did there?!)– scrollwork, lettering, flowers, etc.
We started our flower work this week with rosebuds. They are trickier than they look!
It helped to add the little sepals and calyx. There were plenty of self-deprecating jokes flying around the room about our rosebud proficiency levels…
Half-roses came next. Our instructor admitted that she really disliked these flowers, which intimidated me at first. But after practicing them a bit, I decided that I really do like them quite a bit.
Last, but not least, roses in their full glory!
Apparently, it is my natural tendency to make my roses in the reverse direction from the canonical twirling direction taught in Wilton classes. It just feels more natural to me that way! I’ll keep working on it, though, since I do have to admit there is a logic behind Wilton’s method…
Have I mentioned that I LOVE making flowers?? I had so much fun on this evening. I was so focused on my work at class tonight that I didn’t even notice how huge of a mess I’d made… until I started taking photographs. When I looked around the room, I realized how much messier I was than anyone else in the class!
It’s all worth it for some beautiful royal icing flowers, though!