Tuesday, May 17, 2011

Royal Icing Swirl Flowers

In my cake decorating class one of the first flowers I learned how to make were swirl flowers . They were easy to make and it didn't take long to get the hang of it. I used the royal icing recipe, found here, to make these so I could store them for later use.

Sorry but this post will be light on pictures as it's hard to take pictures while trying to make a flower. If my directions are unclear let me know and I will try to make a video. You will need to make one batch of royal icing and divide it among two bowls so you can color them. I used 60% of the icing for the flower color and 40% of the icing for the flower center. Make sure you use a gel based food color or else your icing might become to thin and your flowers won't come out right.

To make these flowers you will use decorating tips 2D and 3. To prep the bag using tip 3 follow these directions. I used wax paper to make my flowers on but you can also use aluminum foil.  The bag holding your flower color will need the 2D tip and the bag holding your flower center color will need the 3 tip. Let's get started!

Using your bag that has the 2D tip, hold the bag at 90 degrees from the surface or horizontal to your wax paper. Touch the tip to the surface and squeeze until you get your desired flower size. Then turn your hand clockwise, while squeezing, to give the flower a swirl. Stop squeezing once your hand reaches the 3 o'clock position. Lift up your hand. It is important that you stop squeezing before you lift up your hand or you will see a peak in the middle of your flower.

Using the bag with tip 3 you will place the tip slightly above the flower. Squeeze a small amount of icing in the middle to form the dot in the center of your flower. Stop squeezing once your dot is the desired size. Lift up your hand. It is important that you stop squeezing before you lift up your hand or you will see a peak in the middle. Let your flowers dry overnight.

To store your flowers just place them in an airtight container once they have dried. One batch of royal icing made half a canister of swirl flowers. Remember if your flowers don't come out perfect just keep practicing and you will get the hang of it in no time. You can use these flowers to decorate cakes, cupcakes, or cookies.

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