This is my first attempt at piping an animal with a little more height. It's not quite a giraffe, but the turtle is definitely jacked up a bit because it's made from two parts stacked on top of each other. All you’ll need to pipe turtles are parchment paper squares, a dusting pouch filled with a 50/50 blend of cornstarch and powdered sugar, a piping bag filled with stiff consistency royal icing and fitted with a round #12 tip, a round #3 tip, a #5 tip, and a black Gourmet Writer by AmeriColor. Start by piping a ball with the #12 tip. Hold the tip just above a parchment paper square, squeeze firmly, and when the icing resembles a nickel-sized gumball, pull the tip away.
If a peak remains, tap a fingertip against the dusting pouch, and tap it down.
Now you’ll want to make the shape more oval than round, and with a higher ridge in the middle.