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Friday, December 7, 2012

Royal Icing Stack of Pancakes

A tiny stack of pancakes is one of those projects you'll probably never need to pipe, but it sure is cute, easy, and sort of looks like what it's supposed to be. All you'll need is stiff consistency royal icing in brown and yellow, a round #12 tip, a flat #44 tip, a flower nail, parchment paper squares, a glue stick, a Styrofoam block to rest the nail in, and a dusting pouch filled with a 50/50 mix of cornstarch and powdered sugar. Start by sticking a parchment square to the flower nail with a dab from the glue stick. 
 Hold the tip at a right angle to and just above the surface. Pipe a swirl about the size of a quarter…
 …and tap it flat with a fingertip after touching it to the dusting pouch.
 Allow it to firm up for a few minutes, and repeat. It looks better if the "pancakes" vary slightly in size.
 Pipe another…
 …and another.
 Finish off with a "pat of butter" (a short shot of yellow icing piped with the flat #44 tip). These would be cute as a garnish on any maple flavored dessert (or somehow featured in a gingerbread house).

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