Saturday, June 2, 2012

Royal Icing Toadstools

Here's a cute little project for all of your forest-themed cakes, fairy-inspired treats, Alice In Wonderland-esque tea parties, etc. All you need to pipe royal icing toadstools are a pile of parchment paper squares, stiff consistency royal icing (the thickness of toothpaste) in whatever colors you like, two round #12 tips (or be prepared to do a lot of switching back and forth), a round #3 tip, and a dusting pouch filled with a 50/50 mix of powdered sugar and cornstarch.  
 Start by piping the stems; you'll need a parchment square for each stem and each toadstool cap. Hold the tip just above the surface, squeeze steadily, and pull upwards.
 Stop pressure and pull the tip away.
 Touch a finger to the dusting pouch, and tap the stem into place. Flatten the top a little.
 Pipe the caps in a similar way, but keep the tip submerged as the cap forms to about the size of a nickel. The shape will be similar to a flattened Hershey's Kiss.
 Pull the tip out of the icing at a right angle…
 …then tap the cap smooth with a fingertip after touching it to the dusting pouch.
 Allow all the pieces to dry for about 20 minutes to half an hour. This gas stove is always warm even when it's off so they dried really quickly.
I used a #3 tip to pipe a few dots on each cap. 
I'm sure I took some artistic license with my color choices. 
 When the pieces are dry, squeeze a large dot of icing on the tip of the stem…
 …and attach the cap. Now wait for real fairies to show up and take a seat.

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