Tonight’s project is the official flower of Wisconsin: the wedge of cheese. Totally kidding; it’s the wood violet. All you’ll need to pipe these simple flowers are white or purple stiff consistency royal icing, petal tip #104, parchment paper squares, a flower nail, a glue stick, and a Styrofoam block to rest the nail in. You’ll also need pointed toothpicks or a tiny brush and dark purple paste food coloring to paint the “faces.” Start by sticking a parchment square to the flower nail with a dab from the glue stick.
Lastly, when the flower has dried, dip the pointy end of a toothpick into dark purple paste food coloring and paint a cluster of veins in the middle of the flower, concentrating on the center bottom petal (I used AmeriColor Soft Gel Paste in Royal Purple). Purple violets, by the way, have a white center, which you can achieve either by painting on some white royal icing or by using a striped bag.