Tuesday, October 2, 2012

Royal Icing Sagebrush

The official state flower of Nevada is the sagebrush, which can grow to an astonishing 12 feet in height. The closest I can come realistically with royal icing is a handful of sprigs, which would make a cute garnish on any desert-themed dessert. All you'll need are stiff-consistency royal icing in yellow and green, round tip #4, a flower nail, a Styrofoam block, a glue stick, parchment paper squares, and a dusting pouch filled with a 50/50 mix of powdered sugar and cornstarch. Start by sticking a parchment square to the flower nail with a dab from the glue stick. 
 Pipe a cluster of stems, half an inch long or so.
 Pipe another layer of stems on top of these first few. There should be plenty of room to pipe at least another couple of sprigs on the same parchment square.
 Pipe a little dab of yellow icing at the end of each stem. You may need to touch your fingertip to the dusting pouch and tap the yellow peaks down a bit. Another project that uses these same colors is the royal icing rattlesnake; a good companion animal for the sagebrush!

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