Thursday, December 20, 2012

Royal Icing Loopy Bow

Loopy fondant bows are easy to make, and loopy royal icing bows are even easier! All you'll need is stiff consistency royal icing in any color, oval tip #57, round tip #12, a cookie sheet lined with parchment paper, a flower nail, parchment paper squares, a glue stick, and a Styrofoam block to rest the nail on. Start by taping a sheet of parchment paper to the cookie sheet. 
 Pipe dozens of 1/2" "teardrops" with the tip #57. Allow them to firm up for an hour or two.
They're ready for action when they can be removed easily from the paper by sliding an offset spatula underneath them. 
Stick a parchment square to the flower nail with a dab from the glue stick.
 Switch to the #12 tip and pipe a spiral of icing about 1/2" wide and a little over 1/2" tall.
 Quickly, before the icing has  chance to dry, stick as many loops into the icing as you can. Angle them in all different directions. Work from the base up. I was able to fit 6 loops around the base and then tucked in another 8 above.
 Peel away the parchment square when the icing is dry, and use this loopy bow to instantly add more height and festivity to any cupcake, Rice Krispy Treat, brownie, etc!

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