How to Learn Royal Icing Techniques

While the Internet provides lots of information on how to work with Royal Icing, there is little information on how to prepare your kitchen for practice sessions.

If you are confused, consider the following tips:

  • Study pictures and decide what types of designs you love best. Start with Pinterest (here’s my selection), or the Images search on Google or Bing. These will become your inspirations and design goals.
  • Cookies with Royal IcingIdentify the online classes (free or fee) you’d love to take. Search the Internet using the phrase “learn Royal Icing cookie decorating.” Pay attention to classes, as well as those on YouTube.  Stephanie Kappel,  Julia Usher and Sweetambs all produce excellent tutorials.

To set up your student environment:

  • Over time (before making the frosting), bake and refrigerate 3 to 4 batches of cut-out sugar cookies for use in your practice sessions. The best shapes for practice are square and circular.
  • Purchase:
    • Disposable applicator cones (plastic or parchment). If plastic, also buy bag ties to keep frosting from accidentally flowing out of a cone’s large end.
    • Either four of each size 1 and 2 applicator tips for use with disposable cones so you can pipe with multiple colors during the same session, or simply cut the tip of your cones off to accomplish the same thing, but with less sizing control. (Note that tip couplers are not needed.)
    • Several long picks called scribe tools.
    • A glass spray bottle, which can be sanitized, for use in incrementally adding water to your frosting mixture.
  • Assemble the cones prior to a session.
  • During each session, experiment with frosting consistencies and colors mixed in separate small bowls. Have several available.
  • Test frosting consistency by filling a cone with about 1.5 inches of frosting. If the consistency doesn’t work, squeeze it back into the mixing bowl, throw the cone away, and repeat as needed.
  • Refrigerate unused frosting in an air-tight container for future use.

Now that you are organized, practice, practice, practice!


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