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How To Make A Royal Icing Tiara

In making this tutorial to teach you all how to put together tiaras I learned a few things in the process as well.
#1. When making a tiara with a lot of dots such as this one, ALWAYS start off with using JUST lines for at least the first layer for structure, using just dots as I did will ensure that it will break when unmolding it as you can see in the picture. Next time I will just use the small dots on the last layer of RI or chocolate.#2. If your tiara has many open spaces as this one does, make sure that your Royal Icing (RI) or chocolate is strong and do as few layers as you can try to limit it to three. When the layering is so visible it is not as pretty. Tip: These Royal Icing Tiara's look great on top of a Pillow Cake. It will make your princess cake or queen cake just perfect!

Items Needed:
  • Stiff Consistency Royal Icing (Or Chocolate)
  • Wax or Parchment Paper
  • Tape
  • Luster Dust, Pearl Dust or Sparkle Dust
  • Empty coffee can, shortening can or round container
  • water
  • paint brush
  • A template to trace of a tiara
  • towel

Step 1 How To Make A Royal Icing Tiara
Get together all ingredients... stiff royal icing, tips #2 and #3. A small cup of water and paintbrush, wax paper, a lipless container (to ensure ease of removal once the beautiful tiara is finished), your pattern, a towel to rest your container on if it is easier to pipe with it laying down to start (it is for me) and tape.

Step 2 How To Make A Royal Icing Tiara
Wrap your pattern around the appropriate sized container, I personally like tupperware containers because of the varying sizes and smooth bases. Tape the pattern in place, this ensures it doesn't slip later.

Step 3 How To Make A Royal Icing Tiara
Tape the wax paper over the pattern, I like to fold my wax paper in half, it gives it a bit more stability and I know it will not crumple on me when I set the container upright.Tape the wax paper onto the container so it wont slip.

Step 4 How To Make A Royal Icing Tiara
Start to pipe over your pattern making sure you have as many lines, etc..touching eachother to make it more sturdy. I usually start mine with it laying on a towel till I can not turn it anymore, I am usually shakiest in the beginning till I get the groove going. Then I prop it up on my turntable and what ever other thing I can use to make it the comfortable height for me to pipe

If you find you are making peaks with your icing you can gently tamp them down with a damp paintbrush or with just a little bit of cornstarch on your finger

Step 5 How To Make A Royal Icing Tiara
once you have piped over your pattern allow it to dry at least 2 hours.

Step 6 How To Make A Royal Icing Tiara
Pipe over the tiara again, allow to dry and repeat. You want at least 3 layers to give it some strenghth for when you take it off of its container. I usually allow my completed tiaras to dry at least a full 24-36 hours. If I have more time I give it more. Better safe than sorry right?

Step 7 How To Make A Royal Icing Tiara
When completely dry, carefully remove the tape from the container and the wax paper. Slide tiara carefully off. Peel back the wax paper, and ta dah!!! you have a tiara. At this point if you want you may paint it with luster dusts, pearl dusts, sparkle dusts.


If your tiara should break the first time you try this technique (and chances are it will!) Not to worry!! Repairing your tiara only takes a few minutes.

Set the broken peices back into place, and trace more royal icing in the broken cracks. Then wait for it to dry.Depending on the breakage, sometimes its faster to simply start over.

Comments (44)

wow I want to try this it is so beautiful
awesome i cant wait to try
wow how sweet for all our little princesses
cool I can't wait to try this.thanks
Thanks for sharing.
I can't wait to try this. This is so pretty.
Absolutely awesome! I need one of these for an upcoming cake order so I really appreciated this tutorial!
i tried this and as soon as i started to peel off the wax paper, it started cracking and breaking, it was stuck to the wax paper. Any tips?
this looks unreal.. I'm soo keen to try it now.. Thankyou so much for the tutorial!
thank you so much, i tried this for a princess cake for a friend's daughter and it turned out perfect!
Help!! Im using the wilton royal icing and my tiara just wont set up and dry. What am i doing wrong.
I'm very impressed!!! I'll try one in january, for my daughter's birthday. Maybe I'd better practice during the holidays... Many thanks for the princess-inspiration!!!
My first one dried beautifully, but as soon as I touched it to slide it off the container, it broke into a zillion pieces. *sigh* Off to try again. I only did one layer...definately trying 2 or 3 this time.
I am dying here, i have been trying this for ever and for some reason I can not get the royal icing receipe down, when I trace the lines it all blends together. please help....what am I doing wrong
Do you have a link to this template?
beatiful work and thank for sharing ;)can't wait to try myself
Schilvers-- you need to add more powder sugar to royal icing mix. Make sure that you shift the royal icing to eliminate clumbs in your icing. Depending on where you live, the humidity could be killing your icing. When I lived by the coast, I had to always modify receipes to handle the humidity.
Opps, I meant to say make sure you shift your powder sugar!!!
Hi, I love the tutorial. How did u get the red so red. You can not use any vodka I am sure. It is just powders? I can never find a good red. They always look pink and sheer. Any tips on painting? Thanks. Oh is there a template? Thanks so much.
Hi, This is really amazing ! I love it ! Can you please send me the template as well ? Thank you very much
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