Lily Nail Flowers Help!

Decorating By craftygillespie Updated 2 Apr 2005 , 2:40pm by flayvurdfun

craftygillespie Posted 22 Mar 2005 , 3:26pm
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I bought a set of lily nails and tried making flowers with the wilton royal icing recipe. They turned out horrible! The icing drooped and would not end nicely when I stopped pressure. I threw the whole batch out. Any tips from you pros out there???
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thecakemaker Posted 22 Mar 2005 , 4:00pm
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Sounds like it might have been too thin. It needs to be pretty thick to keep it's shape.


Mchelle Posted 22 Mar 2005 , 4:25pm
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Did you beat it long enough? Try beating it longer see if that helps.

thecakemaker Posted 22 Mar 2005 , 4:30pm
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Mchelle is right there too! It does take a while to beat it up to the right consistency. Try using less water too. You can always add more if you need to.


craftygillespie Posted 22 Mar 2005 , 7:40pm
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I'd made the icing, reserving about 2 Tbsp of water as the recipe called for to make it thick. I beated (is that the right word?) for 8min. Keep the tips coming ! icon_smile.gif Thanks - I appreciate it!

nashsmom Posted 22 Mar 2005 , 11:43pm
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The recipe from my Wilton book is 3 tablespoons meringue powder, 4 cups confectioners sugar and 5-6 tablespoons of lukewarm water. Mix 7-10 minutes on low speed for a countertop mixer, 10-12 minutes on high speed for a portable mixer, keeping it covered with a damp cloth. The foil is also inserted only partway for some flowers. Does this help?

tcturtleshell Posted 23 Mar 2005 , 6:22am
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When mine isn't thick enough I put more powder sugar in it. When I start to use it & it isn't thick enough I put 1 t. of cornstarch in it. Sir is up really good then try it. If it's still too thin I add a little more cornstarch. It works & makes beautiful flowers!
Also, when you add water make sure you run your finger all around the measuring spoon before you add the water to your bowl. Water tends to bead up & running your finger around it gets rid of all the beaded up water on the spoon. This should help! It works for me!

AngelWendy Posted 29 Mar 2005 , 7:52am
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I wish our teacher (Wilton class) had suggested using cornstarch to thicken the frosting we had in class when several of us had frosting that was slightly too thin. We had cornstarch there in class for the daffodil flowers. Anyhow, thanks for the tip, TCTurtleShell, I will use that in future if I run into that problem!


flayvurdfun Posted 29 Mar 2005 , 2:26pm
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daffodils are my favorite flowers icon_rolleyes.gif .. I stop and smell them everytime I see one and I'm walking. icon_razz.gif Would love to learn to do one. What tip do you use and is there a tutorial on them? and a better question is are the harder then a rose? if they are I am in big trouble! icon_twisted.gif
I found an area on Wilton that shows how to do them, but was wanting an actual tutorial.

m0use Posted 29 Mar 2005 , 2:36pm
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Here's the wilton way for making daffodils:

Cakeasyoulikeit Posted 29 Mar 2005 , 2:40pm
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Daffodils are a piece of cake, flayvurdfun. I got it on the 2nd or 3rd try. icon_smile.gif

One other comment on the royal icing. I have a kitchenaid stand mixer and have found that I have to beat mine on medium-high speed (not low) for about 7 minutes.

Happy Baking!

flayvurdfun Posted 29 Mar 2005 , 2:58pm
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Yeah...I am actually impressed with myself... I think... I just got out my frosting that I had left its not a real solid consistency so things drooped BUT even with that it looked like a daffodil...but the "circular motion" step I'm not sure about because how do you get the rings from looking so ringy? icon_confused.gif BUT I think I can say those look like flowers... they were green, but hey, it was for practice and I had green frosting! icon_lol.gif

tcturtleshell Posted 29 Mar 2005 , 3:54pm
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I'm glad to see your using left over icing to practice Flay~

The rings are supposed to look ringy. You just start out with a small ring then get bigger as you go. Just make sure that the icing is touching the last ring you did or it will fall off. I love making those royal icing flowers! There so easy & so much fun!

Now that you feel you've gotten the daffadils try the other flowers! Primrose is another very pretty flower & you can use all kinds of colors to do them.

Have fun!!

flayvurdfun Posted 1 Apr 2005 , 7:47am
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how do you do a primrose? INFO INFO !!!! Please!

tcturtleshell Posted 1 Apr 2005 , 7:50am
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Look on the Wilton site. The have it there too. It is probably the easiest flower to make. Well I think it is. Just look, you'll find it. If I have time I'll look too.

flayvurdfun Posted 1 Apr 2005 , 7:55am
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OK, I will favorite flowers are those that come out of a tip with not needing much skill from me....ha ha just kidding....I dont have a lily thingy, so I guess I will have to wait!

flayvurdfun Posted 1 Apr 2005 , 11:56am
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Oh by the way TC, I see how you've seen my cakes and you are glad I'm practicing to do better so it wouldnt hurt you so much to look at them....I see I see! icon_lol.gificon_lol.gificon_lol.gificon_lol.gificon_lol.gif
Hey I have to use the frosting some how.....I wont put it on a cake now if I want to eat the cake, but to practice yeah!

AngelWendy Posted 1 Apr 2005 , 7:36pm
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You don't use a lily nail for the primrose, just a regular flat top flower nail. I mean MAYBE you can make a primrose with a lily nail, but the way I learned was on the flat top flower nail. Here's the link on for how to make Primroses -

and here is the index page for all the flowers and how to do them as well as several animals and other things you can make with frosting -


flayvurdfun Posted 1 Apr 2005 , 8:02pm
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Thank you angelwendy....that helped alot...I saved the link to my favorites!

tcturtleshell Posted 2 Apr 2005 , 5:15am
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I have seen your pics Flay!!!!! DA!! icon_wink.gif I check out all the pics~ I will look again just to make you happy!! icon_smile.gificon_smile.gificon_lol.gif
Gonna look now!!
Oh, forgot you posted on another post that I like surprises.... YES I DO!!!!! I wish that pkg would hurry up & get here!!! I wanta know what's inside!!!!! I will have to send you something too... what would you want from Louisiana???

Talk to you later~ ~TC~

flayvurdfun Posted 2 Apr 2005 , 2:40pm
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