Help. I made flowers (Royal Icing) using a lily nail for the first time this afternoon. I lined the cup with aluminum foil like instructed and let them air dry as you would with Royal Icing. My problem is that they are sticking to the paper and breaking when I try to take them off the paper.
It helps to dust the foil lightly with cornstarch or powdered sugar!
Is there anything that I can do for these or are they a bust? If I let them dry overnight, do you think that I can get them out without breaking?
I always let my lily nail flowers dry for one week. That way I know that I can remove the foil without them breaking.
Do you cover them, put them in the fridge or just leave them out in the open???
I'm glad someone asked that question......I just learned the lilly in class Thursday evening and I thought maybe I had messed up my royal icing or something because mine aren't realeasing from the foil either.....guess I'll try dusting it with the cornstarch next time and see how that works!
Royal icing flowers stay good for a very long time. My instructor said she keeps hers in a covered plastic storage box and just pulls out what she needs. I would make sure they are completely dry before trying to remove the foil, at least a day or two. That could be why they are breaking on you.
You can wait a couple days, but from experience, I've had them break. The least number of days I've waited was 5. However, maybe my house is just more humid. I also keep a bunch on hand. I bought a nice big plastic box with a bunch of pull out drawers. It was less than $15 and holds lily nail flowers, regular royal icing flowers, cut foil, pre-made fondant characters, etc. It's a really good investment. So, needless to say, I leave them out in the open. When they're dry I remove them from the foil and put them in the box (which isn't air tight).
I hope your flowers turn out all right!
I was told in my Wilton class to store in any container that is Not airtight. Also, I read somewhere on this site that the cheap aluminum foil that you get at dollar stores works best. I am going to try this next time. I have lots of flowers to make for my wedding cake coming up in August. I will also try dusting with cornstarch. I have learned more on this website than my Wilton classes![/b]
I 2nd that thought Beecharmer, I have learned so much more here than in my classes......this site is like a cake decorating school!
You can spray the foil lightly with vegetable cooking spray too to keep them from sticking. It won't affect the royal.
they now make non-stick aluminum foil, too. I've heard that works well.
It's always amazing to me how long it takes lily nail flowers to dry! But previous posters are right...it takes days. Especially the ones that have thicker petals or mulitple layers of icing. Seems that the deeper they are the longer it takes too. Lisa, to answer your question, there is probably nothing you can do to save the ones that broke. Occasionally you mihgt be able to work them into a cake in such a way that you only see the whole flower, but other than that, you'll probably have to pitch them.