I would like to make a holiday cake with snowflakes on it. I have been searching and I know how to make the royal icing. Now here are my questions:
*Am I able to trace a snowflake from a picture?
*How do I move them from the picture if this is possible?
*Will I have to wait to put the snowflakes on the cake at the party because the cake will be iced in BC?
Thanks for the answers to these questons!!
Use wax or parchment paper taped over the picture to pipe your snowflakes. Once they are dry carefully peel back the paper from the snowflake. You can place the items the cake before the party, I have never had a problem placing royal items on a BC cake before. HTH
Take your pic of snowflakes and put it on a flat surface, like a cake circle, tape the pic down, then cover with a piece a waxpaper and tape that down. Trace using the RI. Let dry completely, then carefully remove wax paper from board, and then very carefully remove snowflakes from wax paper. I tried these last year and I had a lot break. I'm going to attempt this year but I think I'm going to make them thicker and go over them a few times. They were way too fragile!
Place a sheet of wax paper over the drawing of the snowflakes, and then pipe your design. Once they are dry, slide the wax paper to the edge of the table or counter, pulling it down towards the floor. Support the snowflake with your other hand as it will peel away from the paper. You can flip it over and re-pipe with more royal for a sturdier snowflake. As far as placing them on the buttercream cake, you'd be surprised at how long it will take for the buttercream to break down the royal icing. I stuck some RI pieces into a bowl of buttercream, and they were still fine two weeks later. I had candy canes dissovle in cupcakes after about two days. If you just don't want to chance it, wait until the last moment. If you have the time to experiment, set a snowflake in some buttercream and let it sit, checking to see how long it takes to break down.
I tried these last month for a cake for this weekend and they all broke on me so I decided the kids would like decorations they could eat better and since RI would be hard as a rock I made chocolates instead. I bought the Wilton Snowflake candy mold and used blue and white candy melts to make them and they turned out great! All 108 of them
I used royal icing to glue my royal icing snowflakes on to a buttercream cake. I had no problem with them breaking down from the bc. I also used royal and glued some on white candy sticks to have them stand up off the cake. I do not know how to upload my pictures here so you will have to go to my photos to see what I am talking about.[/img]
Can I get the molds at Michaels or Joanns? I have a cake supply store close to me but i was just wondering...Thanks everyone for tips~Melissa
I just made one last week. Instead of piping snowflakes with royal icing, I cut them out with a snowflake cutter using gumpaste. I added a few details with royal icing and painted them with luster dust.
JM you can get the candy mold at any store that sells wilton products. I got the very last one that was in stock in my store so I lucked out.
I just bought the snowflake molds as well from my local cake supply store. However, you could use the candy melts just like you would the Royal icing and that would be more sturdy. Just use the candy melts as you would Royal icing and trace over your pattern onto the waxed paper. Let them set and take them off the wax paper. I just seem to have better luck with the candy melts than the royal when tracing a delicate pattern such as a snowflake.
Make sure to post your picture so we can all see your masterpiece