Sorry if there is a tutorial or instructions of some kind that I am missing. I have looked and searched but cant find any. I am wanting t make a royal icing plaque but have some questions regarding making one. When I make it what do I make it on that it will come off? I tried to make coral on baking paper and it just stuck like glue there was no getting it off without breaking it all. Which was devestating. Do I just use normal royal icing eggwhites and powdered sugar? Or is there some secret I don't know? Any and all help would be greatly appreciated. TIA.
I've never done a RI plaque, usually do gumpaste.
Did you take the Wilton classes? I think it would be just like the birds we did in Wilton II. I'm not at home (yes, I should be working!) or I'd look it up in the class book for you. This will give you a bump and maybe someone can help more than me.
I have made a couple of things, I just used the wilton royal icing recipe printed my design on computer paper, taped it down, covered that with waxed paper, taped that down, then piped my design over that. I have figured out you have to let it dry really well before you try to take it off at least a couple of days. Hope that helps!
I like to use acetate sheets for RI (e.g. http://www.countrykitchensa.com/catalog/SearchResults.aspx ) - if I don't have any in the house I prefer to use parchment paper. I do apply a thin coating of shortening and wipe with a paper towel (yes - I know, many people say RI should never touch grease - but it is a tip I learned here on CC and it works well to easily remove the plaque).
For plaques the recipe I like to use is 8 - 10 oz of sifted powdered sugar with one room tempature egg white. Mix with a paddle attachment on a low speed for 10 minutes. I may add a pinch of Gum Arabic for strength. This recipe is from a class I took with Geraldine Randelsome and I like the way it performs. You can add water to thin down if you want to flow the icing in the plaque.
Piping your plaque on wax paper works wonders, I have never been that great with egg whites so I prefer to use the meringue powder instead and all the water a little at a time. I have found that for better color, brighter colors I will make the plaque in white and hand painted it with icing colors diluted with any clear spirit like vodka, rum, gin, etc. I have also added sparkle dust to the colors to give it a shimmery effect. One thing to beware of is try not to saturate the piece too much with the clear sprit/color mixture and make sure it's completely dry before starting to paint. The transformer plaques on my son's cakes were done this way. Good luck!!