Royal Icing Snowflake Help!

Decorating By jolie1977 Updated 30 Dec 2009 , 8:15pm by _Jamie_

jolie1977 Posted 29 Dec 2009 , 11:38pm
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I am at a loss... I've now made and destroyed 5 snowflakes... I have my "template" under a wax paper on a flat surface and have "traced" my snowflakes with royal icing with success... after leaving them to dry under a fan for a couple hours, I try to gently pry them off the wax paper with a tapered spatula but they break every single time... I've used a Tip #3 for my snowflakes and think that anything larger than that would be to thick... can anyone provide me with any suggestion or maybe guide me in the right direction? I might have the wrong approach to begin with!

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alene Posted 29 Dec 2009 , 11:57pm
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My only suggestion is to let them dry longer. I would let them dry at least 24 hours if you have time. I also in an emergency turned the oven on very low , let it cool a little and then put my royal icing transfers in there. Make sure your oven isn't too warm. Needs to be just warm enough to dry your royal icing. Anyway, it has worked for me. good luck

sewsweet2 Posted 29 Dec 2009 , 11:57pm
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RI is strongest if made from egg whites ( yeah, I know that people are scared of salmonilla, but egg whites makes it the strongest.)


RI snowflakes will be the strongest if dried in a dehydrator. Don't know why but they seem stronger. My RI points and snowflakes come off waxed paper with not much problem. You can switch and try parchment paper, they almost fall off when I use parchment.

How big are the snowflakes that you making? You will have a lot more breakage the larger the snowflakes are. HTH

LoriMc Posted 29 Dec 2009 , 11:57pm
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They definitely need to dry for longer than 3 hours. Leave them alone for at least 12-18 hours.

jolie1977 Posted 30 Dec 2009 , 12:59am
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Alright, I'm giving it a second try. Don't have a dehydrator and only about 11 hours left before these snowflakes have to be on the cake... I'm thinking of either making the snowflakes directly on the cake (scary thought) or just taking a chance and waiting till morning to see if they will work. Crossing fingers... otherwise, I do have little snowflakes cutouts made of gumpaste that I can use as backup... but these RI ones are so pretty! Thank you all for your input... I'm going to try putting them on parchment paper this time too to see if that might help them come off the paper a bit more easily! Here we go!

suzie1962 Posted 30 Dec 2009 , 1:16am
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When I made RI snowflakes for a cake, I did them on waxed paper and went over them twice. Then to remove them, I moved the paper to the edge of the table or counter, then pulled down on the paper, so the snowflake moves to the edge. Put your hand under the snowflake as it comes off of the paper. Does that make sense? I hope so. That way you are not picking up the snowflake, but pulling the paper away. Good Luck!

PinkLisa Posted 30 Dec 2009 , 1:20am
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Great advice from everyone. I have RI snowflakes drying on my table right now. I think your problem is that you are not giving them enough time to dry. Even with more time, some will break so make extras.

LoriMc Posted 30 Dec 2009 , 1:30am
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Originally Posted by suzie1962

When I made RI snowflakes for a cake, I did them on waxed paper and went over them twice. Then to remove them, I moved the paper to the edge of the table or counter, then pulled down on the paper, so the snowflake moves to the edge. Put your hand under the snowflake as it comes off of the paper. Does that make sense? I hope so. That way you are not picking up the snowflake, but pulling the paper away. Good Luck!





I was just going to type the same advice. Go over them twice or three times like you would with a RI tiara. Also, I always slide paper under my RITs to lift them free of the wax paper.

jolie1977 Posted 30 Dec 2009 , 8:06pm
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GREAT NEWS EVERYONE! I made my snowflakes on parchment paper instead of wax paper and they literally slid off the paper with a gentle (and I mean "gentle"!) nudge!!! This is after drying for 3 hours under a fan. I couldn't resist trying to see if they would break on me after only drying for 3 hours and I was delightfully suprised!!!! I had made 6 of them and not one of them broke on me. Not a single one!!!! Parchment Paper is my recommendation for anyone making RI snowflakes!!! I tried both and the difference was unbelieveable! Thanks you sewsweet2 for mentionning parchment paper! ;o)

_Jamie_ Posted 30 Dec 2009 , 8:15pm
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Originally Posted by jolie1977

I made my snowflakes on parchment paper instead of wax paper and they literally slid off the paper with a gentle (and I mean "gentle"!) nudge!!!




Oh whew! I was about to say in big bold letters....PARCHMENT PAPER....they practically float on it when they dry. icon_biggrin.gif

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