I am making a Frozen themed cake and want to put royal icing snowflakes on it. My first batch of snowflakes were too brittle, even after drying for three days on waxed paper. I used a #4 tip to pipe. It is Northern Michigan and not real humid here. My question is: what will make the frosting stronger? Will real egg whites work better than egg white powder? (I used egg white powder) Also, I did read a tutorial where the person who posted said she beats only at a level 2 (medium low) to not incorporate too much air (kind of makes sense!). Has anyone tried this technique? I usually beat the royal icing on high for 5-10 min until stiff but am willing to try the lower speed to avoid the incorporation of air. Also, would adding a bit more egg white powder or additional egg whites help? (I used 5T powder to 1# sugar plus cream of tartar). Thoughts and help would be greatly appreciated!! I want to wow this little girl!
Definitely mix on low and I use that amount of meringue powder for 2lbs of powdered sugar. With piping that fine they will be extremely delicate. I made the below with white chocolate.
White chocolate! What a great idea! The picture of the cake I am making tha I found on Goofle images looks like the snowflakes are royal icing, but I may just give the white chocolate a try! May I ask what size tip you used?? Thank you!
Google images. (can't type, apparently!!)
perfect, pbl, because then they melt just like the real deal and pretty cupcakes too
Sorry, I probably used a paper cone because I find the metal tips make the chocolate cool too fast and I get clogs. I did the chocolate in the first place because the order got picked up the night before so I thought better to go with something moisture proof.
Thanks Kate, I got the snowflake pattern from CC.
Thank you for the assistance with my snowflakes. I did use Wilton's Bright White chocolate, which tasted amazing!! I wasn't able to do final assembly at the party location, pictured below, so it looks like a snowflake broke during transportation. Additionally, the final top curved snowflake looks like a part broke as well. This piece was was put on by the grandma and dad of the the birthday girl as I was at my daughter's college graduation. Had I been there I would have replaced it with one of the three backup toppers I sent!! LOL. All in all, considering I'm not a professional and I do cakes as a hobby for friends and family, I'd say it turned out pretty well! Again, thank you for the advice. I had fun learning new techniques on this project. JLG