I am thinking using tinted, thin royal icing to achieve the drips on the cake pictured below. Does anyone have any idea how thin/thick I should make the icing for it to still drip yet harden to the cake. Plus, how should I apply it?
i know you said royal icing, but if it helps i melt white chocolate with a table spoon of coconut oil. it hardens really well and tastes amazing.
I would go for the thickness a little thinner than school glue and apply with a pastry bag and small round tip.
I've made quite a few drip cakes and have done them all with ganache.
You can either use liquid candy coloring or use your regular liquid gel colorings + Flo-Coat to tint white ganache.
I let it sit until warm room temperature; the viscosity is similar to honey.
To create the drips I use tipless piping bags -it's easier to control where you put the ganache + no tips to wash. You just cut off a tiny bit of the end of the bag and you're ready to go.
There are tons of tutorials on line - Katherine Sabbath is the queen of the drip cake!!!
I have to agree that some form of chocolate/candy melts/ganache is your best bet.
I also have used ganache for the dripping effect, however im sure royal icing would work just as well. I dont think there is a specific recipe to how much water to add, you would just have to check the consistency. THat looks like a fun cake to decorate! =) Best of luck!
Thanks all!! I am going to cover a cake dummy and play with some royal icing to see how it goes. Wish me luck!!