Royal Icing Rhinestone Tutorial

Items you will need:

Disco Dust (any color you choose)

Royal Icing

Edible Glue (I use a small amount of tylose powder w/water)

Small Tweezers

Toothpick or other small pointed tool (I used a gum stimulator)

Please note that when decorating with disco dust, it should be on items that can be removed from your cake and not to be consumed.

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How to make your royal icing circles.   I found a tutorial on this some time ago on the internet and would love to give credit but cannot remember where I found it.

You use the letter “O” on your keyboard in different font sizes on an entire sheet and print them out.  This will be your guideline for the perfect piped circle.  Place the printed sheet in a clear binder and rub a little vegtable shortening on it.  Once you have completed piping your circles, let them sit until they are completely dry and do not remove them.

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Take your edible glue and apply a small amount to approximately 5 – 7 circles at a time then sprinkle them with your disco dust.

Note: Do not coat too many at one time.  The glue will dry before you can sprinkle them all.  If this happens, reapply a small amount of your edible glue.

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Once your disco dust has been applied, let it dry for a bit before gently removing the excess disco dust.  Turn your sheet in a horizontal position and gently tap it on a tray to remove your excess disco dust so you can reuse it.

I found it easier to use a sponge tip applicator to scrape up the disco dust to my application tool than a paint brush.

NOTE TO SELF: you will have disco dust everywhere so make sure to remove your fondant mat or any items you use for your fondant from your working area.

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To remove the royal icing diamonds once they are ready, you can use your tweezers or a small exacto blade and gently remove them.    For application, apply a very small amount of royal icing then use your tweezers to gently place them (make sure not to squeeze them too hard) then secure them in place by gently pushing them down with your pointed tool.

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Comments (36)

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The issue with this is that Disco Dust is not edible. Imagine having to ask them to remove every one of them before serving the cake. I would use luster dust instead.

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This is not my recipe, but it sounds like what you need:

Angela wanted to add sparkle while adhering to the rule of “no disco dust”. So....

Edible Glitter Tutorial

Tools and Materials: 2 tablespoons Gumtex 2 tablespoons water 1 teaspoon luster dust Measuring spoons Fine sieve Silpat Mat Icing spatula Mixing cup

1. Mix all ingredients into a paste.

2. Spread paste evenly on a silpat mat and bake 5 minutes at 325 F, until entire surface is dry.

3. Removed dried mixture from silpat mat.

4. Press pieces through a sieve. Or break up to size & consistency that you require. Done!

5. Apply dry dust to your project, using thinned royal icing to stick to your cake.

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I wouldn't imagine it would be terribly hard to scrape them off the cake with a knife before serving. great Tutorual Mayra!!

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Espresso, I know that disco dust is not edible and I state it at the beginning of my tutorial. As cake decorators, we find many different ways to decorate a cake.

I just applied them to a cake in order to demonstrate how they look.

You can use these to decorate any piece of fondant that can be removed from the cake before serving such as a flower, butterflies, etc. I will leave it up to your imagination. You could also decorate any dummy cake that would be used along with a real cake.

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So ...what is the point of making faux rhinestones if they have to be removed from the cake just like real rhinestones do? Rationale?

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I'm with Dolcecakelady... why would we go through all this effort instead of just using other clean pretend pretty jewels that also would have to be removed?

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Hi, you can use real stones if you wish and I have on some occasions but as a cake decorator, there is nothing more satisfying than coming up with concept where I can make my own designs and know that I created them because I love what I do.

Wouldn’t this be like asking someone who makes beautiful fondant flowers that cannot be consumed because they have floral wire so they have to be removed, why not just by beautiful silk flowers at Michaels instead?

There are so many techniques in cake decorating and not all of them have to be consumable. How you make or create them is up to you.

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Hi, you can use real stones if you wish and I have on some occasions but as a cake decorator, there is nothing more satisfying than coming up with concept where I can make my own designs and know that I created them because I love what I do. Wouldn’t it be like asking someone who makes beautiful fondant flowers that cannot be consumed because they have floral wire, why not just buy beautiful silk flowers at Michaels instead? There are so many techniques in cake decorating and not all of them have to be consumable.

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Thank you so much. I actually found this item at Joann's in the art section where they sell the paints etc. It is a 2 bottles and 2 tip set with 5mm & 9mm tip. It's great for piping. The company name on the back of the pacakge is Lowe Cornell.

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The essence of the tutorial was to spark ideas and creation. I really enjoyed this. In the UK as I am sure in other countries, there are equivalent products to Disco Dust to get the same affect that are edible.

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Wonderful tutorial! I also have to say, you have the patients of a saint. Repeating the same disco dust questions seems a bit much. You clearly stated that they can be removed. Often they are eaten. To the other response, follow your own advice and ise luster without insulting the person who put all this effort into sharing. I think it's brilliant! Thank you so much.

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I haven't worked with royal much... Is there a reason you can't apply the dust while the drops are still wet vs. waiting til dry and using edible glue to adhere? Thank you for the tutorial!

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I have not worked with royal much... Is there a reason you can't apply the dust to the royal while it's still wet vs. waiting til dry and using the edible glue? Thanks for the tutorial!

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Hi, I honestly do not know weather this method would work or not. There is that possibility that it may flatten your royal icing drop and cause it to flatten. Give it a try and see how it works.

Let me know.

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Hi, I purchased it at Joanns in the paint brush section. It is packaged as a bottle with two different size nozzels. If you are unable to locate it, I can send you an image of it. It's by Lowe Cornell.


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