What Am I Doing Wrong-Please Help W/poinsettia Flowers!!!!

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buckibaker Posted 8 Dec 2006 , 12:47am
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I am trying to make poinsettia flowers for a Christmas cake. I made royal icing-stiff. I'm using tip 352 as stated in the Wilton 3 book-they are running together. Does it matter if I use a plastic decorating bag or do I need parchement? I am SOOOOOOOOOOOO frustrated!!!! Any suggestions would be greatly appreciated!!!!

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mjs4492 Posted 8 Dec 2006 , 12:53am
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Mine did that in my Wilton 3 class. The teacher told me my hands may have been too warm icon_confused.gif

I've done them since and the only difference is that I made my icing really, really stiff when doing those flowers with the nails.
Don't know if this helped but your not alone icon_smile.gif

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Nikki123 Posted 8 Dec 2006 , 12:58am
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You may want to use the disposable plastic bags, because if you are using a regular bag that you have put Butter Cream in before it is going to make the royal icing not stiff because of the grease that is still left in the bag. Also if it was raining or moist out sometimes that causes the icing to not come out right. hope it works out for you!

Nicole!

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pinkorchid50 Posted 8 Dec 2006 , 1:04am
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If your RI goes into the bag stiff and comes out the other end runny, then your bag has a trace of grease. That's why I always use disposable when I am working with RI.. HTH icon_smile.gif

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buckibaker Posted 8 Dec 2006 , 1:08am
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I used a new disposable (plastic) bag and made sure the coupler and tip were cleaned so I don't think it's grease. Could be my warm hands-how do I change that? How about BC poinsettias-stiff icing as well? I don't need the cake until Sun. but I wanted to get a head start! Thanks so far for the suggestions!

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chaptlps Posted 8 Dec 2006 , 1:12am
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sometimes your hands are the culprit. Just toss the offending bag(s) in to the freezer for a coupla minutes til it firms up again.
Another thing, try wearing exam gloves and see if that doesn't insulate your bags a little bit better.

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mjs4492 Posted 8 Dec 2006 , 1:14am
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Buttercream poinsettia's - stiff icing also. It just seems to do better for me.
Warm hands - depending on where you are, go outside icon_lol.gif Just kidding!!
Another one of my teachers always had "warm hand" problems. She actually put ice cubes into a ziploc bag and while working, would place her "squeezing" hand on the ziploc occasionally to cool her hand. Guess it wouldn't hurt to try?
You could practice doing the buttercream flowers before Sunday and see how they do and which ones you like better.
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Luby Posted 8 Dec 2006 , 1:18am
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Originally Posted by buckibaker

I used a new disposable (plastic) bag and made sure the and tip were cleaned so I don't think it's grease. Could be my warm hands-how do I change that? How about BC poinsettias-stiff icing as well? I don't need the cake until Sun. but I wanted to get a head start! Thanks so far for the suggestions!




Did you use a plastic bowl to mix the icing? A friend of mine used her Tupperware to mix hers and had the same problem. I always use a metal or glass bowl and degrease everything with white vinegar and hot soapy water down to the beaters on the mixer before starting. I always use a icing bag that has only had royal icing in it. Humidity and rain will affect the icing also. These are just a few reasons why I hate royal icing - LOL!

I use stiff Buttercream to make my poinsettas - saves a lot of stress.

Good luck!

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mjrhooligan Posted 8 Dec 2006 , 1:23am
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I actually just finished buttercream poinsettias on cupcakes. I tried the 352 tip and super stiff icing but it was too stiff and the petals were too small. I thinned it up a little (actually getting the stuff out of the bag does prove helpful oddly enough) and used a 366 tip instead and they turned out much better. I liked doing the buttercream poinsettias MUCH better than the royal but again, with the 366 they're also much bigger. The pictures will be posted in just a couple minutes (I hope) so you can see but with that tip they actually completely covered the cupcakes.

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buckibaker Posted 8 Dec 2006 , 2:38am
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I'll try the buttercream tomorrow. I think I'll also get a tip 366. I only need a half dozen or so!! And I thought these were some of the easier flowers to do. Thanks for all the suggestions!

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