Over the past few years I have been fortunate to meet some amazing people through social networking. Last January I become friendly with a wonderful lady on Pinterest,
she asked me if I would create all the confections for an Autumn wedding. She wanted a dessert; I’m not just talking about the traditional desert table with a wedding cake and some after dinner treats.
She wanted an extraordinary dessert bar, filled with macarons, petit fours with pipe rose bud toppers, bittersweet chocolate-covered fruits and nuts, and intricately piped sugar cookies.
The sugar cookies needed to be over-the-top to be on her confection table. Royal icing pressure pied motifs have a delicate and lovely appearance.
Once you understand the method of piping motifs there are no limitations to the designs that can be created for cookies, cakes, and cupcakes.
Hopefully I will have the opportunity to take a picture of the dessert table at the wedding, for now here is a tutorial on the Autumn wedding cookies.
Autumn Wedding Cookies:
- PME nozzle #0 or Ateco #1
- PME nozzle #1 or Ateco/Wilton #1
- PME nozzle # ST50 Wilton/Ateco #65
- PME holder, optional
- Damp paper towel
- Artist brushes
- Palette, optional
- Flap mat, acetate folder, or cellophane
- Small pieces of foam
- Beading tweezers
- Dove templates
- Heart shaped cookies
- Sugar cookie recipe
- Royal icing
- Food paste
- Tangerine, SF
- cooled boiled water
- Gold lustre dust
Fins Supplies HERE
Recipe for Royal Icing Consistencies:
Dove wings and tails: Soft-peak
Dove body and head: Pressure piping
Ribbon Roses: Off-peak
To achieve pressure piping consistency add water and a little glucose to loosen the icing to just past soft peak.
You want the icing to hold shape, but if agitated will become smooth…Use a 22 second count.
If you do not want to use nozzles or do not own the correct size, prepare a parchment paper cone and cut the point to size you need.
For leaf shape, add the icing into the cone, gently pinch the point flat, and cut each side at an angle.
To test you leaf cone pipe a few leaves on your work surface, if the leaf is small and comes to a point your cone is ready.
Now gather all your supplies and together we will create the Autumn wedding cookies!
Practicing royal icing motifs will help you learn pressure control.
Moulds are great, but having the ability to pipe your own cameo
takes your sugar art to a whole new level!