learn the art of royal icing pressure piping

Lily of the Valley are soft and sweet!

The classic art of royal icing piping has never really gone away. I am happy to say in the last few years royal icing has become popular, even trendy with a modern twist. There are a multitude of decorative uses for royal icing from simple piped designs to intricate patterns, cameos, and of course Lambeth method. A cake or cookie can go to a whole knew level by adding royal icing designs.

Pressure piping is an important skill to master. Not only can you create lovely designs, pressure piping is the base to learning piping correctly with prefect amount of pressure. Pressure piping is using different amounts of pressure in squeezing the piping bag whilst piping, to achieve thicker and thinner parts of your design.

Pressure piping can be used for cookie decorating or adding a special touch to any cake.

I constructed an informative tutorial-video detail the steps to pressure pipping flowers. I highly recommend Eddie Spence’s book “The Art of Royal Icing.”

Royal Icing Lily of The Valley (with Pressure Piping):

learn the art of royal icing pressure piping

Lily of the Valley is another flower I adore!


  • PME #1 nozzle, or wilton #1
  • PME #2 nozzle, or Wilton #2
  • Parchment paper cones, or piping bags
  • Soft artist brush 5/0
  • PME holder, optional
  • Scriber
  • Paper towel


VisitΒ Shop 5th Avenue CakesΒ for supplies and recipes

Pointer for success:

If you are using egg whites, separate the eggs and place the whites in the refrigerator overnight. By allowing them to rest the egg whites become stronger.

I place the whites in a squeeze bottle (that has only been used for egg whites) with a little red stopper.

If you are using albumen, you need to reconstitute the dry egg whites. Albumen may be used right away.

For pressure piping I find parchment cones are best, the icing breaks down slower.

You will need to use rubbed down consistency.

learn the art of royal icing pressure piping

To achieve the pearl colour, I painted with pearl lustre dust and Everclear!

Now that you have all your supplies, coloured your icing, and prepared cornets for piping,

please enjoy the video

Both Tulips and Blue Bells use the same technique.

learn the art of royal icing pressure piping

If you enjoy piping the flowers try your hand at cameos!

These sugar cookies would be beautiful for a bridal shower, wedding favors, baby shower, or special occasion.

learn the art of royal icing pressure piping

Happy royal icing pressure piping decorating!

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