Decorating cookies with royal icing can be a nightmare to a beginner if you don't know some key tips!! It flow out of my cookies.
Did some research and I realise that I have to let the outline dry at least 15 mins (to play safe, I outline all the cookies first and wait until the outline form a dry crust) before I can fill in with the royal icing. And it works!
A little gift to AT for our anniversary. Can say it's quite a success!
Royal Icing - key points,
-Royal icing consistency - 10 second rule (see here)
-Outline before flood
-Colouring - Use food gel colouring
-Storage - let the cookies dry overnight before pack them
-Never leave the bowl of unused icing open. Always cover it with damp cloth to prevent it from drying.
-Top cup (for pipping bag to stand) - at the bottom of the cup, put a damp tissue to prevent the tip from drying.
I choose to bake chocolate cupcakes for my bf's birthday since he love chocolate.
My idea of the birthday cupcake is, on top of each cupcake there's 1 alphabet of Happy Birthday Alex. The question is, how do I do the alphabet? Using rolled fondant or buttercream icing or royal icing?
I decided not to use buttercream to write out the words, as Singapore weather is a bit humid and it may not hold up well. Then I did some research on royal icing and I happen to see the below picture (from http://sweetopia.net). Immediately I know that's what I want my cupcake to look like.
I always have a lot of problem when it comes to chocolate cupcake or chocolate cake. The texture always taste like fa gao, and I did some research to find out what's went wrong in the recipe. And I can't find any answer. Maybe there's nothing wrong.
I did the alphabets out using royal icing and let it dry for a night. When I tried to peel off the parchment paper, some of the alphabets crack. Well, I have do it again, and this time I did extra more just in case.
Buttercream frosting was not a success, it melt easily, After frosting the cupcake, I have put the cupcake back to the fridge for awhile to let the frosting turn a little harden.
Conclusion, not very easy working with frosting. Oh, I forgot to mention about my helpers. Luckily I have them, if not there will be no nicely done cupcakes.