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1  COOKING / Dessert / Re: Royal Icing Questions on: December 28, 2007 09:55:08 PM
I did want to add another recipe that I have that is what I use for cookies. It is like royal icing in that it dries up hard but it is also shiny, smooth and it is soft when you bite into it.

Mix 1 cup powdered sugar and 4 tsp milk in mixer, stir until very well mixed.

Add 1 tsp almond or clear vanilla extract and 1 tbsp of light corn syrup.

This recipe for icing is much less fragile than royal icing. It is a very wet icing and drips a bit but you can add more powdered sugar if you want it a bit more stiff.

What I usually do is spread the icing in one color for kind of a background color. Then i let it dry (usually takes about an hour or two).  Then what I do is pipe on more details on top of the cookies.

You could also outline the cookie first in the designs that you want in a stiffer consistancy of this recipe and then put the more wet icing in a piping bag and fill in the gaps after the outlines dry.
2  COOKING / Dessert / Re: Royal Icing Questions on: December 28, 2007 09:32:33 PM
I have used royal icing and the recipe that does not spoil at all. When put in a sealed airtight plastic container it can really sit on your shelf for months. As far as coloring, I would say that you should color the indivual icings with a gel food color.. I can see how that might be difficult. If you did brush on color to white royal icing, I would say to be sure not to add to much extra liquid to the color mix.

The following recipe makes about 3 cups of royal icing.

3 level Tablespoons of Meringue Powder (Wilton brand, can be found at any cake decorating section of Wal-Mart or craft store)
1 lb sifted powdered sugar (4 cups)
1/3 cup lukewarm water

To make this what I do is put the meringue and powdered sugar in a mixer and start with a low speed.  Then add the water a bit at a time and start mixing at faster speeds as it combines, then mix it at medium high speed for about 10 minutes. When you start mixing be sure to put a damp cloth on top of the bowl (around the beaters) this is to make sure that the royal icing does not get hard in the bowl.

When using the icing, be sure to keep the wet towel on top of the bowl of icing and put on any kind of icing bags or tips that the icing is in.

BE SURE to use mixing bowls, beaters, containers, spatula's etc. that do not contain even a speck of grease. this is really important because essentially all this recipe contains is powder and water and any grease or oil is going to turn this icing into mush and will not set up hard.

3  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Completed Projects / Re: Felt Cakes! Now With Tutorial!!! on: November 18, 2006 12:03:50 PM
I have been a lurker here for a while and mainly just on this thread. I am planning on making a Christmas tree this year with mainly just cupcakes because my cat likes to climb my tree and knock down my ornaments.  I do not want to deny her anything, so I figured felt ornaments are the way to go! This are my first ones, 32 more.

I know these are supposed to be "appetising" looking but my son wanted me to make him an "Army cupcake" hence the last two images Smiley
4  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Craftalongs / Re: Let's make pincushions! on: November 18, 2006 11:35:59 AM
I want to make one!
5  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Trinkets and Jewelry: Completed Projects: General / Re: Japanese Street Style Inspired Headbands on: November 18, 2006 11:33:37 AM
very pretty
6  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Completed Projects / Re: ladybug house on: November 18, 2006 11:31:36 AM
Pretty neat. how creative. A cricket house would be equally as cool.
7  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Completed Projects / Re: Flowers with hidden pens on: November 18, 2006 11:30:02 AM
Never thought to make a Christmas one but this is a good idea!
8  IMAGE REPRODUCTION TECHNIQUES / Other Image Reproduction Techniques: Completed Projects / Re: my hand carved rubber stamps collection! on: November 18, 2006 11:28:58 AM
These are so neat. How creative is that!
9  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Trinkets and Jewelry: Completed Projects: General / Re: Controversial Smelly Bum Magnets on: November 18, 2006 11:27:51 AM
Ok, I need to make these Smiley
10  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Completed Projects / Re: Japanese Pincushion on: November 18, 2006 11:26:38 AM
Ok, this is adorable Smiley
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