Sieve your icing sugar, this is essential to avoid lumps which will make the icing difficult to pipe.
In a bowl with a beater, first add water followed by Meri-white, mix for a few minutes just to combine and then scrape down the bowl.
Carefully add the icing sugar a little at a time, when all the sugar has been absorbed, scrape down again then beat on a medium to high speed for about 5 minutes to incorporate plenty of air.
If you don’t incorporate enough air the icing will be too stiff and be difficult to pipe.
This will make a firm but fluffy icing which is easy to pipe. This icing is good for piping shells, scrolls, ropes, basketweave and flowers.
If you want to write an inscription with your royal icing you’ll need to thin it slightly.
How To Adjust Your Royal Icing:
1 Teaspoon of Meri-white
1 Tablespoon of Water
In a small bowl mix together the water and meri-whites with a spoon just to combine.
Add to thick Royal Icing in order to make it thinner, this is done by adding very small quantities at a time to achieve a smooth mixture which only just holds its shape.
To thicken your Royal Icing simply add more sifted icing sugar. This should be done in small quantities and mixed well.
Top Tips For Working with Royal Icing:
If you are piping an inscription in a dark colour, pipe it in white first, not only is this easy to remove but it prevents the dark colour from leaching out of the icing on to the cake surface and looking unpleasant.
Leftover Royal Icing can be kept in an airtight container in a cool place for upto a week.
If you need to colour your Royal Icing it’s best to use paste or gel colours rather than liquid or dust colours as these can alter the consistency of the icing.
Mother’s Day is a celebration honouring the mother of the family, as well as motherhood, maternal bonds, and the influence of mothers in society.
Mothering Sunday is the fourth Sunday of Lent. Traditionally, it was a day when children, mainly daughters, who had gone to work as domestic servants were given a day off to visit their mother and family.
Show your Mum how much she means to you this Mothering Sunday with the help of our “Mother’s Day” range of cake decorating products.
These Mother’s day icing discs are printed with edible ink are ideal for the tops of cupcakes for a quick and easy decoration. Ideal for your special mum. Printed with pink polka dots and “Happy Mother’s Day” , Lilac Polka dots and “For A Special Mum”
Create intricate decorations with this easy to use Mother’s Day stencil from Almond Art. Ideal for the top of cakes or cookies. Our stencils can be used with dusting colours, edible paint, colour sprays, airbrushes or even with icing to create “Happy Mother’s Day” for your special mum.
We have the facility on our website for you to design your very own personalised edible icing sheet to complement your birthday or celebration cakes.
Choose your favourite image or images, be it for fun or to embarrass your nearest and dearest, add a caption, i.e “Happy 18th Birthday Son” and choose from a number of adornments such as stars and circles then pick your colour scheme. If you’re using a colour photo or picture it looks best if you choose one of the colours in the picture for your text as you can see on the sample below.
Icing sheets are perfect for quick cake toppers, decorations for the side of your cake or for complex designs and logos that you can’t make by hand. They are great for business celebrations and corporate promotions.
Here’s an example of an icing image of a particular pair of roller skates wanted on a celebration cake, as you can see we have added our own piped inscription but you can add your own chosen printed wording from a choice of text. In the past we’ve seen examples of holiday pictures and tickets, cruise liners and event entries or designed to surprise the recipient.
This Images maker is a great tool to have in your arsenal, it keeps the cost low and the impact high. Why not give it a try it is VERY user friendly.
We have added some fab new products to our Almond Art range including these “Under the Sea” toppers. The printed card on a cocktail stick variety are ideal for cupcakes, cakes, treats and savoury snacks sold in a pack of 12, while the 15 discs are printed with food safe edible ink onto thin sugar so are completely edible and look great on cakes and cupcakes. These are best secured with edible glue if using sugar paste circles or alternatively can just be rested on the top of freshly piped buttercream.
This smart suit cake is perfect for anyone that wears a suit or is up with the latest fashion. You can change the colours to personalise to a different style for a school uniform or designer brand. You can also alter the design for other items of clothing such as football shirts or sports jerseys.
A cake board is a piece of hardboard covered in foil (usually silver but other colours are available) and around 3-4 mm thick. They are dense and very strong. They’re perfect for most cakes and provided you’re careful with them when cutting your cake they can be reused a few times.
Other names for cake boards: double thick cards, hardboards
What is a Cake Drum?
A cake drum is normally a layers of card or card foam board covered in foil (like cake boards you can get them in other colours but silver is the most common) and they are around 12-13mm / ½ inch thick. They’re strong and are generally available in larger sizes than cake boards. Like cake boards they can be reused provided you care for them correctly.
Other names for cake drums: cake bases
So which one should you use?
The main difference between the 2 is their thickness. Cake drums at around 12mm / ½ inch are perfect for adding a ribbon around for some extra decoration.
Cake drums were traditionally used for wedding cakes but are becoming increasingly popular for all cakes due to the option of adding a ribbon.
Cake boards aren’t obsolete though, they’re often cheaper and they’re used for tiers in stacked cakes as the thin but hard board is easy to cover but offers ample support for the cake.
Elegant 2 tier 18th birthday cake with pink roses and ribbons. The cake also features an 18 motif with vintage style golden frame and additional detailing. The 18 number is a printed icing sheet that was cut to size [click here to make your own].