Wednesday, January 26, 2011
Advanced Royal Icing Class
This past weekend I took another Nicholas Lodge class-- Advanced Royal Icing Techniques. :) I decided to treat myself since my birthday is on Friday.
The class covered figure piping (which I hadn't really tried before), as well as color flow techniques, pressure piping, string work with and without bridges, and some Lambeth style borders. In the above picture, the doves were piped on waxed paper separately, and the ribbon side design was transferred onto the cake and created using a color flow approach.
Here is an example of figure piping-- this cupid was all piped with royal icing tips 1 and 2:
As a contrast, the cupid on the right side of this picture was cut out of gum paste and then over-piped with a little royal icing for added detail.
Here's some stringwork with a piped bridge and lace points, with an embroidery side design.
And here are some pressure piped letters painted silver and then attached to the cake:
We did one more dummy cake in class featuring a color flow swan and some Lambeth style borders:
The swan has some 'real' feathers in there for added detail. :)
I was a little rushed at the end of class so you can see that my scroll under the scroll border started floating down as I went along.... but I like the top border.
The class was great fun and definitely inspired me to work more with royal icing... and to reopen my Lambeth book and try a few things. :)
Meanwhile, I'm going to be teaching my first sugar class in March!! I'll be teaching gum paste stilettos March 5-6 at International Sugar Art Collection's Studio B in Norcross, GA. Details will be posted soon at www.nicholaslodge.com.
So in the meantime, I've been refining my shoe techniques and preparing course notes-- I'm really excited for the class and really want it to go well!
That's all for now. Hopefully I'll still have enough time to make a snazzy birthday cake this weekend... :)