Now, start piping petals. This first row will be more or less piped along the cake's surface. Hold the star tip very close to the mound, and squeeze hard. As the icing builds up, it should almost push the tip away off the domed part of the cake. Stop the pressure and pull the tip away to achieve that tapered look.
Sunday, February 19, 2012
Piping Cornflowers (aka Bachelor's Buttons)
cornflowers were JFK's favorite flower, and they are one of the ingredients in Twinings Lady Grey Tea (of which I'm very fond). Cornflowers can easily be piped directly onto a cupcake, as I'm going to show you. Start by loading up three bags with green, white, and blue icing. Instead of white, you could use a lighter blue (but white is what I had so I used it; plus I found a photo that shows some white flecks around the center of the cornflower). The blue and white bags require couplers; the green does not. Use a leaf tip on the green bag (such as Ateco #69), and start with a round Wilton #12 on the white bag and a star tip (like Wilton #18) on the blue bag. Have a smaller star tip (in this case, #16) and a multi-hole tip (such as Wilton #233) on standby.