Tonight's post is a tribute to Illinois, "The Prairie State." Prairie dogs aren't the official state animal, but they're a lot easier to pipe than the white-tailed deer; they look like blobs of icing in real life, more or less! To pipe a prairie dog coterie (prairie dog-speak for "group"), you'll need stiff consistency royal icing in brown, oval tip #55, round tip #12, a flower nail, parchment paper squares, a glue stick, a Styrofoam block to rest the nail in, round toothpicks, AmeriColor Soft Gel Paste in Super Black, and a dusting pouch filled with a 50/50 mix of cornstarch and powdered sugar. Start by sticking a parchment square to the nail with a dab from the glue stick.
Smash the pointed end of a round toothpick into an oval sort of shape, then dip it into a product like AmeriColor soft gel paste in Super Black and dab in the eyes. Use the pointy end to carefully paint in a tiny "v" shape for the nose.