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Saturday, November 24, 2012

Royal Icing Holly and Berries

If you have leftover red and green icing from making wreaths, why not pipe some holly? All you'll need is leaf tip #70, round tip #3, a flower nail, a Styrofoam block to rest the nail in, a glue stick, parchment paper squares, round toothpicks, and a dusting pouch filled with a 50/50 mix of powdered sugar and cornstarch. Start by sticking a parchment square to the flower nail with a dab from the glue stick. 
 Attach the leaf tip to the bag of green icing. Lay the tip almost flat against the surface and pipe for about 1". Stop pressure and pull the tip away. Touch your fingertips to the dusting pouch and define the end of the leaf into a point.
 Press a round toothpick into the icing all the way around the edge of the leaf (except the tip), drawing it outwards as you pull it away.
 Pipe a cluster of red berries with the #3 tip. Hold the tip just above the surface, squeeze out a ball, and pull the tip away. Repeat, repeat. Tap down any peaks that remain with a dusted fingertip. These holly leaves would look great as a garnish on any dessert for Christmas.

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