I recently started a cake icing class and last week we had to bring royal icing so that we could learn to pipe with it. We made piping bags from greaseproof paper and then were given a choice of designs to pipe. I chose Hello Kitty, partly because she's cute but mostly because it looked like the easiest option. I'm not one to turn down a challenge, but having never tried piping before, and having a slightly shaky hand whenever it should really stay still, even the easiest option was going to be a challenge!
We put the designs on top of a tile or cake board then put a piece of microwavable plastic on top (microwavable meaning it is food safe and thicker than cling film, rather than that it was going to go in the microwave). After that it was time to pipe away. The first job is to pipe the outline and then let it dry. After that, the icing should be watered down slightly and then you 'flood' the different sections of the design, still using the piping bag.
It took a long time. However, the results were better than anticipated - my hand stayed just steady enough. It was difficult, but not so difficult or disastrous that I won't try it again. And somehow it even survived the rain on the way to the car. Now I just have to decide what to do with it...
Friday, 14 October 2011
Wednesday, 12 October 2011
As I mentioned in my last post, I was going to bake some cakes to take to work once I got back from my course. Well, I did do this - I baked a carrot cake with cream cheese frosting, and a Devil's food cake. The carrot cake went to work and went down a storm. However, my other half (for whom I'd baked the Devil's food cake to take to work) decided he would actually rather keep the chocolate cake at home and eat it himself. Which he did. Although I did get a few pieces so I can't complain!
Anyway, the cakes turned out wonderfully. The epic fail? I forgot to take photos. So this doesn't really make a very interesting blog post - what good is a cake blog post without a picture of the cakes?! So I apologise. However, I have baked since, so watch this space!