Royal Icing Run-outs: Flowers à la Jo Mitchell
Thursday November 29 2012
My lovely friend, Jo, taught me how to make these gorgeous royal icing run-out flowers earlier this year, and with her permission, I’m finally publishing the photos I snapped of Jo teaching me how to make these.
- Well, all you need is royal icing, some clear cellophane, lightly wiped down with vegetable oil so your creations don’t stick to it.
You will need 1 big bowl to mix up the royal icing, and other, smaller bowls to mix the colours. For these flowers, we used 3 shades of pink + 3 shades of green, but obviously you can use as few or as many colours as you wish.
The first batch of royal icing should be quite stiff, for outlining, so be careful not to thin your icing with water too much to start with. The image below shows the consistency you should be aiming for. Colour a few tablespoons with a dark pink food colour to outline the petals in one bowl. Colour a few tablespoons with a deep green food colour to outline the leaves in another bowl. ** Be sure to keep your main bowl of royal icing covered with cling film to ensure it doesn’t dry out whilst you’re working.
Place your image outline underneath your cellophane and use your thick royal icing to pipe around the outlines.
Colour your next batch of royal icing a lighter shade of pink, and thin it out a bit with water so it is easy to blend.
This is what the flower petals should look like. Remember, this is the “underneath” of the flower.
It is important that you let your royal icing dry out completely, which may vary from 1 – 2 days. Do a test flower that you can keep testing. Once they’re completely dry, carefully peel the cellophane away from the flowers from underneath with one hand, whilst carefully holding the flower with another.
OK, so here’s a close-up of the ones I made myself. They were not as “smooth” as Jo’s, and with a few air bubbles, but still, just goes to show even a novice like me can do them!
And, once you get the hang of royal icing run-outs, you can create other designs, or even fun letters. Here are a few other ways that I have used this process. THANKS, JO!!