2015 (a long break due to baby 2’s arrival): This is the diploma module which worried me the most, as I have not always had a particularly successful relationship with Royal Icing. But I have tried out techniques myself and been to other classes in order to at least aim to improve beyond ‘really not very good’ before I started. I can safely say that this course was the hardest, both mentally and physically. I got unbelievably stressed over not being able to get perfectly flat icing or perfectly piped swirls on several occasions. However, I did improve, and passed, as you can see!
Week One: Making royal icing for different uses, covering a cake, basic piping skills with a variety of nozzles.
Week Two: Royal icing flowers – remember to avoid lilac colouring as it dries grey! We covered sweet peas, chrysanthemums, roses and leaves. Our ‘cake’ received a second coat and I did the worst attempt a brush embroidery that I have ever done (I am sure I can do much better than this!).
Week Three: Runouts and collars – eek! A very steady hand is needed for this work, as well as royal icing which dries incredibly hard. Having stuck our templates down so there was no likelihood of bowing, we piped swan wings, horseshoes, swan bodies, birds, crossing patterns, and finally the collar. Then they all needed filling. A few mistakes were made along the way, including knocking a bit of outside off one of the swans, but they were finally completed and left to harden. We also added flowers to mini plaques and piped a variety of patterns.
Week Four: Patterns on the final layer of cake icing – really struggled with getting this as perfect as I wanted to. Lace patterns, bridge work and oriental string work. Oh my stars, this was tough, but I actually enjoyed it in a wierd way. I can see the potential for bridge work and oriental string work in some of the cakes that I may do in the future, and really want to have a go at the more complex stuff. I will need time and to be far better at making royal icing before I do that. Maybe a project for the long winter evenings?…..
Week Five: 3D Butterlies, making piping bags, attaching the collar (without breaking it), piping flowers and leaves on the cake, overpiping and coating the board. And then we were done!
So now I have my Masters Diploma in Sugarcraft from PME. Yay!
Thanks again to Zoe from Boutique Cake Studio in Cranham 😀