Today was week 2 of my weekly cake decor class. Last week, we started thinking about ideas for our royal icing cakes. This week it was time to start implementing them.
I’ve scrolled through pinterest and instagram so much this past week. Royal iced cake after royal iced cake; I’ve scoured the internet. The cake that I’m doing is a pale blue cake (more like a pastel navy blue) with pink and white accents.
Before going into class, I had a darker blue in mind but on second thoughts it was too dark for the whole cake to be that colour. Instead, I’m covering the cake and board in a pale blue colour, and then doing the royal icing collar in a darker shade of the same colour.
It didn’t take long to settle back into the old routine of making a colour solution and then icing the cake layer by layer of royal icing. If you don’t know what a colour solution is, it’s basically a little jar full of diluted food colouring, from which I add drop by drop to a certain amount of icing to get the same colour every time.
It was actually quite funny because I didn’t add enough colour to our colour solution even though it looked so dark. I kept adding drops of colour to our royal icing and the colour changed marginally each time. I reached 5, then 7 and then 10 in no time. It’s why I actually ended up with such a pale colour when I was actually going for a much darker tone!
Coating a square cake was pretty simple. You just have cover opposite sides, let them dry and then coat the other opposite two. I need to work on my edges, especially when I lay my side scraper on the edge to scrape the excess royal icing off. It’s important to get those perfect edges! I’ve got a picture of my first coating on the cake dummy.
As you can tell, it’s very sparse and a very thin layer, but I’ll build it up next week. I also covered my cake board, but just like the dummy, it is just a very thin layer. Like my tutor Gaye says, it’s better to have more thin layers rather than a few thicker layers.
Towards the end of the lesson, we learnt all about collars. I can’t wait to draw up my plans for my collars. We’re not doing a full collar for our cakes, but rather sectional collars. I’ll post up my plans next week, once I’ve drawn them up. I thought I’d never see graph paper again after college, but here we are!
Have you tried icing a cake with royal icing? What are your experiences with royal icing? Let me know in the comments!