Using Royal Icing in Cake Decorating~Super Quick Tutorial

filed under: Decorating on May 3, 2010

Every now and then, I am lucky enough to make treats for the people I know.

This weekend I made two HUGE cakes for the folks in my hubby’s office. He works at Kraus Anderson.

This is their logo.


So I was making them a couple spring cakes but decided to do something a little different on the inside.

(shocking for me, I know) And sadly, I dont have pictures of the inside. So am going to have my oldest child to draw one for me.

And when I say oldest child, I really mean me, but I dont want anyone to know what a horrific drawer I am so I am trying to blame it on my poor defenseless child.


The bottom layer is devils food with miniature semi-sweet chocolate chips added, the middle layer is white cake, the top layer is red velvet. I made SIX batches of cake for this monster.

UPDATE!! They sent me a picture they took! Thank you so much KA Midwest Office!! ๐Ÿ™‚


Anywho… here is the cake!


Its a happy fun super easy spring flower cake. And I thought I would share with you how I made all those flowers!

(Of course, you can totally pipe right on the cake, but I like uniformity and consistency, and I wanted every flower to look similar so I chose this method)


I started by drawing out what design I wanted on a sheet of white paper.

Then I slipped the drawing behind a sheet of wax paper. (you can also use parchment)


Now just start tracing! I grabbed some green royal icing (its important to use traditional royal icing, NOT my version) and piped on the stems.


Then went back and finished with the rest of my colors!


I made about three sheets of these, so I would have enough for two big cakes. After they have dried for at least 24 hours, then gently picked them up and placed them around the cake. I placed them directly onto the frosting, so no ‘glue’ was needed.


Then just go back in and add the center design with some dots. You can pipe out some grass for a neat bottom border.

If you wanted to make this special for Mothers Day, you could just write out “Happy Mothers Day To The Best Mom That Ever Walked The Face Of The Earth!” on the top of the cake.

Or Happy Mothers Day.

Whatever floats your boat.

I have ONE more big Mothers Day gift idea coming, but tomorrow is my Anniversary to my dear hubby (eight years!)… so it might be a few days before I can post it. But it will be BEFORE May 9th, promise!


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  • The Lumberjack's Wife says:

    Hey-is that you on Tasty Kitchen today?!?

  • Rachel says:

    Wow, this is great! I am loving your tips. Thanks so much for sharing, I’ll be linking.

  • Term Papers says:

    likeable blog … really a charming pictures ..

  • Katie says:

    I was recently pondering this idea and I thought surely they’d break and I would cry and it would be a terrible cake disaster! lol You prove me wrong!! ๐Ÿ™‚ Thank you for the fantastic idea, I will be trying this for sure!

  • shelly (cookies and cups) says:

    very cute! That cake must have been enormous!!

  • bp says:

    Great cake for spring! You did a good job.
    Bethany ๐Ÿ™‚

  • holly says:

    What an adorable cake!:) Just want to let you know we are hosting an awesome giveaway thru CSN stores:)

  • Steph says:

    I just wanted to let you know ( I just stumbled upon your blog) that we share the exact same anniversary date…down to the year! How cool is that!!!!

  • Londa says:

    Your cakes are SO beautiful! A cake decorating kit (Wilton?) and some decorating lessons are on my wish list! Is it silly to have “decorate a beautiful cake” on my bucket list?

  • Jenifer says:

    I so wish I lived near you so I could take cake baking/decorating classes from you. You are so totally amazing. I’ve featured this tutorial on my blog and linked back to you. Great job!

  • Gianna says:

    sickeningly talented! (did i spell that right? NOT talented! come on Amanda! :))

  • Steph says:

    This is brilliant! I will definitely try this technique very soon!

  • Jackie McClelland says:

    Do the royal icing flowers have to dry for 24 hours? Do you think a hairdryer would help them to dry more quickly if we needed them, say, tomorrow ๐Ÿ™‚

  • sheila @ Elements says:

    Awwwww…that’s just precious!!! I would cry if I got a cake like that! ๐Ÿ™‚

  • Mousse Cakes says:

    I really love the drawing your daughter did! It’s so cute! And pretty accurate too! The cake looks great!

  • Anonymous says:

    Love it friend. Very creative.

  • Web Design says:

    Incidentally, I like the way you have structured your site, it is super and very easy to follow. I have bookmarked you and will be back regularly. Thank you

  • Nanthi says:

    Hi Friend, its a beautiful cake. I never covered my cakes(made only flowers) with RI and just searched the web “how to use RI on cakes” and found your blog. I too feel that the traced flowers piped with RI may break while transferring on to the cake. How to avoid this? Give another tutorial for this please….!! ๐Ÿ™‚

  • Lovely says:

    YUM! Itโ€™s looking amazing and delicious (Y) although I have tried other cakes but never tried this.. . Now, I will surely copy your recipe . โค Thanks

  • Monique Braynen says:

    Thanks for the tip,I always wanted to know how to do it.

  • Theresa Klan says:

    What is the recipe for the royal icing? I’ve never made it before and heard it hardens fast. Thank you