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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  • bridget {bake at 350} says:

    Great tutorial!!! And happy (early) anniversary! โ™ฅ

  • Renee says:

    I was just thinking about you! I was wondering if you got a new oven so you could bake some more stuff to share on your blog ๐Ÿ™‚ Your ears must have been burning. Very cute cake ๐Ÿ™‚

  • Laci says:

    oh cool, i didn’t think of THAT! great idea ๐Ÿ™‚

  • Kate says:

    Love it! It’s so fresh and pretty.
    Hurry up with your final idea please. I don’t have time to waste. ๐Ÿ˜‰

  • Shanda says:

    Wow! How cool is that! Question. How did you get the flowers to lay against the cake and not break? (round cake royal icing, trying to wrap my brain around that)

  • Melisa says:

    you make it look soo easy and beautiful!!! Happy Anniversary!

  • Lauren @ Crave. Indulge. Satisfy. says:

    Super cute! Love this royal icing technique! Happy Anniversary and Happy Mother’s day!

  • Stephanie says:

    I might just have to attempt this once … though I will admit that it seems a bit scary to me. ๐Ÿ™‚

  • Paula says:

    I’m so happy to see you posting again at i am baker and what a delightfully pretty cake. I love what you did with the royal icing flowers and a three flavoured cake. Your cakes are the tallest and the most creative!
    Hoping that you did get a new oven and that you are happy again in your kitchen.

  • Lindsay says:

    Well by golly I do believe I, errrr….YOU, have just found my daughters 1st bday cake! :-)Gracias Seniorita!

  • Jessica @ How Sweet says:

    I never knew you could decorate a cake like that! What a fabulous idea. I learn so much from you!

  • Manumiranda says:

    O-M-G!!! Thank you so very much for this valuable tip.I still canโ€™t believe how easy that was =O Thanks again ๐Ÿ˜‰

  • susan says:

    simple and sweet! what was the occasion?

  • Jenny says:

    This is adorable. I have tried this technique before, but using non-royal icing similar to your usual (and it did not work — much too delicate). So what royal-royal icing recipe (or product) did you use for this? Will you say? Thanks!!
    P.S. LOVE your website.

  • The Lumberjack's Wife says:

    This is amazing to me. How do you do this stuff? You are a goddess, I say. ๐Ÿ™‚
    Now come bake me something! ๐Ÿ™‚

  • Renee of Kudos Kookies says:

    Great tutorial Amanda. I’ve tried piping royal on parchment before but never have the patience to let it dry properly and always ruin it by trying to move it too early. Kudos to you for not being an impatient fool. Very pretty cake!

  • Maranda says:

    This is such a great idea and fantastic tutorial!! Thanks for sharing!

  • Alicia says:

    I wish I worked in that office!!!! LOL

  • Amy's blah, blah, blog says:

    I may have to try that sometime. Doesn’t look too too hard.

  • Kate says:

    I’m so happy they sent you a picture because (no offense) the drawing just wasn’t doing it for me.

  • Grapefruit says:

    Pretty cake, great idea & tutorial. I’ve done this with chocolate but never thought to do it with royal icing. thanks for the inspiration!

  • Lorie says:

    Love them!!!

  • Phyllis says:

    I’m curious….because I’ve not ventured very far into the whole cookie-decorating scenario….why is it important to use a traditional royal icing instead of your usual icing recipe?

  • Emily says:

    This is absolutely beautiful! Are there any recommendations for a “traditional” royal icing and a white frosting to cover the cake like this one?

  • Terri says:

    This is so, so cute!!
    Visiting from Be Different Act Normal.. Have a wonderful Tuesday! ๐Ÿ™‚