Sunday, February 24, 2013

How to make royal icing shamrocks

St. Patrick's Day is in the air, and my Irish blood is stirring!

Time for leprechan mischief and green treats galore!  

Ready to learn how to make 

  The first step is to make traditional royal icing - this is the type of icing that hardens, used to make three dimensional roses or sticking gingerbread houses together.  I use the Wilton recipe that you can find here.  
When you prepare this recipe, you will notice it is quite stiff, and that is a good thing when making embellishments that will stand alone.  
Once you have the icing prepared, add food coloring till you get the shade of green you like, and then load into a pastry bag that is fitted with at least a # 3 tip.
On a piece of parchment or wax paper, draw a heart shape.

Now make a second heart on the side,

and now a third heart on the other side.

All that is needed now, is a cute little stem.

I was having such fun, I made quite a few!  
Then I moved on to trying Celtic knots,

and then changed to a star tip to make stars with a large green dragee in the center.

I just kept on cruising until I ran out of icing!

All that is left to do, is allow them to dry (and that doesn't take long).  Just peel them off the paper, and they are ready to add to cookies, cupcakes, or cakes.  
AND, they keep indefinitely in a storage container.


Having fun with

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  1. fair. At least when you were were so kind to drop by my blog I didn't make you hungry for food. We just talked dishes.....those cupcakes make me want to lick the screen.LOL... Darn they look good! New follower here :-) Now if you'll excuse me I'm going to search your blog for recipes so I can have cupcakes for

  2. Love this tutorial, Lisa. I feel like I may be able to accomplish this! xo

  3. These are so sweet....and you make it look easy! Thanks for the step by step tutorial!
    Cathy @ Lemon Tree Dwelling

  4. Your shamrocks make pretty cupcakes! Thanks for stopping by

  5. These are so pretty! Your whole blog is gorgeous. I love anything "enchanted"!

  6. Great tutorial! I love using royal icing to make decorations (don't do it nearly enough!)

    Have an enchanting day! Going to go and subscribe and read more of your blog now


  7. Such cute cupcakes. Thanks for showing us how to decorate them. Lynda

  8. Thanks for visiting my wedding post on my blog

    I love cupcakes and can't believe we are talking about St Patrick's Day already


  9. Love the tips for making the frosting decorations! If I get motivated enough, I might make some green cupcakes for my family this year. If they're really "lucky" (pun intended) I may even try adding some of these decorations to them. I'm not great at it, but not too bad for an amateur.

  10. Your projects are so great! I'm a new follower,

  11. Those are the cutest shamrocks!!! You make it look so easy!!!

  12. ADORABLE CUPCAKES! Coming from a huge Irish family out of Boston, I know these would be a big hit! Thanks for sharing! New follower - would love for you to come visit too!

  13. Your creations look beautiful and delicious. I cannot even make a cupcake! You are so talented.

  14. Those are adorable and look delicious...wish I had one right now!


  15. These cupcakes look scrumptious. Thanks for sharing. I am not much of a baker, but this looks like I can even make it...LOL

    I have some Irish roots. My grandfather was an Irish fisherman that sailed into Cape Town in the early 1900's and met and married my grandmother a local lass, hence my maiden name of Holmes.

    I am a new follower!

  16. These cupcakes and the embellishments are awesome. Good to know that the icing embellishments store well.

  17. Ohhhhh.....this was NOT the right time for me to visit your lovely blog, Lisa. lol! I just started a diet and sugar is off limits to me. (sounds like fun, eh?) But your cookies and cupcakes not only look super darling....but oh so good!!! lol! There is a definitely a special talent to creating such sweet works of art! :)

    xoxo laurie

  18. YUM!
    I would LOVE it if you shared this in my Spring/Easter Linky Party! You can find it here:

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  20. I am particularly fascinated by the Celtic knots! Your final product is very pretty. That's the kind of green I like. Perfect.

    Thanks for dropping by my nook.

  21. Very pretty cupcakes! They look almost too good to eat! Thanks for the visit...I'm now a new follower!

  22. Thanks so much for visiting -- I love finding a new blogger friend. This icing thing looks so easy even I might could do this. When I was younger I aspired to be a pastry chef. Then I met my husband, and the day in and out cooking kind of dampened my enthusiasm!

  23. So pretty and yummy looking too!!

    Thanks so much for stopping by!!


  24. Wow, the shamrock icing is super-duper cute! We don't celebrate St. Patty here, but if we did, I would kill for some of your cupcakes!

  25. OMG, these are too cute to eat!!!! Love it! Wish I had your talent in the kitchen ;-) Thanks for stopping by on my blog dear, really appreciate it. Have a nice day!

  26. What beautiful cupcakes. Perfect for St. Patrick's Day.

  27. Love the shamrock icing! Those cupcakes are so festive and cute...I bet they are yummy too. Thanks for stopping buy. You have a beautiful blog!

  28. Lisa, so glad you left me a comment earlier. You have amazing skills decorating cookies. I've been jumping around on different posts. Love the gnome cookies! Following you.

  29. Wow, they look so yummy :) Absolutely perfect for St Patrick's Day! Thanks for stopping by my blog and taking time to leave a sweet comment! Greetings from Australia♥ ~Pernilla

  30. Wow, they look delicious:) I have never celebrated the St Patrick's day, because I am not from the UK, but I would love to start just because of these cookies:) Come to visit my blog too if you want:
    All the best,
    Pralinka (that means bon bon in my languge by the way :DD)

  31. Great tutorial. YOur cupcakes look amazing. Thanks for joining TTT. Hugs, marty

  32. Oh my! They are sooo cute! I got to show them to my daughter, she is baker in the house! :)

  33. I'm not that good at baking, but this sure looks yummy!

  34. These look delicious! What a cute way to decorate a St. Patrick's Day cupcake.

  35. Hi lovely lady.
    You do Beautiful work looks delicious ! Thanks so much for your sweet comments on my Tablescape thank you again, hope you and your family have a wonderful week.
    XXOO Diane

  36. Pretty and yummy looking also! Thanks for sharing the tutorial. I have never been much of a baker, but many years ago use to try my hand at decorating cakes - not any more. Will leave that up to those that know what they are doing. :D
    Thanks for stopping by and nice comment on the necklace.

  37. Very cute stuff going on over here! I would love it if you would link up tomorrow at my linky party!

  38. These are lovely! I want to make cupcakes now :)

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  40. That is beautiful! Thank you for stopping by on my blog. I am following you! Blessings~

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