Here’s what you’ll need:
- Tips #4 and #8 or similar sizes
- Pastry bag/coupler
- Baby decoration
- Royal icing ducks (you can make your own with the same number tips as above) or purchase if you only need a few. This saves a lot of time.
Sprinkle with Disco Dust and place a couple of ducks in the tub!
Note: When placing royal icing decorations into buttercream, don’t add them more than a day ahead. The grease in the buttercream will start to break down the sugar and meringue base.
Icing Tips ~
If you use a Buttercream Icing with vanilla and butter, the icing will not be pure white.
I used Amer-Color Bright White to brighten up the color. It’s a liquid. I used quite a bit, about 1/4 cup for a double batch of icing. Cut down on the amount of liquid in your icing recipe to compensate on using added liquid coloring.
If you don’t like to use as much of this coloring, use an icing recipe that has only white ingredients.
Here’s my recipe I use when I need a true white decorating icing.
It is a tad labor intensive with mixing 2 separate parts and then combining them but it produces a light and fluffy icing with a great flavor.
3/4 cup Granulated Sugar
2 Tbls. Meringue Powder
1/2 cup (less 2 Tbls.) Water (very hot)
1/4 tsp. salt (optional)
1/2 tsp. almond extract or other clear flavoring
Beat until stiff peaks form with a whisk attachment if using a Kitchen Aid mixer. (Any amount of grease will keep the icing from getting stiff.)
2 cups Crisco Shortening
1 lb. Powdered Sugar
Mix until light and fluffy with a paddle attachment if using a Kitchen Aid mixer.
Mix Part 1 into Part 2 and beat well on high speed with a paddle attachment about 8-10 minutes scrapping the bowl and beater. Do not refrigerate.