I’m dreaming of spring. Begging for spring in fact! It’s time for the snow to leave behind the brown, ugly grass that is covered in deer poop (we have an urban deer problem, if you haven’t heard . . . YouTube search it . . . warning it’s nasty) . . . okay, well maybe that is not what I’m waiting for, but in order to get to the beauty of green grass and flower buds, we have to get through the ugly parts.
Often when I’m piping with royal icing, as I’ve told you I find it relaxing, my mind easily wanders. Spring time brings such hope and excitement, thoughts of summers passed, and beauty in the outdoors. Spring is one of the most beautiful times here in the East Kootenay’s and brings with it the abundance of wildflowers. These five petaled apple blossoms carry me into thoughts of spring immediately, as outside my bedroom window at my parent’s house was an apple tree. I remember it being planted, tiny as can be, and now, it is this great huge thing that is in constant need for trimming. I always knew when spring had arrived . . . when the pink buds bloomed on the tree.
Piping an apple blossom is one of the most basic techniques you can master. If I recall correctly, this was the first flower that I was taught in my Wilton classes . . . maybe, my memory is not my strong suit! It is simple. It is clean. And most of all it is pretty.
Apple blossoms traditionally come in pink, but if you are wanting to pipe a simple blossom, you could colour your royal icing any colour and get away with it.
The size of the apple blossoms can vary as well. Anything from the size of a penny to the size of a twoonie (that is about an inch and a half across if you’re not Canadian) is acceptable in my books! The thing about nature is everything is different . . . and so can be your piped apple blossoms.
What you will need:
Royal Icing, a recipe for which you can find here.
A flower nail
#104 Wilton Tip (or a small petal tip)
Parchment squares (1″)
Flower formers (not necessary but gives the blossoms shape as they dry)
As you watch the video, I hope you have fabulous thoughts of springtime!