Daffodils made from piped royal icing are a great decoration for your cakes and cupcakes. Royal icing flowers are typically used for decorating traditional wedding cakes.
Nothing says springtime like a daffodil! We’re finally out of the ugliness of winter, and shortly, the tiny green buds will be poking through the ground!
Side story . . . my aunt died of cancer a number of years ago now, and my uncle, to honour her memory, got a tattoo of a yellow daffodil, with the letters “HB” underneath it . . or above it? I can’t quite remember. The daffodil is to remember her courageous fight with cancer and the letters stand for Honey Bunny, their term of endearment for each other. My auntie was an incredible women, brought three amazing kids into this world, and made my uncle a very happy man. I can’t help but think of her whenever I see a daffodil, or a crocus. Her ashes are laid at a place called Crocus Hill on her parent’s farm in Alberta.
You will need:
Wilton #1 tip,
Wilton #2 tip,
Crescent moon petal tip, or a regular petal tip Wilton #104.
Parchment squares (approximately 2″x 2″)
Prepared Yellow Royal Icing (recipe here)
The first thing you need to do is to adhere the parchment square to the flower nail. This prevents the paper from moving when you’re piping on it. To do this, simply put a small dollop of Royal Icing (RI) on the nail and stick the paper to it. You’re now ready to pipe the flower!
Using the petal tip, you are going to use the same technique you would in making a small flower such as an apple blossom. Start in the middle of the nail, with the wide part of the tip down, and pipe a straight line up, and then turn the nail slightly, and pull the tip back to the start. Repeat this 5-6 times to create the base of the daffodil.
Next switching to tip #2, in the centre of the flower, pipe a coil like shape upwards, around and around.
Next switch to tip #1, and pipe a squiggle back and forth over the coil.
Set aside to dry at room temperature for about 24 hours.
**This can be a tricky technique to explain here with words, so if you’re confused, have a look at the video, and hopefully that will help!