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Royal Icing Flowers

Royal Icing Flowers

Have you ever wanted to make a gorgeous professional looking cake or dessert but feel like your decoration needs improvement? Then learn to make Royal Icing Flowers with this simple, easy-to-follow tutorial! You'll learn how to pipe these beautiful edible sugar flowers that can be used in different kinds of ways to decorate cakes, cupcakes or even cookies, for a real showstopper piece!

Close-up image of orange and purple Royal Icing Flowers, placed on a wooden table.

Today, I am making vanilla cupcakes for a friend and I wanted to do more than just a white cake with white frosting…so, I decided to try something new, like pretty little royal icing flowers!

Yup – you know those sugar flowers you can buy at the grocery store? Well – you can make them yourself at home…and believe it or not, it’s super easy.

The great thing about these flowers is that you can make a lot of them at once…store them…and then use them all year round. I think they’d make fun and low-stress beginning-of-spring or Easter project!

And what can you do with these flowers when you’re done? You can top cupcakes with them or even decorate cakes with them! Super simple, super fun, and super cute!

Royal Icing Flowers – What You’ll Need

I’ve made similar style edible flowers out of buttercream also! You can watch me making them in this video (it might help you understand the technique) although the buttercream is softer, so I definitely recommend the Royal Icing Flowers, especially if you are a beginner!

To make the Royal Icing:

  • 4 cups powdered sugar
  • 3 Tablespoons meringue powder
  • 6-9 Tablespoons room temperature water
  • Wilton gel coloring (yellow for center of flowers + any other colors you want)
  • A stand mixer with whisk attachment
  • Bowls
  • Toothpicks

To create the flowers:

  • Disposable piping bags
  • Wilton #1M tip
  • Wilton #4 tip
  • Wilton small star tip like #18
  • Wilton #104 tip
  • Flower Nail, optional
  • Royal icing (see recipe)
  • Wax paper
  • Flat surface
Ingredients for Royal Icing Flowers sitting on a wooden table. Large glass jug filled with water; white ceramic bowl filled with icing sugar; tub of meringue powder; food coloring in yellow, orange and purple; Wilton piping bags; Wilton piping tips in 5 different shapes.

Royal Icing Flowers – Instructions

Prepping your work area:

  • Cut off the tips of your disposable bags and place the piping tips inside. 
  • Fill the Wilton #4 tip bag with the yellow icing.
  • Fill the #1M tip bags with the other colors.
  • Place a large piece of wax paper on a flat surface. (If you have something to hold the corners of the paper down, do so.)
Close up image of white Royal Icing on silver metal whisk. Empty bowls in the background.

Creating the flowers:

(Read these instructions before trying them! It’s hard to make the flowers with one eye on your phone, laptop, or a piece of paper!) 

  1. Hold the #1M tip bag at a 90 degree angle to the wax paper, directly above but not touching the wax paper. 
  2. Apply firm pressure to the bag so that the icing flows out.
  3. Immediately begin to rotate the bag, keeping it straight and continually pressing icing out. 
  4. After the bag has been rotated about a quarter turn, release pressure and pull the bag straight up. 
  5. Repeat this process with each color of icing.
  6. Using the yellow icing bag with the #4 tip, pipe a small yellow dot in the center of each flower.
  7. Let flowers set out overnight to dry.
  8. After the flowers have set out to dry overnight, store them in an airtight container. If stored properly, they will keep for up to a year.

Any size tip can be used to create the royal icing flowers, so you can get creative.

The purple flowers were made with a small star tip like #18. The large purple flowers were made with a petal tip #104 and using a flower nail.

Step by step to make Royal Icing Flowers.
Top Left: Close up creating orange petals from piping bag.
Top Right: Close up, adding yellow center to orange flower from piping bag.
Middle Left: Creating purple flower petals from icing bag. Finished orange flowers on the side and piping bag filled with yellow icing laying in the background.
Middle Right: Adding yellow icing centers to the purple flower from the piping bag.
Bottom Left: Zoom in of technique used to pipe purple icing petals. Completed orange and purple flowers in the background.
Bottom Right: Completed flowers, 1 large purple flower and 3 small purple ones, 5 completed orange flowers. There is orange, yellow and purple icing in piping bags, and a thumb tack and piping nozzles. 

In every picture everything is laying on wax paper on top of a wooden table.

Royal Icing Flowers – FAQs

Though this is a pretty straightforward recipe and tutorial, there are a few things I’ve been asked about it, and that I’d like to clarify!

Are there any ingredient substitutions you can recommend for dietary purposes?

I haven’t tried anything else with this recipe besides what I listed – I’m sorry!

I’ve set the flowers out for over a day, but they are still wet. What do I do?

It’s probably the humidity in your area making things all messy! Let a fan blow on your flowers and they should harden right up, and use less liquid next time in the icing recipe.

Do these flowers soften when you put them on a cake or anything else?

Nope! They stay hard! 

Happy baking!

Close-up of completed Royal Icing flowers in purple and orange. 1 large purple, 1 large orange and 3 small purple flowers display the different techniques used to create different styles of petal.

I hope this tutorial was fun and easy for you to follow!

You like what you see but want to try something slightly more tropical? Check out my buttercream succulents for a fun take on flower decoration.

If you’re looking for something slightly more challenging, have a look at these awesome rose shaped cookies by one of my own favorite bloggers, I am Baker.

Please let me know in the comments what you’re going to use these flowers for, and if you have any questions, I’d be happy to answer them. Good luck!

Royal Icing Flowers
Yield: 3-4 cups of Royal Icing

Royal Icing Flowers

Prep Time: 30 minutes
Additional Time: 12 hours
Total Time: 12 hours 30 minutes

Royal Icing Recipe for piping beautiful Sugar Flowers. You can use it to decorate cakes, cupcakes, cookies, whatever you can dream of!

Ingredients

  • 4 cups powdered sugar
  • 3 Tbsp meringue powder
  • 6-9 Tbsp room temperature water
  • Wilton gel coloring (yellow for center of flowers + any other colors you want)

Instructions

  1. In the bowl of your stand mixer with the whisk attachment, combine the powdered sugar and meringue powder. Mix on low for 30 seconds.
  2. Add 6 Tbsp of the water to the sugar and mix on low until it becomes clumpy and all the sugar is wet.
  3. 1/2 a Tbsp at a time, add water until the mixture becomes smooth. GO SLOW and be sure not to add too much water. You want a stiff frosting. I added about 2 Tbsp more water at this point, but depending on the temperature and humidity of where you're at, you may need less or more water.
  4. Beat on high for 7 minutes. Lift the whisk out, scrape the sides of the bowl and test the texture and consistency of the royal icing. You want a thick icing - but not so thick that you can't push it through a piping bag & tip. Add 1/2 Tbsp of water if necessary to loosen it up.
  5. Beat on high for 2 more minutes.
  6. Separate icing into the # of bowls you are coloring. For example, if you are making pink and purple flowers, you'll need three bowls of icing. Two for the flowers and one for the center dots in yellow.
  7. Using a toothpick, add a very small dollop of gel coloring into each bowl and mix in with a spoon until uniform in color.

    Notes

    I watched these videos before I made this royal icing to help familiarize myself with the technique.

    Royal Icing Basics: http://youtu.be/ux5hfEn2o7Q

    How to make Royal Icing: http://youtu.be/RnxHBne-uVo

    Nutrition Information


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    Haysan

    Thursday 8th of July 2021

    I like royal icing flower 🌹🌹🌹

    Susan

    Saturday 22nd of May 2021

    Your recipe is good and your flowers are well done, however you didn’t show us how to make the ones on the thumbnail photo!

    Michele

    Wednesday 6th of May 2020

    great recipe! I needed flowers for unicorn cupcakes and this recipe worked perfect. I was able to use several different tips to make various sizes and shapes. Thank you for sharing!! The flowers hardened overnight. I did only add an additional 1.5 Tbsp in step 3. It piped beautifully and it was fun to play with the tips and try different shapes.

    M. King

    Wednesday 25th of September 2019

    This is a great recipe. I have started making it last night and was able to make intricate icing details. I am so impressed I found this recipe.

    Dana T.

    Monday 9th of September 2019

    Hi! Can I make this ahead of time and use to make the flowers later? If so, do you have any storage tips, or know how long it will keep?

    Thank you!

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