Thursday, May 6

An Alternative to Traditional Royal Icing: a video tutorial

Have you met Amanda from i am baker yet? If not, be prepared to fall in love. If you already love her, be prepared to fall in love all over again.

Amanda makes with most beautifully decorated cookies WITHOUT the traditional royal icing! Like these...
{These are some of my favorite decorated cookies EVER!!!}

She's going to show us how to make her super easy decorating icing:



Thank you, Amanda! Can't wait to see more!!!

You can visit Amanda at her brilliant baking blog, i am baker
or, her fabulous & funny mommy blog, i am mommy .

39 comments:

L said...

*g* You are so cute, Amanda! Thanks for the tutorial!

Kelly said...

Very cute! Thanks for the tutorial. How long does it take for this icing to "cure"?

Jessica said...

Amanda, the fact that you had your son sit with a dunce cap on his head makes me love you even more!!

Your talent amazes me! Thanks for the tutorial. :)

I run for cake! said...

Super cute & fun tutorial! Love how you incorporated your son!

TidyMom said...

AMANDA!!! that was SOOO fun!!! I know I don't want to be a royal icing dunce!! Thanks for the video!!

Manu said...

OMG…I was having one hell of a day but…guess what?...Not anymore. This was the funniest tutorial I’ve ever watched. Thank you so much for teaching us and for making us laugh during it.

Have a nice day ;)

Elle

bridget {bake at 350} said...

Amanda...you had my husband and 11 y.o. interested in icing! That's saying something considering they are surrounded by it 24/7! ;)

I only wish we lived closer so you could give me an in PERSON tutorial! You made it look so easy (and fun)! If your icing will help me make beautiful cookies like yours, I'm trying it!

vanillabeanbaker said...

I hope your son got compensated in cookies for his brilliant performance. He is as good as his mommy. The *walk-on* by little Audrey was priceless. She didn't even ask what you were doing. I guess they are so used to mommy doing what she does so well. Thanks for this entertaining and educational vlog.

Teresa said...

Amanda!
Nice to meet you Sweetpea!
I'm Teresa....from Blooming on Bainbridge...and I think you're adorable!
I was so delighted to meet the little critter over in the chair...
bless his pea picking heart having that DUNCE hat on...
but I know he loved being in mommy's video!
I was so delighted to meet him because I kept seeing his cute little foot dangling...and I was wondering who that cute little foot belonged to! ;o)
Love the way you made the icing!
Would LOVE to see you decorate your cookies with that icing!
Your cookies are quite simply ADORABLE!...
Just like you!
I am LOVING going to school at the UNIVERSITY!
My kind of college!
I bet all you professors wouldn't have minded how LOW my ACT scores were...as long as I LOVED sugar cookies...
with icing!
This is a DELIGHT!!!!!
I'm staying at this UNIVERSITY forever and ever...
never wanna graduate! ;o)
xxooxx
Nice to meet you Amanda!

Renee said...

Haha Great job Amanda! Made me chuckle while I learned :) I've used your icing recipe before and it was a hit.

Avanika [YumsiliciousBakes] said...

What a great video, Amanda. I'm going to try out your way next time!

Bea said...

Great video, Amanda! Loved your easy way and your children being in it...

Samantha said...

Hello I am currently making the icing right now, and it's really thick...even with the extra milk.

kudoskookies said...

Amanda, this video was SO funny! I totally loved the sifting 'bit' and the dunce cap. You did a really great job and it was easy to follow and understand. I have such respect for busy moms like you who can get it all done, done well AND make it look easy! Can't wait to see your next one!

Jenny said...

great video! i was wondering whose leg that was in the corner. :)

Jen @ My Kitchen Addiction said...

Love it!! I will definitely have to give that icing recipe a try!

Laci Jo said...

lol, man you are so cool Amanda ;D love it!

Jenny said...

I think I can do this! I've been so scared to try royal icing. Thanks for the tut!

Dawn said...

great tutorial! Does it dry hard?

Chic Cookies said...

OK, the dunce in the corner? I almost fell off my chair laughing, Amanda.

Diane {createdbydiane.blogspot.com} said...

Great job Amanda! Loved your vlog!

HoosierHomemade said...

How fun! You did an awesome job Amanda!
~Liz

Chrisgelica said...

Is the lemon necessary? I have a lemon tree out back but it seems like such a waste for me to use a lemon just for one drop.

thecookieshop said...

I love your sense of humor and the kids "guest starring" - adorable! I'll try the icing!

ashleycupcake said...

To Chrisgelica:

I make this fab frosting a lot and use almond extract instead. It tastes great, especially if you're using Amanda's cookie recipe!

Amanda said...

Samantha: You can add as much milk as you need to get the consistency you want. The 1:1:1 is just a starting off point for the recipe. I have added a 1/4 cup of milk to get a really runny icing... just experiment! :)

Dawn: The icing dries a hard but not for 3 days. At about the 2 day mark you should still be able to leave in imprint of your thumb by putting your thumb on the icing. But be warned the 2/3 day mark is when they taste THE BEST! :)

Chrisgelica: The lemon is not for flavor necessarily, but to add some acidity to the sugar. This does NOT make the recipe taste lemon, but it DOES bring out the flavor in the sugar instead of just giving you a huge blast of sweet. It is totally not necessary... just a personal preference!

Thanks for all the wonderfully kind words and thoughts guys... you are the sweetest!! (and you know that pun was intended)

Blessings!
Amanda

chirky said...

Loved this tutorial! What kind of color do you use? Gel, powder liquid? How do you make sure it's uniform color for when you spill in after outlining?

Crystal said...

Love this!! I made the cookie jar for my mother-in-law!! Do you use decorating bags/tips? I tried a ziplock bag, but it was not so good. Can you PLEASE post a vlog of you decorating a cookie? Please!?

Mine were ok but not like yours ;-)

bridget {bake at 350} said...

Hey Crystal!

Here's a post about NOT using baggies to decorate:
http://bakeat350.blogspot.com/2010/03/this-does-not-work-for-me-wednesday.html

Disposable piping bags are MUCH easier. You'll see a difference in your cookie decorating, I promise! :)

Karen said...

Love the video! I, too, want to see one of you decorating a cookie. I'm really new at this so this may sound like a dumb question. What do you use to add color to the icing? Food coloring, food coloring paste????? Also, do you measure the powdered sugar before you sift it? Does it matter?

Sue said...

So much fun! Thanks for the alternative icing, just for some variety:) What a good sport your little "dunce" was! :)

Jocelyn said...

Thank you so much for this! I am a new "hardcore" baker. As in I have gone from baking yummy treats for the family for dessert to I want to learn everything there is to know about making, baking, and decorating! BRILLIANT! You are wonderful!

Come to Idaho =)

flour & sugar said...

Does the milk spoil that is in the icing?? Or does it last a long time at room temp? Does the sugar act as a preserve for the milk? Always wondered that!!!

love2quilt2 said...

I have used this recipe and used almond extract without the lemon. It worked perfectly! I did have to tweek the amount of milk, though. Mine dried to package/wrap/stack after 24 hours. Maybe depends of the humidity? Or thickness of the icing piped on?

Lilla said...

Hi, I am from Hungary. I never headr of corn syruo before. What can I use instead of that?
Does it last for days even with the milk in it?

Katrina {In Katrina's Kitchen} said...

Okay, I'm about a year late to the party but I must say I just love you!! Amanda you are a gem and I'm glad to see someone else who measures like it do (not that it EVER gets me in trouble!). I'm interested in trying your tasty recipe! ♥-K

Cazu said...

Amanda,that was a great video, made it easy to follow. I can not wait for the next one. Well done!!!!

Chii Chan said...

Please help!! My icing remains grainy though I sifted it and used powdered sugar (grinded granulated sugar at home). Adding more milk maked it liquidy but still grainy. =(

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