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I don't use straight royal icing because like you said, it gets rock hard. I use a recipe over at KarensCookies website called "meringue powder buttercream" which is basically a royal icing with a bit of shortening in it. It may take a little longer to dry, but it gets a nice crust but is still soft to the bite and is stackable. She's got videos on her site showing her making it as well as using it. Good luck.   I have found glycerin at Michaels, Joann Fabrics and Hobby...
Doesn't look like buttercream.
Where is the "bulk cash and carry that specializes in bakery shop type items"? I'm always looking for new places. Thanks.
I was looking through the Walmart ad and saw a section that had Valentine items and there were the cookies. Unfortunately, they were already made and being sold in a package for about $2.98 from their bakery section. I'm not sure the picture you posted was a purchased item or not, but they sure look very similar. Maybe confirm the pic you are looking at was a homemade item, otherwise you will be searching all over. The Chicago Metallic cutters someone previously posted are...
Thank you so much for posting this. She needs 100 signatures and is at 79 right now.
Thanks Pam. Pass the info on to any other Illinois bakers/cooks or even friends that would be interested. This is so badly needed.
Knightsbridge-global in Aurora is a PME store. Meaning they only sell PME supplies. It's awesome. You can look at their items online and they also have classes. Very nice and helpful people working there. I went to CakeWalk Chicago and it's a very small store. I went with a list of things I wanted and they didn't have any of them. So call in advance. I haven't been to Delicious Creations....yet. I also buy high ratio shortening at Gordon Food Services (GFS). They don't...
A gal over at the Wilton site has put together a petition regarding updating/changing the Illinois Cottage Food Law. She needs your help in signing her petition. I think you have to be an Illinois resident, so if you are please read the petition below (it's only about 3 small paragraphs) and sign. It's actually not just for bakers. So Illinoisans please sign and pass it on to others to sign.   She says " I recently was contacted by a group that actually knows how to...
Try to not have the bottom row of cupcakes facing downward if you can, or they will get crushed even with a crusting type of icing. Maybe use some type of decoration between the cupcakes that are taller and will keep the plastic away from the cupcakes. I've used artificial baby's breath I picked up at a Michaels store. I don't know if you've made these before so I apologize if I say something you know already. I would also use a dark green tissue or even squares of green...
Yes, I put outlined items, on wax paper, on a small cookie sheet and then into the freezer. This way is lays flat and undisturbed. When ready, I peel off the wax paper and place onto the cake. I do this for some flowers sometimes too because it's easier for me to handle when they are frozen. Plus, it's easier to place them. I recommend you make a backup piece as well, in case one breaks while you are removing the wax paper. Good luck.
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