A while ago I made some cookies for a friend, and never talked about how to drop and meld a design into wet icing. I also call this the sinking icing. Or the 2-D design icing. I wish someone would just come up with something official so I can stop confusing people with my arbitrary ways of “naming” things.
I am currently exhausted beyond measure. I’ve been baking for 2 days straight, and in front of me is a large, empty suitcase waiting to be packed for a 10-day Greece trip. The added food coma from a giant bowl of ramen is not helping this situation. Need to put that out there in case I start to lose coherence in the next few paragraphs below. Apologies in advance.
When you pipe wet icing on top of an already dried layer of icing, it creates a 3D effect, like the swirly on this star:
But when you pipe wet icing on top of a wet layer of icing, the piped design falls INTO the base layer instead of settling on top. It continues to sink until the entire glaze has a smooth surface, like in the cookies at the top of this post.
There’s a popular technique to make the heart design, which is to drop a dot of icing, and then drag a toothpick down the middle. I hate those hearts because they never really look like hearts. They look like (excuse me) a pair of saggy testicles.
There’s no need to drag the dot to make a heart; it’s very much possible and surprisingly easy to make a regular, cute, appropriately shaped heart.
Just follow the steps pictured below!
1. glaze the cookie.
2. while the base glaze is still wet, make an upside-down teardrop shape. Do another one to make the left atrium and ventricle, making sure the end meets at the bottom. At this point, the heart may still be a little 3D.
3. tap the cookie a few times to help the heart sink into the base icing. You want to make sure it sinks well before either of the colors start to dry. Royal icing dries quickly, so work fast!
The sinking icing is easy and fun to do. The only down side is that if you fuck up there’s nothing that can be done, except to toss it and pretend it never happened. I usually practice the design on a burnt/messed up cookie before I move on to the real thing.
I just realized two of the photos above are from the same step (“tap the cookie”) and offers nothing new. Pls refer to previously offered apology.
Over & out!