Thursday, December 16, 2010
I started by making my pattern. I used a neat little trick I learned a long time ago in geometry class to divide a circle evenly and drew this design. (I doubt my geometry teacher will ever see this, but I did learn something in that class.) Then I scanned it into the computer and put several on one page. You can find my printable version at the bottom of this post.
Cover the printed pattern with parchment paper or waxed paper. Now, here is the most important step! Spray a little non-stick spray onto a paper towel and rub the surface of the parchment/waxed paper. Believe me, you'll be glad you did.
Trace the pattern with royal icing. I piped with a #2 Wilton tip.
Carefully place sugar pearls in the center and on each point. Let this dry until the icing is hard. Make sure you pipe extras in case of breakage.
Once they are dry you can carefully remove them from the paper. These can be made ahead of time and stored in an airtight container.
Place them on the frosted cupcake and you are all done! Do not add them to the cupcake too far in advance. They will absorb the moisture from the frosting and become soft. Enjoy!
P.S. This is the first time I have added a printable PDF to my blog. If you experience any difficulties in using it, please let me know.