My new "technique" is not really a technique but more of a medium. I chose to try my hand at glaze. I won't lie and say that I have never tried glaze before because I did work with it once in a decorating class I took. The instructor made the glaze and it was in bottles. I nearly broke my hand trying to get the glaze out of the bottles. It was so thick and extremely hard to work with. When I left the class I knew that I would never ever work with glaze. I hated it and I was sticking to royal icing. You see I love royal icing. A lot of people complain that royal doesn't taste good and that it is rock hard. I don't feel that way at all. I flavor my royal icing well and everyone I know tells me it tastes great. I've also had people tell me that it's not as hard as others they have tried. I believe the key to it not being hard is to immediately cover your cookies as each step dries. I never leave my cookies out all the time. They get covered throughout the decorating process and I believe this helps holds moisture in.
This time around I was in control of my glaze experience because I made it myself and decided what consistency I thought I could work best with. I used Cookie Crazie Pam's recipe which you can find here. The only change I made was to flavor it with lemon which is my go to flavoring. I decided to keep my designs simplistic since the consistency of glaze is so foreign to me. I chose to do a Valentine's inspired design since that's the next holiday coming up. A design in honor of the love of my life. My husband doesn't like to take many pics so this one is about eight years old. It's one of my favorites from when we were a lot skinnier. Lol!
I wanted to see if I could still decorate the same way I do with royal icing. I'm an outline and flood gal so I began by outlining my cookies. I would say that this was about a 10 second icing consistency. You can see that the lines are not as sharp as royal. They don't hold their shape as well.
Based on my knowledge of consistencies I knew that the 10 second icing was not going to hold enough of a shape for me to do details with so I had to thicken it up with powdered sugar. The consistency I decided to use was fairly thick but still soft. I didn't want to go too thick and not be able to get it out of the piping bag. What I noticed is that although the dots stood up as royal does they still had movement and smoothed a bit. I allowed these dots to dry a bit and then finished by adding a center dot.
So what are my overall thoughts on glaze? I don't hate it like I did before but it's just not for me. I love working with royal icing and I don't think I will ever stray away from it. It's all about preference and as decorators you have to work with what you are comfortable with and enjoy.
Now I'm excited for you to see Stephanie's cookies because I got to see a sneak peek and what I saw was awesome. Check out her amazing design here.
In case you wanted to see, here are the cookies I made in the decorating class with glaze. It was a baby and weddings class so the instructor chose the designs.
Now it's your turn to show us your new year, new you designs. Link them down below. In honor of the month of love next month's theme is "Famous Couples". That should be fun. I already know what I want to do.
Thanks for stopping by and happy creating!