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Yield: 1 1/2 cups Active Time: 15 minutes Keeps in a sealed container for several days.
Ingredients: Pasteurized egg whites 1/2 cup Confectioner Sugar 4 cups Water Mixer – standing or handheld
We like to use royal frosting to mount edible toppers on cookies because it is hard to mess up and when left to dry overnight gives you a beautifully decorated cookie that can be easily pacakged and shipped. A perfect party favor, give-way and take-home treat.
Available in all super markets – pasteurized egg whites
Standard Confectioner Sugar – 1lb bag or box works for up to 80-100 2-inch round cookies.
You can add vanilla or my Mom adds lemon juice, which is a nice touch, if you want more flavor, but this is optional.
To Make the Icing: In large bowl or a stand mixer combine 1/2 cup of your pasteurized egg whites. Add confectioners’ sugar gradually and mix on low speed until sugar is incorporated and gets shiny. Turn speed up to high and beat until mixture forms stiff, glossy peaks for about 7 minutes.
Important note: Royal Frosting dries out very quickly. Always leave covered with plastic wrap or an air tight lid. Store in airtight container in refrigerator for up to 3 days.
If you are ready to start painting your cookies take several scoops and add it to your working bowl and mix in a few drops of water at a time until you get the consistency of nail polish.
You need just a thin coat for sugar cookies. For oatmeal or drop cookies that have more nooks and crannies, add even less water to your royal frosting mix. We recommend adding the water a bit at a time to a working bowl because if you accidentally add too much water you can add more royal frosting to thicken. What is too much? – your object is to coat the top of the cookie – if the frosting is too wet it runs down the side. The issue is cosmetic.
To “Top” or Decorate Cookies: Brush the cookies with the royal frosting. Remove the backing from the frosting sheet (flick the back to remove easily). Lay topper flat on wet royal frosting. If you want you can add sprinkles to the edge.
The topper will seem dry when you first apply it. However, it goes through a setting process, where it gets sticky before drying completely. It is important before packaging or stacking the cookies that you leave the cookies out overnight and uncovered. The next day you can package and if boxing, we recommend using parchment paper between layers to protect the image.
Here is a video for how to use royal frosting and edible toppers to decorate cookies – really any homemade or store bought cookies work.
How to-video: Decorate Cupcakes with Edible toppers!
Squirt or spread and stick. No skill required, promise! 🙂
1. For standard size cupcakes we recommend ordering the 2-inch or 2 1/4 inch rounds edible toppers. All sizes are pre-cut. Select the size that works best for you.
2. Here is a link to a vanilla butter cream frosting recipe I used by the Kitchen Magpie, but any butter cream or even store bought frosting works perfectly. We recommend white frosting, works better with the frosting sheet and not to use a whipped cream frosting as these are too moist and dissolve the frosting paper.
3. Let the toppers set 30-60 minutes before serving. Timing depends on the temperature of the room and butter.
4. Another popular method, which I do in the summer with the heat, is to cut out fondant disks, paint with light coat of royal frosting, apply the topper on top and place on your frosted cupcake. There is more work, but on party day, it can be easier to pick up any frosted cupcake, frosting color no longer matters, and you will have the perfect cupcake. If you let the fondant toppers dry, you can stand them up.
And, I almost forgot, a topped cupcake freezes! When you defrost in the fridge, if you have plastic lid, remove this to prevent any condensation from dripping.
My mother is an artist, see cardsbycathrina.com, and does a lot of entertaining and baking. She made edible toppers using her latest owl and bird drawings that she scanned and uploaded to YouCake. Below are the results along with a two-part how-to video— first the baking, then the decorating. She did not film the eating, but they are delicious. She used the following recipe from Eloises Easy Cookies Recipe. She flavored this batch with lemon, she has also done with orange. The top-tip to share is that she added some lemon juice when she thinned the royal frosting mix…a really, nice touch.
Since the toppers stay fresh in their sealed bags unopened for about a month, she took a pack with her to France. When she has guests come over she can make a batch of cookies and top them with her lovely owl art.
YouCake’s mission is celebrate our family, our friends, colleagues- our lives, work and play. What makes a great YouCake are these personal moments, expressed in the most fun way possible – at a party and on a dessert.
Problems pop up when we google for cake topper party ideas, rather than go through our iphones and personal digital images for inspiration. Copyright laws are meant to protect the brands, publishers, artists and businesses. On the rare occssion an image falls under public domain, most images on the web belong to somebody and cannot be used without permission. From time to time, the images are for sale through vendors such as istock. This includes children’s characters, sport franchises, and even celebrities. Here are two articles that answer all these questions – the most common among them – “Other bakeries do it, why can’t I” and “You are giving companies free advertising, they should love that I want to reprint their image.”
There is no way around using other people’s work without permission. You can ask or you can make your own. Just because you are a fan of Spider Man, Calvin and Fineus, or Iron Man doesn’t mean you can’t still celebrate your love and passion for them. Submissions that come in of personal drawings, kids in their super hero costumes, or personal photos of game best scores, wearing your favorite team t-shirt or hat to pay homage…stuffed animals that you are hugging…these are your things and they can be celebrated!
When a logos used for advertisements gets replaced with a personal image…see how much more fun when we celebrate what is most important, ourselves, not the brand.
What could be better for Easter then homemade Carrot Cake cupcakes with cream cheese frosting. To make them festive and seasonal, decorate with the YouCake Easter Toppers. Toppers are edible images that apply to any frosted cake, cookie or cupcake. Here is the before and after.
The fist step is to find a yummy recipe for carrot cake cupcakes and cream cheese frosting. I used this recipe from Real Simple magazine. The only change I made was that I added some Bourbon soaked raisons and used a little less of the brown sugar.
The fun thing about carrot cake is that with all the carrots, topped with cream cheese, you can justify this cupcake as a breakfast treat : )
Now to decorate…once you make cupcakes and cream cheese frosting, give each cupcake a squirt of frosting. Remove the toppers from their sealed bag. Remove the wax paper backing they come with and press them flat on the cupcake. Make sure your hands are dry when you handle the edible images.
Just make sure that the topper is flat. Then, if you like, add some sprinkles.
Let the toppers set for 30 minutes, then eat. The toppers are 100% edible – extra pretty and fun frosting.
For those who like to prepare ahead. Cupcakes with the YouCake edible toppers freeze perfectly. De-thaw your frozen cupcake in the refrigerator. When de-thawing, remove the lid or cover of the container that they are being stored in to prevent any condensation that may drip onto the top of the cupcake.