How to Make Grass Icing

Written by annette lyn o'neil Google
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Flawless cake decorating requires a precise hand, an artistic eye, lots of practice and savvy technique. To create desserts that burst forth with a profusion of realistic springtime "grass," you'll need to call upon all these skills -- as well as a few helpful pointers.

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Things you need

  • Frosting bag
  • "Grass" frosting tip
  • Parchment or waxed paper (optional)

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  1. 1

    Tint medium-consistency buttercream frosting to your liking using a green frosting tint. Avoid using a grocery-store food colouring, as it can thin your frosting and make your grass less-than-grassy. Craft stores commonly carry these frosting tints.

  2. 2

    Fill a frosting bag with the green icing.

  3. 3

    Fit a "grass" tip to the frosting bag. Craft stores often carry them and can recommend the best in their selection.

  4. 4

    Hold the frosting bag at a 90-degree angle to the cake. The tip should be very close to the cake (about 1/8 inch from the surface) but not touch it.

  5. 5

    Squeeze gently and evenly while you slowly and smoothly lift up the bag.

  6. 6

    Stop the lifting and squeezing motions for a moment when the "grass" reaches the length you prefer.

  7. 7

    Lift the bag away to disconnect it from the newly frosted blades of grass.

  8. 8

    Repeat this motion, keeping the clusters of "grass" tight together, until you've covered the section of cake you're decorating with your delicious "lawn."

Tips and warnings

  • Your "grass" will look more natural if you occasionally pull very slightly to the left or right as you lift.
  • Practice your technique on a piece of parchment paper. You can practice indefinitely if you scoop up the "practice grass" and put the frosting back in your bag each time.
  • If you're short on time, colour shredded coconut with green icing tint and press that into the cake instead.

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