How to Make Lilacs in Frosting

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How to Make Lilacs in Frosting
(Lilac fiower image by Olga Guseva from Fotolia.com)

Decorating a cake may not make it taste any sweeter, but it can make it look much better. Learning how to make frosting flowers is a simple way to add a festive touch to your cake. Lilacs are the perfect floral accent for springtime birthdays, weddings, graduations or baby showers.

Skill level:
Easy

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Things you need

  • 3 cups frosting
  • 1/4 cup cocoa powder
  • 3 mixing bowls
  • 3 pastry bags
  • Food dye (blue, red and yellow)
  • Decorating tips (numbers 2, 32, 101, 352)
  • Parchment or waxed paper

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Instructions

  1. 1

    Place half of the frosting into a bowl.

  2. 2

    Add one drop of red and one drop of blue food dye to the frosting and mix well. If you want a deeper hue of purple, continue adding food dye one drop at a time until you achieve the desired colour.

  3. 3

    Divide the remaining frosting between the other two bowls.

  4. 4

    Add one drop of yellow and one drop of green food dye to one of the bowls and mix well. For a deeper shade of green, continue adding food dye until you achieve the desired colour.

  5. 5

    Stir the cocoa powder into the last bowl and mix well. For a darker brown, add yellow and red food dye one drop at a time until you achieve the desired colour.

  1. 1

    Insert the rose tip No. 101 into one of the pastry bags and fill with half of the purple frosting.

  2. 2

    On a sheet of wax or parchment paper, pipe out four small petals to create a lilac blossom. Hold the bag at a 90-degree angle so the frosting comes out evenly. Continue making four-petaled blossoms until you have as many as you want for each lilac sprig.

  3. 3

    Place the blossoms in the refrigerator for at least 1 hour to let them harden.

  4. 4

    Insert the star tip No. 32 into a pastry bag and fill with the remaining purple frosting. This tip will build the base for the lilac blossoms.

  5. 5

    Squeeze the pastry bag and let the frosting build into a small mound before finishing off with a small tail. The base should have a 3d comma shape when you are finished. Pipe out two or three bases per sprig.

  1. 1

    Apply the lilac blossoms to each base. If the blossoms do not stick to the base, use a small amount of frosting as glue to hold them in place. Continue adding blossoms until each base is completely covered.

  2. 2

    Insert leaf tip No. 352 into a pastry bag and fill with green frosting.

  3. 3

    Pipe out leaves for each of the lilac sprigs.

  4. 4

    Insert round tip No. 2 into a pastry bag and fill with brown icing.

  5. 5

    Pipe out the stems for the lilac sprigs and leaves.

Tips and warnings

  • Use frosting in different hues to add colour and depth to your lilacs.
  • Make sure the tip forms a seal with the bag before you begin piping. If the tip is not secure, frosting will seep out the sides when you squeeze the pastry bag.

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