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You can copy pictures that look really hard by Xeroxing them! I take a picture, and enlarge it
to the size that I need. Then I cut the picture out, and carefully cut along important lines.
Make sure that your icing has started to set before you put the cut picture on the cake. Then gently
rub along the edges of the picture. Make sure you also push down where ever you have cuts. Then very
carefully lift the picture off the cake. You can follow the lines you have made to out line the picture.
Some good examples of this method are the RTA cake and the western cake.
In the Wilton book (check it out from the library; I think it is the 2nd
one), it's give very explicit instructions on how to make color flows. I
take a pic (like the Winnie the Pooh), and Xerox it. I enlarge it to
the size I need. You tape it to a board, and cover it with wax paper.
Then you outline it with color flow (not thinned). (The Wilton color
flow stuff is kosher.) You need to wait a few hours or a day for it to
harden. If you don't, then the colors will run. You then thin the
icing way down. You don't even need a tip when you use it. After you
are all done, you have to let it dry for a few days. I usually cut
around on the wax paper, and set it on the cake, wax paper and all.
That way, if they want to keep the design, they can. The books tell you
to peel it off the paper, and set it on sugar cubes.
**For better tasting black icing, start with a dark chocolate. You don't
have to add a lot of black, and therefore your icing will not be as bitter.
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