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I tried making flowers with royal icing like I saw you make on your show. I made them on a cookie sheet, but once they were dried, I couldn't get them to lift off without crumbling. I also tried making the flowers on a piece of foil, but the foil kept lifting when I lifted the decorating tip. What did I do wrong?

Sonja - from Youngstown, OH

We recommend making royal icing flowers on waxed paper. For stability, we like to tape the waxed paper to a cake board or cake circle. Once the royal icing flower or other decoration is completely dry, it should easily peel off the waxed paper. Royal icing flowers do, however, still occasionally break, so we always recommend making extras to be sure you have enough for your project. The extras will keep for a long time if stored away from light in an airtight container.

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