|Mise en Place, ready to decorate|
I always get everything I need to decorate ready (mise en place), but since I was only doing this as a small batch I didn’t make enough icing to have the thicker in piping bags and the thinned out icing ready to flood in squeeze bottles. But it’s usually a good idea to have all the parts ready at the same time.
|Outline and Flood|
Once the outline has set, thin out the icing using the ten second rule and begin your floodwork. Use the toothpick to pull the icing where you want it to go. I also sprinkled a bit of pink sanding sugar over the red icing while it was still wet for a sparkly finish (not shown until final product). I also used yellow sanding sugar over the wet green icing on the umbrellas for the same effect.
Let the floodwork set overnight (or at least 6 hours), then pipe your finishing touches. In this case, I added seeds to the strawberries and white veins to the umbrellas for dimension.Overall, I think these cookies turned out okay, but next time I’d like to try a variation. Keep the umbrellas more simple, maybe just a one-color flood with detail work over it. Any thoughts on how to improve the strawberries or umbrellas, let me know!