I'm going to show you in this instructable, that you- YES YOU, can create an awesome hand piped picture replica on a cake!
Frozen buttercream transfers are pretty easy to do and end with impressive results! I've been so happy with my recent featured instructables that I decided to dedicate this on to the instructables robot! Woo!
Step 1: Materials!
First of all, you’ll need some buttercream. I have no idea if this technique can be done with store bought frosting,(feel free to let me know in the comments! Maybe if you add powdered sugar to it... but I’m very inclined to say no, unless it’s store bought decorator’s frosting. That goopy stuff in a can alongside the cake mixes wouldn’t work at all, I’m sure.
I use the classic Wilton Buttercream recipe: http://www.wilton.com/recipe/Buttercream-Icing
Okay, so you’ll need at least two frosting colors, depending on your design. I recommend gel colors or good high quality liquid colors like Americolors.
You’ll need a frosting bag for each color of frosting and several sizes of round icing tips.
You’ll need a picture that you want to turn into a transfer and a piece of wax paper or parchment paper. Also some tape.
Step 2: Preparation
My picture needed two colors, black and yellow, so I mixed food coloring into two little bowls of icing. Then I put each color into it's own bag. I used a smaller icing tip for the black because it was for the detail and outline.
Next, tape your picture to the counter and then tape the wax or parchment paper over top of that. This is so that they don't slip around while you try to trace the picture.
Step 3: Tracing the Outline
Take your outline color and start tracing! You might need to switch to a smaller tip for some fine detail work. When you're first starting with buttercream transfers, it's best to start with basic images like this this on that aren't overly elaborate. Once the outline is done, you'll want to let it sit for a minute or two to sort of set up.