Royal Icing Transfers (Lightning McQueen)

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This is the easiest way to get a classy design onto something edible.  You can use this technique for cakes, cookies, and beyond.  I had experimented so many ways to get Lightning McQueen onto a cookie with the most accuracy and the least hassle.  It turns out - if you have a custom design to do and you want to do it perfectly, it's going to cost you the time to do so.

This process takes a number of days, depending on the quantity that you're creating.

The effect that you get in the end, is amazing!  I'm pretty excited about how these turned out and I will always use this technique when I need a character of some sort.

Example:  "I want a My Little Pony Cake!!!"  All you have to do is find an image online that you like, or you can buy a coloring book at the dollar store for the framework.  EASY! :D  Or, you can draw your own, like I did for this project! :)
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Step 1: What you need.

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old food boxes for light cardboard
wax paper
scotch tape
royal icing, already made into the colors you need
piping bags, tips, squeeze bottles
in idea/image to start with

Step 2: Your Image

Picture of Your Image
I found a version of Lightning McQueen that showed a good angle of him, it was compact enough, and it had enough defining detail for what I needed.  The only problem was that it had too much detail.  So I drew my own version, based on what I was looking at, so that it fit my needs and was recognizable.

Make sure that your object is simplified or executable for your need.  :D  The file that I attached is my drawing.

I drew it out, scanned it, printed it in various sizes and then I decided on the one size that I would use. Once you have it chosen, cut it to size, with some space around it, and tape it onto a slice of cardboard, like a mini sign on a stick.
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Amersroyal2 years ago
Awesome! Would you mind sharing your royal icing recipe for your transfers?
HollyMann2 years ago
I love this! I love that you're not using piping bags...very creative with the squeeze bottles!!!! Also, I have done this before (you can see the writing on my instructable for my son's Sonic Cake) and use this technique when writing the text onto cakes sometimes. But I've only used candy melts for that. Good to know there is another method that may be easier! :)
poofrabbit2 years ago
WOW! I have head about royal icing transferred but never really could wrap my head around it. Your instructable is fantastic and really makes me feel I could do this myself! VERY nice job!
kristylynn84 (author)  poofrabbit2 years ago
thank you!! i hope it becomes a solution for lots of people - i had a hard time trying to figure it all out, but then ... it worked LOL.
Well I'm very glad you did and that you shared! Are you entering the cake contest? I hope so, I'm so voting for ya!
kristylynn84 (author)  poofrabbit2 years ago
omg thank you! :D and yes i am :D <3
Woot! So glad! Hey I had an idea as I was looking at your other recent 'ables. What if you got the smart phone direct link thingamajig you know the square with all the black boxes. (wow I'm feeling dumb I can't recall what these are actually called). Anyway, how cool would it be to make that out of frosting so people could snap a pic of your cookie and take you to whatever website you were directing them too. Wonder if there is way to link it to you instructable page, that would be cool (and it would fit in the make it real contest too) just a random idea after seeing your HTTP cookies and thinking about this 'able. :D (That could maybe ever fit in the spy category it would be away to sent a message to a fellow spy in a restaurant link them to the page you need them to see then they eat the evidence) lol
kristylynn84 (author)  poofrabbit2 years ago
omg lol! i know exactly what you're talking about, but i won't say it "out loud" here, because... agent to agent.. ;) i don't want there to be a leak!!!

that's an amazing idea, and it has inspired me to make another entry!!! i will, of course, deem you as my colleague and partner on this mission. haha :P
that is a lot of lightning McQueen's that would be an interesting race=)
kristylynn84 (author)  Dusk Shadows2 years ago
i know, it's like... he would win. hahaha jk. :P
ether way hes still the best race car lol lol lol
mygibzone2 years ago
Yay! This is very helpful, thank you! :)
kristylynn84 (author)  mygibzone2 years ago
so awesome!!! :D