Sep 29


How to Pipe Royal Icing Lines

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Hello, hello!

It was a crazy kind of weekend (in a good way), and I was so happy to meet some of you at Canada’s Baking & Sweets Show! Such fun meeting kindred cookie-decorating spirits, and as usual, I neglected to get photos – I am a little camera shy myself but I’d love photos of you to remember the weekend by, if you’d like to send them to me or tag me somewhere on the social media sphere.

In preparation for some cookie decorating demos, I played around with Halloween “themed” royal icing, and thought I’d share a piping royal icing lines recap below for you. Please click HERE for a detailed explanation of each tip.

Key Tips for Piping Royal Icing Lines:

  • Icing consistency is key
  • Use a #1 or #1.5 PME piping tip
  • Don’t overfill your piping bags
  • Let the icing fall onto your cookie
  • Practice on some cookies you don’t need, first (Yay for “mistake” snacks!)
  • Use an even amount of pressure on your piping bag, and if your hands are shaky, rest your wrists on the table
  • Avoid pulling the icing
  • Try not to pipe too fast, slow and steady wins the race (sorry, couldn’t help it)
  • Use a toothpick to correct mistakes or little blobs of icing at the beginning of each icing line (I don’t always do that though – depends on how picky I’m feeling πŸ˜‰ )
  • Again, you can find a detailed explanation of all these tips HERE.

Video on How to Pipe Royal Icing Lines

I’ve got a video for you on how I pipe lines here (and below) as well.

Did you notice one of the edible pearls on the orange cookie fell off sometime during my demos this weekend? I didn’t notice until now – oops!

Piping lines is really such a fun and easy way to decorate with a few key tips, it’s a perfect way to use up some leftover geometric cookies, as they can easily be matched to any theme. Every time I play around with this technique new designs happen, and I’d have to say, it’s probably my second favorite way to decorate, next to marbling icing.

Hope you have fun with it too, and happy decorating!



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  1. Jenny H.
    September 30, 2013 at 5:43 am | Permalink

    Hello Marian!
    Love the cookies!
    Love the colourscheme! I’ll do some Halloween-Cookies and a two-tired-cake for a Halloween-Party this year and chose the same main colours for the cake. πŸ™‚
    I’ll take your cookies for inspriration for my cookies!

    Thanks for another lovely post πŸ™‚

    • marian
      September 30, 2013 at 10:17 am | Permalink

      Yay! I’d love to see them if you’d like to tag me somewhere on social media. πŸ™‚

    • Jenny H.
      September 30, 2013 at 11:28 am | Permalink

      Thanks Marian! I will post them on your facebook page! πŸ™‚

  2. September 30, 2013 at 5:53 am | Permalink

    looks beautiful but I don’t think I would have the patience to make any of these. I applaud you for a job well done.

    • marian
      September 30, 2013 at 10:19 am | Permalink

      You never know! I didn’t think I would either, but it gets fun, really!

  3. September 30, 2013 at 6:21 am | Permalink

    Marian, your skills never cease to amaze me – these cookies are stunning. Something to aspire to for folks like me! Beautiful!

    • marian
      September 30, 2013 at 10:29 am | Permalink

      Thanks Mardi! I’ll bet you and your Petit Chefs are already on your way to being experts!

  4. Roshini
    September 30, 2013 at 6:56 am | Permalink

    Hi Marian,

    I wonder if I can EVER make such straight lines like yours!!
    Beautifully done cookies. Amazing job!

    • marian
      September 30, 2013 at 10:30 am | Permalink

      Absolutely, you could! Thanks for the sweet comment!

  5. Julie S
    September 30, 2013 at 7:08 am | Permalink

    It was so great seeing you this weekend! It was a real pleasure being able to watch you in action! You’ve inspired some cookie decorating in the very near future!

    • marian
      September 30, 2013 at 10:31 am | Permalink

      It was great to see you as well, Julie! Hope you enjoy decorating, and if you have any questions, am happy to help!

  6. September 30, 2013 at 7:58 am | Permalink

    Marian my lines never come out even and straigh, no matter what I do. They’re usually wider in the beginning too, and get thinner as I move along for some reason. Thanks so much for the tips. I am going to keep working on this. Yours are just perfect!

    • marian
      September 30, 2013 at 10:33 am | Permalink

      Hi Colleen,
      Mine come out wider at the beginning as well… It’s hard not to put too much pressure at the beginning. I often use a toothpick to scrape a little of the excess off. If they get a bit thinner as you go along, try and pay attention to see if you’re pulling the line of icing, instead of letting it fall.

  7. Maria Helena Cella
    September 30, 2013 at 8:05 am | Permalink

    Just amazing…you are great..

  8. Rima
    September 30, 2013 at 8:23 am | Permalink

    Thank you so much for taking the time to show us how you make the most perfect lines! Also, your instructions are so clear, they make it look easy, almost! πŸ˜‰

  9. September 30, 2013 at 9:06 am | Permalink

    WOW! So cool! You are beyond talented!

  10. September 30, 2013 at 9:29 am | Permalink

    Wow! Your technique is unbelievable! Love this tutorial!

  11. September 30, 2013 at 9:46 am | Permalink

    goodness, these lines are SO precise and SO perfect!! how do you keep a steady hand? haha i’d be shaking all over the place!!

  12. Marilyn
    September 30, 2013 at 9:56 am | Permalink

    Good seeing you again and chatting about teaching and baking! As usual your demos and incredible work left me inspired! I always learn so, so much from everything “Sweetopia”.

    • marian
      September 30, 2013 at 10:39 am | Permalink

      Hi Marilyn! It was good chatting with you yesterday too! Have fun decorating and send me photos or tag me on social media if you like! xo

      Thanks for the comments everyone!

  13. September 30, 2013 at 10:38 am | Permalink

    Good day to ya Marian!!! I just adore your site and these cookies and your talent are the reasons why! Everything you show and teach us, is fun. It’s beautiful. It’s relaxing. It gives such pleasure to hide away for a while from everything else that is going on in the world and immerse ourselves in happiness. Thanks so much for this post, and for all the other posts you have ever shared with us! Blessings!

    • marian
      September 30, 2013 at 10:50 am | Permalink

      Wow, Toni, what a lovely compliment, thank you! <3

      Thanks, Aimee!

  14. September 30, 2013 at 10:45 am | Permalink

    Really outstanding, Marian. Love your colour choices, too!

  15. Miriam
    September 30, 2013 at 11:11 am | Permalink

    Marian, thanks for posting this great tip, you make it look so easy I was just mesmerized watching you do all those lines. Love, love, love your cookie decorating.

  16. September 30, 2013 at 12:06 pm | Permalink

    I am the worst t this- I have a lot to learn about decorating with icing- what a great tutorial!

  17. September 30, 2013 at 12:35 pm | Permalink

    I find it odd I never noticed the missing pearl! If you could have seen how closely I was checking everything out (or so I thought). I actually went back after you mentioned it for a look. This is encouraging to me, though, because I obsess over things like this ALL THE TIME, and I’m thinking that if I never noticed your missing pearl, then maybe others aren’t noticing every tiny detail on my work! Great post (as always). xx

    • marian
      October 4, 2013 at 10:06 pm | Permalink

      Thanks so much, Peggy! Funny how many times I was looking at the cookie, but never noticed, too!

  18. Angie Young
    September 30, 2013 at 1:43 pm | Permalink

    Hi Marian. I reference your site often for techniques and I am so appreciative for all of the beautiful cookies and cupcakes etc that you put on here and then share with us. I use both your sugar cookie and RI recipe for my cookies and everyone loves loves loves them (I do too). I watched the video and I think you said you use the 10 second icing for the lines as well as the flooding. What about for the ball borders? Perhaps my icing was a little less than 10 second, but it seemed like the balls were flattening out too much when I tried with my regular flooding icing.

    • marian
      October 4, 2013 at 10:04 pm | Permalink

      Hi Angie,
      If they’re flattening out, yes, the icing may be a bit too runny. Try thickening it a bit with icing sugar. Thanks for your compliments btw! xo

  19. September 30, 2013 at 2:07 pm | Permalink

    UGH this timely post just reminded me I should be baking cookies for my little ones birthday this Saturday. I hate the rolling and baking of the cookies, i have no space in my fridge to chill things. Wish I could get pre baked cookies and just decorate!


  20. Pam G
    September 30, 2013 at 3:08 pm | Permalink

    Beautiful!! How do you over lap the lines?? Is there a technique for that?

    • marian
      October 4, 2013 at 10:03 pm | Permalink

      HI Pam,
      You can see a few examples in the video in this post if you like. It’s probably a lot easier to understand than my explanation. πŸ™‚

  21. September 30, 2013 at 4:06 pm | Permalink

    Amazing tutorial, Marian. Thanks for sharing. You have the steadiest hands ever! Love the clean lines πŸ™‚

  22. September 30, 2013 at 5:22 pm | Permalink

    Gorgeous as usual! Wish I was as talented as you!

  23. September 30, 2013 at 7:07 pm | Permalink

    Just stunning, Marian. Truly works of a art!

  24. Maria Theresia
    September 30, 2013 at 7:39 pm | Permalink

    beautiful amazing work. You are the best!
    Love all your work. I hope you had a great time at the show last weekend.

  25. September 30, 2013 at 8:03 pm | Permalink

    Gosh girl ~ you have AMAZING patience!! Beautiful work πŸ™‚

  26. September 30, 2013 at 10:27 pm | Permalink

    Great tutorial, Marian! Love the pretty fall colors! πŸ™‚

  27. Beverley
    October 1, 2013 at 1:57 am | Permalink

    Thank you so much for sharing this with us. I am a butter cream girl through and through but your tutorials tempt me very much. Gorgeous cookies and beautiful page.

    Beverley xoxo

  28. October 1, 2013 at 10:36 am | Permalink

    So beautiful and so perfect! You keep inspiring me Marian. Thank you
    Best wishes xx

  29. October 2, 2013 at 10:21 am | Permalink

    What amazing detail!

  30. October 8, 2013 at 9:45 am | Permalink

    Marian – I’ve been a fan of yours for years…..I remember you were my first go to source when I began my cookie journey. We are all so lucky to have you as our “mentor”. You are generous with your knowledge and inspire all of us. Thank you for being you. xoxo

    Brooklyn, NY

    • marian
      October 8, 2013 at 11:07 am | Permalink

      Aw, thank you so much, Yvie, for your sweet comment!

  31. October 14, 2013 at 10:35 am | Permalink

    These are just perfection and so precise. I need to practice more!

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