Royal Icing "Glue"

I'm fascinated by Julia's 3D cookies, especially the baskets.  Despite being a newbie at cookie decorating, I just HAD to attempt to make one.  I was very pleased with the way it turned out.  However, I discovered that no matter how careful I was when moving it, the basket would not stay together.  The royal icing was just not holding it in one piece.  It made me wonder how on earth I would transport these if I ever made them to sell.  Has anyone had that experience? Was it my icing?

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Hi, thanks for trying out my baskets. Re: my icing "glue," I use a very thick consistency and allow it to dry fully before transport. (See my recipe on my site, if you haven't already: http://www.juliausher.com/blog/more/royal_icing.) I travel with 3-D pieces laid on their sides for more stability. (If they have a base, prop up the end without the base - i.e., the basket end in this case - with a little bubble wrap, so there's less pressure on the base.) I've traveled across the world (literally) with baskets and boxes with no falling apart, but you have to start with a very thick icing, allow adequate drying time, and handle them carefully. (My only breakage during travel has occurred when someone or something hit my carrying containers . . .)

Hello, would you excuse me if I join the conversation and ask Julia how do you travel with your cookies, I mean, which kind of containers and, are you allow to travel with them at the aircraft cabin with majors issues being it food?

 

thank you so much.

 

cheers, Marta  

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Julia, thank you so much for all the helpful information.  I realize now that I may not have allowed it to dry enough before I moved the basket.   I absolutely love all your creations and will attempt to make another basket with the royal icing in the right consistency.

 

P.S.  I just received your Ultimate Cookies book.  I can't wait to try some of the projects! 

Originally Posted by mimibu:

Julia, thank you so much for all the helpful information.  I realize now that I may not have allowed it to dry enough before I moved the basket.   I absolutely love all your creations and will attempt to make another basket with the royal icing in the right consistency.

 

P.S.  I just received your Ultimate Cookies book.  I can't wait to try some of the projects! 

Great - thanks! I hope you enjoy the book!

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