To put off the beauty product dilemmas just a little longer, today I decided to try my hand at royal icing. First, I separated an egg and beat the white by hand to soft peaks with a whisk. I know, I know, I said in my year-end wrap-up that I have no patience for separating eggs, but I'm trying to become a better person in oh so many ways in 2010, so I've been parting yolks and whites with abandon this week. And I'll admit, grudgingly, that it's not so bad, whipping egg whites. My biceps are looking better.
Anyway, then I added powdered sugar to the egg white until it was pretty stiff. I probably used three cups of sugar at least. I separated the goo into two bowls and tinted them blue and green:
Then I put the colored goo into two small zip-top bags and snipped off the ends.
And then I made this on top of one of yesterday's cupcakes...
...which, if you look carefully, is a reasonable facsimile of the logo of the Ovarian Cancer Research Fund.
Okay, not perfect. But a step in the right direction, you'll admit. I might have made the icing too loose, though. It didn't hold its shape very well as I was piping it. Next time, more sugar.