Friday, 1 March 2013

I MADE: Hand Iced Biscuits

As a massive baking fan I have always loved baking cakes, traybakes and biscuits, so I thought I would try and teach myself a new skill - icing biscuits! I have seen iced biscuits more and more in the shops, especially high end shops, as they are 'in fashion' within the food world. I had to use whatever I had in the house to make these biscuits, which makes them a great rainy day activity.

I used the biscuit recipe in the first 'Cake Decorating' magazine....

I used any cookie cutters I had to make a variety of different shaped biscuits, so that I could practise as many icing skills as possible. But if you were making these biscuits for an event you could theme them, for instance make an 'Afternoon Tea' set with biscuit teapots, cups and saucers, scones, little pots of jam etc.

I chose 5 colours of icing to make up (green, pink, purple, white and blue). The consistency of the icing was quite firm but still able to be squeezed through the piping bag. Ideally you would make a firmer icing and a runnier icing in the same colour but as I wasn't icing that many biscuits I didn't want to waste any icing. You need a firmer icing to make an outline on each biscuit, this acts as a seal for the runnier icing. You place the runnier icing in the middle of the outline and either use the back of a teaspoon or a cocktail stick to gently push the runnier icing to the firmer outlined icing. As I didn't have any piping bags I used sandwich bags; if you push all of the icing into one corner and then snip a very small hole in the corner. There you have it, a very cheap piping bag!

Firstly you need to ice around the edge of the biscuit with the firmer icing and let it set completely. Once it's hard using the 'flood icing' (runnier icing) in the middle of the outline, making sure it touches the icing outline and let that dry completely.

If you want to create patterns then you need to do this when the flood icing is still wet. To make a polka dot pattern just squeeze on dots in a different colour, on to the wet icing. This will settle into the wet icing and once completely dry will be a smooth surface. You could also change the polka dots into hearts by dragging a cocktail stick from the top of the polka dot, through it and out the other side. I am by no means an icing expert, in fact this is only the second time I have ever iced a biscuit but I thought I'd share the basic knowledge I do know :)

Here are some of my creations using this method...

Do you like learning knew skills at home?



  1. These look so cute! Personally, I'm not a huge fan of eating iced biscuits (not sure why!), but these would make a lovely present for someone! x

    1. Aw thank you! I hadn't thought about giving them as a present, lovely idea! :)

      Helen xx

  2. These look adorable - you did such a great job with them too! xxx

  3. C-aute! These look AMAZING! I can't believe they're not shop bought! Your blog is adorable, I'm in love!


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