how to make royal icing filigree

I love delicate, lacy designs of filigree icing work for the top tree!

Creating a Colorado Christmas cake has been a pet project of mine for a while now, since last Christmas. Sydney and I designed the cake together, she constructed the filigree templates and the trees. It was an incredible experience working with Sydney for our first  project, since she arrived home. I will admit didn’t sleep much, however it was worth it. Watching the cake come to life as I added each tree, as Sydney directed where each should be placed, her eyes began to glisten. She was able to stand a few feet and see the entire cake. If you have someone who can stand back it is very helpful, I was very close to the cake and it was hard (impossible) to see it as a whole cake.

Colorado Christmas Cake:

how to make royal icing filigree

The tree is made with a creamy soft peak consistency of royal icing that is positioned on the cake after it dries.



  • Parchment paper cornets, cones
  • 1 disposable plastic piping bag (without a tip cut to #3 tip size),  or a sandwich bag with the bottom cornrer cut to # 3 tip size
  • PME or Bekenal 1.5 tip, or you may use the just the cone with a small whole
  • #0 artist brush
  • Scriber tool
  • Kemper mini spatula
  • PME holder or damp rag
  • PME holly leaf plunger and cutter
  • Kit Box snowflake cutter
  • Dampened paper towel
  • Filigree tree template
  • Masking tape
  • Cellophane
  • Parchment or tracing paper
  • Icing sugar (to snow the cake)
  • Eye dropper, for adding water to Royal icing

Visit Shop 5th Avenue Cakes for supplies

how to make royal icing filigree

Welcome majestic Colorado!

Once the cake is cooled wrap in parchment paper cover with plastic wrap and place in the freeze for 2 hours.

Remove from the freezer, cut the top off the cake to level it. Brush with apricot jam and cover with marzipan. Let the marzipan dry for 2 days and cover with fondant (allow the fondant to dry for 1 day).

Now it is time to decorate!

We chose to use a square 10 inch cake board covered in fondant and wrapped a blue ribbon around the edge.

Dust your cake with a blue shimmer, and pipe little round royal icing balls in groups of three.

Add your holly leaves and snowflakes with a drop of royal icing.

Sift icing sugar over the cake to look like snow.

After your filigree tree is dry place a small round flower paste (gumpaste) circle in the centre of you hexagon cake and pipe a thin line of royal icing (off peak consistency ) following the bottom of the tree and GINGERLY attach. Allow to dry for several hours.

Add the side trees to each side of the cake, starting with one side tree in the middle, and adding two side trees to the middle tree. If you need more trees add one at a time to each side.

If you have any questions please leave me a message.

Happy Holidays!

how to make royal icing filigree

When you look down on the filigree tree it should be symmetrical!


how to make royal icing filigree


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