After more than two years at Wilton, there are still products that puzzle me. Here is an example. I found this set of plastic lily nails that are used to create icing flowers. But how do these really work? For those who are not familiar with this product, it’s a mystery unsolved, an intriguing object that looks very difficult to use. To find out more about it I headed to the decorating room and enlisted the help of Diane, one of our professional decorators to find enlightenment.
The first thing Diane explained to me is that there are two pieces for each size provided in the set. The one that she uses the most is the 1 5/8” in. You can make several types of flowers and you must use royal icing. The greatest advantage of these nails is that they aid the creation of 3D flowers in advance, so that you can place them on your cake at a later time, even after doing a test layout.
Start by lining the bottom nail with a square of foil. Press the upper nail piece to shape the foil in the bottom bell. Use your fingers to wrap the rest of the foil all around the bottom bell. You can use different pressure to create different foil depths, which will ultimately change the depth of your flower.
To make a lily, use tip #68 to pipe three petals, starting from the center of the bell and pulling up only to the top of the nail. Then start again by layering an additional three icing petals in alternating positions.
Now switch your icing color to a light green, and use tip #14 to create the center of the flower. Finish off by adding three stamen pieces. Gently remove the square of foil from the nail by opening the corners that were folded under the bell. Set the flower aside and let dry on the foil for 24 hours. When set, you will be able to peel away the foil and reveal your beautiful dry icing flower!
Here is an example of a white lily that Diane had pre-made. As you can see it is completely dry and you can place it directly on a cake or on cupcakes.
Thanks Diane for showing us how easy it can be!
Other examples of flowers that you can create with the Lily Nail Set: