How to Create a Royal Icing Poinsettia

December 16th, 2013 by Valerie Pradhan

thumbnail- royal icing poinsetteThe classic elegance of poinsettia makes them a Christmas season staple. Did you know you could create beautiful edible royal icing poinsettias that are perfect accents for your holiday baking? All you need is two decorating tips, a lily nail, some foil, and red and gold royal icing and you can make beautiful poinsettias. Watch our instructional video to see how easy it is to make poinsettias.

If you need more inspiration, we’ve created a two-tiered poinsettia cake and poinsettia cupcakes to give you a starting point to showcase your royal icing poinsettias. What will you decorate now that you know how to create royal icing poinsettias?

Valerie Pradhan Valerie is a decorator at Wilton, and has been working in the decorating room for almost two years. She is a graduate of Temple University and The Culinary Institute of America and has since worked in hotels, specialty shops and bakeries all over the US, from California to Florida. What Valerie loves the most about her job is that she gets to make beautiful creations that taste delicious too and that each day there is something new to learn.

45 Replies

  1. Nirupa says:

    I cannot see the video. May be there is a problem

  2. Gloria says:

    I cannot see the video, is there a problem?

  3. Ruth says:

    I could see the video but not what she’s actually doing. Camera was just focused on the teacher not the Poinsettia! :-S

  4. Sparky says:

    Can’t see the video

  5. barry mcguire says:

    Better camera shots, feel the camera should of been on the creation instead of the decorator. Thank you

  6. Beverley Smith says:

    Sorry but there is no video to watch!

  7. Lynn Bradshaw says:

    I’m glad ots not just me that can’t see the video!!

  8. Ruchael says:

    There is no video to watch

  9. Mari soares says:

    I can’t see the video, but I gess is not just me

  10. Whitacre says:

    focus more on what she is doing with her hands and less on the wall and shelves behind her.

  11. Mary says:

    Why did the camera person back away from the shot when we are trying to see how she is making the poinsettia? She gets about half way through the petal, and then we get a full shot of the decorator. I thought we were to be seeing how to make the flower. I can’t believe that no one from Wilton looked at this before it was put out for us to view. In the future, please stay focused on the flower that we are learning how to make, PLEASE!

  12. Marianela says:

    I didn’t like it. No use to shoot the instructor. Next time focus on project.

  13. MIRELLA says:

    Thank you the video is nice I saw all process.

  14. Zoila says:

    What kind of video is that? You can’t even see the work that she’s doing

  15. Gail says:

    I agree with so many……this was suppose to be an INSTRUCTIONAL video as to how to create a poinsettia and it looked more like a video featuring the instructor. Camera should have focused on the flower the entire time and not back off when it was getting to critical parts. This is really sad coming from Wilton

  16. Lovefrumabove@gmail.com says:

    You cannot see the work all you see is her unfriendly face. Ugh!

    • JOHANNE MONTPETIT says:

      WHAT VIDEO DID YOU WATCH TO SAY SHE WAS UNFRIENDLY SERIOUSLY
      DID YOU NOT SEE THE RED PETALS SHE WAS PIPING AND THE YELLOW DOTS OR WAS I DREAMING I SAW IT.

  17. jacs says:

    I could see it and thanks it is wonderful!! Both myself and my daughter learned from this and cant wait to practice. Thanks!!!

  18. Lorie says:

    I agree with everyone, need to focus on what she is doing and not on her. Cannot see because the camera keeps pulling back. Need to keep camera on when she is showing how to make the flower.

  19. Miguelina martinez says:

    We can see the pretty hairstyle decorator, but nothing like learning how to make the flower.

    • JOHANNE MONTPETIT says:

      MAYBE IF YOU OPENED YOUR EYES AND WATCHED BECUASE SHE SHOWED THE FLOWER PERFECTLY. I’VE BEEN TEACHING THIS FLOWER FOR YEARS AND THERE IS NO OTHER WAY TO SHOW. THEY ARE LEAVES REPEATED IN A CIRCLE THEN A SECOND LAYER WITH THE DOTS IN THE MIDDLE.

      • Caralay says:

        Dear Johanne, since you teach this flower technique this video would be quite fine with you because I am sure you can make this flower in your sleep while others of us can not. Those of us that are learning it for the first time require a closer view of the process. Even in my classes my instructor would show the entire class then walk around and show and help us individually accomplish the technique. If this is not how you teach than I am glad I was not in your class. A video from Wilton needs to show the details up close as if the instructor is giving a one on one teaching not from far away.
        OH, and SHOUTING at people is RUDE!

  20. zainab says:

    why you don’t supply your thing out of America?
    I want to buy so many things from you but I can’t

  21. Dayvee says:

    Awesome! I will try to make this for christmas!

  22. Grace Paulino says:

    I saw the video perfectly ,thanks

  23. tarushika munaweera says:

    In fairness, it was clearly shown…I learned a lot from it.

  24. Patricia Mullen says:

    Not only cannot I not see the video – I cannot understand a word the woman is saying. Why do people who purport to be professionals not speak more slowly and more clearly. She is just mumbling. No point in trying to watch these video.

    • JOHANNE MONTPETIT says:

      EITHER YOUR SOUND ON YOUR COMPUTER DOESN’T WORK BECAUSE WE HEARD HER JUST FINE, DID NOT MUMBLE AND WAS VERY PROFESSIONAL
      AND THE VIDEO WAS WELL MADE.

  25. Dinah Anaya says:

    It may be that some people can’t see this due to the video issues of being compatible with some of the internet programs like Google Chrome, Internet Explorer and Firefox Mozilla. It was a wonderful video and the instructor did a great job of showing how to make 2 tiered leaves to look like poinsettia flower. The camera backed away but also showed close up of all critical steps.

  26. JOHANNE MONTPETIT says:

    I LOOKED AT THE VIDEO AND DO NOT SEE WHAT ALL THE COMMENTS ARE TALKING ABOUT. THEY SHOW VERY WELL HOW TO MAKE THE FLOWER. IF YOU KNOW HOW TO MAKE A LEAF, YOU KNOW HOW TO MAKE THE FLOWER.
    I BEEN TEACHING HOW TO MAKE THIS FLOWER FOR OVER 10 YEARS AND THERE IS NO OTHER WAY TO SHOW IT.

    • Sherry says:

      While there is no other way to make this flower….and anyone who has taught that long would of course know how to make it…the point people are trying to make..is the fact that while the demonstrator is piping..the camera does NOT stay fully on the piping action from point one to end. Not everyone are professional ‘teachers’ of piping flowers. Many people watch these videos to learn something they have never yet tried. Watching the full piping beginning to end is much more helpful.

  27. Carole Desforges says:

    thanks a lot !

  28. Mercy G. says:

    could not see the video

  29. PEACE & LOVE says:

    The red poinsettia is a magnificently, creative transformation of the white lily that is taught in Course 2, lesson 3 on page 26 in the Wilton lesson plan. Only red icing was used for the petals and the center had yellow dots instead of stamens. It actually had 3 layers of leaves JFYI to those who were not able to view the video or the sound, like the rest of us did. Maybe once the camera man zoomed in, on the nail as the flower was being made, I agree he should have stayed there till completion for all to focus better, possibly he can learn from his mistake. As far as her “unfriendly face”…that comment was not nice and not necessary, so who ever said that…YOU just showed your true colors, and they are UGLY! You might want to re-think your name-line or apologize for that kind of “LOVE”.

  30. Sonya says:

    I am a beginner and there is no way I could make these using this video. Almost the entire thing should have been shot at very close range. I couldn’t tell at all what she was doing with the foil in the first step, and the rest of the video was aggravating because it kept zooming out. The narrative was great and I think the decorator did a good job. Not sure who they hired to do the video because this is pretty clueless for someone who supposedly knows how to shoot instructional videos!!!

    • Judy D says:

      To alleviate some of the frustration, my advice would be to sign up for classes at a craft store. I learned a lot there and it was inexpensive. I learned how to use a lily head at a class on fondant, but I don’t like to use fondant and don’t offer it to my customers. Some people really like it, but it takes time and skill development to achieve the amazingly beautiful fondant cakes. My clients wouldn’t be willing to pay the higher prices I would require for a fondant cake. Continue to improve your skills. It’s a delightful way to spend your time, even at the hobbyist level, which is where I started.

  31. Judy D says:

    This video would challenge a beginner, but I’ve been decorating with other flowers for a long time, and I did learn something that I can use. I might have to look through my tools to find my lily head. I usually use just the basic tips, and my customers are happy with their orders. Having the poinsettias made ahead of time would really speed my decorating during the hectic holidays.

  32. Caralay says:

    I was able to view the video but it was fairly useless in showing a new technique. I want to see the details of the technique being performed up close within 2 feet maximum not from 10 feet away. I agree with a few others that someone at Wilton should critique the videos before they are released and make sure that both the cameraman and the person who critiques the video before it is release are not enamored with the person presenting the technique. Also make sure that the person presenting the technique can handle having the camera filming what she/he is doing up close rather than a full room filming. I have seen better videos from Wilton and expect the quality to return.

  33. Caralay says:

    Dear JOHANNE MONTPETIT,
    Thank you for all of your rebuttal comments in a SHOUTING manner. You lead to suspect that you work for Wilton and perhaps was the one responsible for approving the release of this video. Though I am sure I am wrong. Your rudeness and continued insults to those of us that had a problem with the video became out of line quickly. If you respond to my comments please do not shout I will not read or reply to it. Remember when teaching or commenting to others that you do so in a manner to which you would want to be taught or commented to.

  34. Kaye Brooks says:

    A very helpful, instructive, easy to view video thank you Wilton!

  35. Amber Afeman says:

    I’d say this was somewhat informative tho I see what everyone is talking about. It’s my opinion that this is an editing problem, not a cameraman problem. Whoever edited this video blew it by cutting the close-ups off early. And to JOHANNE MONTPETIT, turn your caps lock off genius, it’s rude to type in all caps.

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