You can find the cake decorating tools in my shop at the top portion of my blog page, labeled "Shop with me".
I have made royal icing for years. When my children were little I would find their favorite characters in coloring books that they liked.
I then traced those coloring book photo's with the royal icing. Let it dry until hard and placed it on the cake. It was so simple.
I made Batman, Superman, Popeye, just to name a few. All I did was take the coloring book page, placed it onto a cookie sheet and taped it down. I then covered the photo with wax paper.
After I made the frosting, I tinted it with the colors of whatever my character was.
Using the cake decorating pastry tips and bags, I then filled in the coloring page with the frosting.
I let it dry until hard. Took a spatula and viola, slid it onto the cake.
I loved the looks on their little faces to see how excited they got when they saw their favorite cartoon character on their birthday cake.
Now I will make them for my grandchildren since my kids are grown. I get to have fun all over again, watching them.
My grandson loves Olaf, so I made the frosting a little thicker to give him a snowy look for his upcoming birthday, Antonio will be 4 years old this year.
I used a coloring book page of Olaf and put him on the cookie sheet with wax paper and traced him with Royal icing. For a smooth flat look just add more water. That will give you a smooth sheen using thinner icing and easier to flow depending on your projects.
Over the years I was always leary about using egg whites because even pasteurized there still is a small chance for salmonella.
I continued to use powdered meringue and felt it was safer.
If you would like to use egg white its 3 ounces of pasteurized egg whites, 4 cups of powdered sugar and 1 teaspoon vanilla. Whip until smooth with and electric mixer on high.