Hello! Its been a while hasn’t it? I do apologise, I’ve been trying to get things sorted with the business for the last few weeks. I’ve been doing the boring stuff like tax etc, and trying to figure out Google Adsense, but also the cool stuff like trying to improve my photos, work on some new designs and open my Etsy shop!! Well, I managed everything but figuring out Google Adsense, my god how complicated is that?!
Anyway, enough of all that! How cool would it be to have two birthdays?!! Yes I know! Very cool! Presents without actually being another year older!! Brilliant!! And not to mention two birthday cakes! Tremendous!!
Today down in London they are ‘Trooping the Colour’ to mark the Queen’s official birthday. In case you didn’t know her real birthday is in April but the weather is
always sometimes bad in the UK in April so we have a summer celebration instead.
And I thought I’d make some biscuits to celebrate too!!
Trooping the Colour is a big pomp and ceremony military tattoo which starts with a procession of the Queen and the Household Cavalry down The Mall from Buckingham Palace and it culminates with one of the foot guard regiments trooping their colour (basically flying their flag) for the Queen. Once the ceremony is over the Queen travels back to Buckingham Palace where she joins the rest of the Royal family on the balcony for a flypast from the Air Force.
To be honest I’ve been itching to try some British soldiers, and I’m so chuffed I did! I think these are my favourite of all the biscuits I’ve ever done!!
I broke the close up version soldier down into steps to show you how I did them but the full length little guy was done the same way. Except he has legs and arms!
You will need:
- Square biscuits
- Food marker (I used two, you could get away with one)
- Flesh coloured icing
- Red icing
- Black icing
- Black sanding sugar
- Light brown icing
- Gold lustre dust
- Alcohol (I used vodka)
(Yes, I do think there should be a step between 4 & 5 and I honestly thought I’d taken that photo but obviously not!!)
- I outlined the soldier’s hat and coat with a food marker and used a scribe to mark the face. I learnt a lesson here, I won’t be doing that again, there are way too many crumbs to deal with!!
- I flooded the face with a flesh coloured icing
- Flooded the coat with red icing
- When both of these were dry to the touch, I flooded the hat with black icing and immediately added black sanding sugar to give the hat a little definition.
- Added black detail to the shoulders. Once these were dry I added light brown details and then used the gold lustre dust and alcohol to paint them gold using sugarbelle’s tutorial. (The crowns were decorated this same way)
For the flypast biscuits I thought I’d be really clever (after the success of the black sanding sugar for the bear skins) and I thought I’d do the three different colours of smoke with sanding sugar. Unfortunately, there was waaaay too much jumbling of those little beads and I was picking them off for ages!! Another lesson learnt!!! (I may have just been impatient and not waiting until each colour was dry though!!)
And doesn’t everything just look better with a Union Jack or 6?
Although I had a few problems I loved making these! I’m feeling very patriotic today 😉
Happy Birthday your Majesty!!