Iced Biscuits

Blighty Bakes: Trooping the Colour!

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!!

OK well, sorry, but it only happens if you’re the Queen, but hey, its nice to dream 🙂

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!!)

  1. 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!!
  2. I flooded the face with a flesh coloured icing
  3. Flooded the coat with red icing
  4. 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.
  5. 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!!

Other Blighty themed treats to check out:
London Cookies (Lizy B)
British Themed Cookies (Flour Box Bakery)
Beatles Cookies (Haniela’s)

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  • Sarah

    Shel, these are the cutest cookies I've seen. How adorable, each one! Do you mind if I pin the last image? Thanks for sharing these ideas. ~ Sarah

    17th June 2013 at 2:20 am
  • shel young

    Hi Sarah! Thank you so much! I don't mind at all if you pin them, go for it!! thanks for thinking of it 🙂

    cheers Shel

    17th June 2013 at 9:04 am
  • Ritchil Shafer

    Your cookies are so cute! Pinning!

    I'm visiting from the Party In Polka Dots link party. Have a great week!


    18th June 2013 at 2:38 pm
  • shel young

    Thank you Ritchil! 🙂

    18th June 2013 at 8:36 pm
  • cooking with curls

    Those are absolutely adorable!!! I can't wait to look around and see what else you have. I found you at Two Cup Tuesday!

    18th June 2013 at 8:52 pm
  • Janine Eshelbrenner

    These came out great! I love the texture the sparkling sugar adds to the hat!

    19th June 2013 at 3:08 am
  • shel young

    Thank you so much!!

    19th June 2013 at 9:05 am
  • shel young

    Hi Janine

    thanks so much, yeah it makes it stand out a bit! I have a sanding sugar obesession at the mo, I'm adding it onto everything!

    thanks for stopping by 🙂

    19th June 2013 at 9:07 am
  • Natasha In Oz

    Thanks so much for sharing your gorgeous cookies at the Say G'day Saturday linky party. You are so clever!

    I will be featuring your post at this week's party.

    Best wishes and hope to see you again this weekend!
    Natasha in Oz

    28th June 2013 at 3:15 am
  • shel young

    thanks again Natasha 🙂 I'm so happy to be featured!

    will definitely be popping over this weekend 🙂

    28th June 2013 at 12:06 pm
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