The locals and sightseers alike anxiously await springtime in Washington, DC to glimpse the Cherry Blossom Trees, which line the Tidal Basin next to the Jefferson Memorial. Tourists flock into the city from all parts of the world to view the dainty blossoms which are at their peak in April. Cherry Blossom season is celebrated with a week of festivities from a parade along Pennsylvania Avenue to kite-flying at the Washington Monument. There’s even a Cherry Blossom Queen. The blossoms vary from white to pale pink to medium pink and are a stunning sight signifying spring is here.
These magnificent trees were a gift from Japan to the United States in 1912. Japan initially shipped mature trees with the thought they would flower more quickly. However, the trees arrived with disease and bugs and were subsequently destroyed. So, Japan shipped a new bunch of young trees. There are a total of 3,000 trees planted in three varieties and 100 of the originals trees still remain. (Source: PBS-TV)
Rectangular Biscuit Shortbread Cookies
Royal Icing for outlining and flooding tinted Cream with Wilton Ivory
Royal Icing for outlining and flooding tinted Medium Pink with AmeriColor Super Red
Royal Icing for outlining tinted Light Pink with AmeriColor Super Red
Royal Icing for detail tinted with AmeriColor Chocolate Brown
Disposable piping bags & couplers
Wilton Decorating Tip #2
PME Decorating Tip #1.5
Hint: Just a smidge of Super Red on a toothpick will create light pink.
Cookies are decorated in two background colors, cream and medium pink.
Outline cookies with #2 tip in cream icing and medium pink icing.
Flood cookies with cream icing and medium pink icing. Let sit 30 minutes.
Add stems and branches with #1.5 tip in brown detail icing.
Add flowers with #2 tip in light pink icing. Let dry overnight.
SUBSCRIBE - SHARE - COMMENT