Stenciled Royal Icing Transfers with Manu Pezzopane


In this tutorial, the kickoff demo for Cookie Connection’s Watch-Learn-Create Challenge #57, the tables are turned as regular challenge host Manu Pezzopane becomes the featured guest, and past featured guest Evelin Milanesi takes on the role of guest host! It’s quite the mashup of cookie talent!

Manu, a longtime fan of royal icing transfers, explores stenciled royal icing transfers in this demo by making her signature wax seals and dimensional flowers – both simple but striking assemblies of stenciled royal icing. If you’ve ever worked with royal icing transfers, you’ll agree with Manu about how liberating they can be. They minimize the risk of messing up when directly piping on cookies, and they can be arranged time and time again on cookie tops before being iced into place, thus affording the ultimate design flexibility. Not to mention, they add a lot of dimension to otherwise flat cookies, especially when assembled into larger transfers as Manu does here. While Manu focuses on two royal icing transfer designs in the tutorial, her stencil-making, stenciling, and assembly techniques are universal and can be used to make transfers of any shape or size. In fact, at the conclusion of the demo, Manu and Evelin encourage viewers to enter Challenge #57 where they can apply Manu’s techniques to transfers of their own design.

Once you’ve purchased (see “Notes” below about the special Cookie Connection members-only $25 discount), you’ll automatically receive a receipt with a link to a downloadable resource list with links to Manu’s key tools. Then, simply return to this page to view the tutorial as often and for as long as you like. The sneak peek video above will disappear and be replaced with the full-length video. Just remember to log into your account in order to view.

About this Guest: Manuela Pezzopane, affectionately called Manu by her friends and family and known on social media as Manu Biscotti Decorati, resides in Rome, Italy. She is the author of the popular Cookie Connection blog feature Made by Manu, where each month she shares the method behind a magical cookie of her own making. In March 2022, Manu also assumed the role of host of Cookie Connection’s rebranded and reformatted Watch-Learn-Create challenge series, which debuted in a virtual video format in July 2022. A fan of everything handmade, Manu professes to have tried every possible hobby. However, it wasn’t until the end of 2014, when an American friend invited her to a Christmas cookie exchange, that she first discovered decorated cookies. In 2015, after watching Julia’s videos and signing up on Cookie Connection, Manu finally attempted her own designs. Since then, cookie decorating has become Manu’s passion, and her mesmerizing video shorts have earned her a large and loyal following throughout the global cookie community.

Notes: While Challenge #57 is ongoing (through July 7, 2024, 5 pm CT), this tutorial is available for only $5 ($25 off) by applying a special Cookie Connection members-only discount code at checkout. To get this code, click on the discount code button (photo) below. You will be taken to Cookie Connection where you can retrieve the code; you will then be directed back to this page to complete your purchase. If you’re not a Cookie Connection member but want to take advantage of this discount, you certainly can, but you will need to become a member first. Just click the same button, and you will be prompted to sign up for Cookie Connection before you are given access to the code. (The signup process is free and fast!) Of course, you are not obligated to participate in the challenge if you buy this video, but Manu and Julia would certainly love it if you do! Again, for more information about Challenge #57, please visit the challenge kickoff post on Cookie Connection.

If you have any questions about this tutorial or Manu’s work, Manu can be found on either Facebook or Instagram. Julia also encourages you to explore Manu’s large library of Made by Manu tutorials on Cookie Connection.

For other guest tutorials originally filmed for Cookie Connection challenges, check out the “MORE LIKE THIS” section below.


Skill Level: All, as the techniques covered are quite beginner-friendly, yet even advanced decorators will find inspiration (especially in Manu’s assembled contoured transfers!)

Video Format: Recording of live demo by Manu Pezzopane; lightly edited

Video Length: 59:21

What You’ll Learn (~6 Techniques)

  • Materials for homemade stencils (i.e., acetate, Mylar, and parchment paper) and their pros and cons
  • How to make stencils by hand
  • Optimum royal icing consistency for stenciling
  • Stenciling technique for simple 2-D (flat) royal icing transfers
  • Stenciling and shaping techniques for 3-D (contoured) royal icing transfers
  • Methods for assembling transfers, particularly into dimensional flowers

What You’ll Receive:

  • Forever-access to video recording on this site
  • Resource list with links to Manu’s key tools used in this video

Video Outline (Time Stamp):

  • Introduction of guest Manu Pezzopane by guest host Evelin Milanesi (0:00 – 1:12)
  • Demo overview (1:13 – 1:57)
  • Definition of royal icing transfers (1:58 – 6:25)
  • Materials for homemade stencils, and how to make them by hand (6:26 – 12:29)
  • Real wax seal for reference (12:30 – 14:02)
  • Part I: Stenciled wax seal royal icing transfers, with both piped and stenciled embellishments (14:03 – 38:29)
  • Part II: Stenciled petal royal icing transfers, both flat and contoured, along with dimensional flower assembly (38:30 – 57:02)
  • Closing remarks (57:03 – 59:21)

Purchase Agreement: Julia M. Usher, LLC is the sole copyright owner of this video tutorial. Manu Pezzopane, aka Manu Biscotti Decorati, is the sole copyright owner of the companion handout, and has granted permission to Julia M. Usher, LLC to distribute it in perpetuity along with this tutorial. Reproduction, distribution, resale, and/or any other use for financial gain of this video or handout, in whole or in part, are strictly prohibited. However, as the purpose of the tutorials in Julia’s Watch-Learn-Create challenge series is to teach, any knowledge gleaned from this video and handout can be used to make cookies or other products for either personal use or sale. In purchasing this tutorial, you acknowledge that you agree to these terms of use.

Julia’s Return Policy: Due to the online nature of this tutorial, all sales are final.

Video Production: Featured guest Manu Pezzopane, via ECamm Live. Again, this class is a recording of a live online demo, so production value will vary throughout the video depending on internet conditions at the time. It is also only lightly edited, so there may be brief pauses as the guest gathers tools or cleans between demo steps.

Additional information

Tutorial Type

Guest Series

Skill Level

Beginner, Intermediate, Advanced


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