Feb 14, 2012

Trouble with royal icing

 Consistency is everything!  This is true not only in parenting, but in decorating cookies.

Are you having trouble working with your royal icing?

Trouble such as....

You can't seem to smooth out those blobs no matter how hard you try?  Your circles are not circles but.....well.... blobs with a point. And not a good point either. Real good cookiers don't have points.

So what is the problem?

Your icing is TOO THICK.

What is the solution?

Thin out your icing.  A lot.  I learned this from http://www.sweetsugarbelle.com She said your icing should be about the consistency of shampoo, and this one statement has changed my cookie decorating life forever (Thank you Ms.Callye!! )

Here is what those blobs will turn into if your icing is of proper consistency:

Smooth, round, non-blobby, non-pointy drops of perfection!

The best way I have heard to thin out your icing is also recommended by Sweetsugarbelle

Shpritz it!  This technique was developed by onetoughcookienyc and it has also changed my life forever.  Thank you Ms.onetoughcookienyc-I don't know your name (hi, I'm Michele!)

And my final tip in this post that I have recently learned:

If you want to make a defined area when working with properly thinned out icing, such as "quilty looking squares".... you need to let alternating areas dry a little before doing the bordering areas.  Because if you don't, they will end up all running together like this:

when what you wanted was this:

I hope this was as helpful for you as it was for me! :)


  1. Hi! I'm Gail and I'm THE Tough Cookie from One Tough Cookie. I'm so happy you like my shpritz bottle trick!
    It's purely an accident that I even blogged about it, too. I was teaching a blogger friend a few new tricks and pulled out the spray bottle because my royal was a bit thick. Her eyes lit up and said OMG, THAT IS GENIUS! YOU HAVE TO WRITE A BLOG POST!
    So, we both learned something: my friend learned a few new decorating tricks and I learned that sometimes what I think is so second nature to me, isn't necessarily secong nature to otheres.

  2. Hi Gail, nice to "meet" you. I know what you mean about finding out the best things by accident or when you realize that what you think is second nature to you might not be to others. That's why we blog, right? To share and learn together! Thanks for stopping by my blog! :)


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