Outlining and Flooding Q&A

Undeniably the cornerstone of cookie decorating, outlining and flooding are crucial to master before you start layering on other techniques. Still trying to figure them out? Ask here.

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Dark Pitted Look After Icing Dries

Deena
When I use red coloring or darker colors, I sometimes get these "pitted" dark spots after it dries. Is my icing too thin ? Or does this happen when you use too much coloring. I try to get all my air bubbles out that I see while the icing is wet. Any advice? Have to make more Falcon cookies for the playoffs and don't want this look again! Attached are some pictures. The pictures don't show it as much, but you can really see them in real life more.Read More...
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How Quickly Do You Flood After Outlining?

stefani
I'm having trouble with the smoothness of where my flooding and outlining icing meet. I try to use the "toothpaste consistency", 20-second RI (royal icing) when outlining, then a thinner consistency when flooding, but a lot of times it looks like this picture. Other times it's very smooth. I don't get it! Any advice? I usually outline all of the cookies, then move onto flooding.Read More...
Last Reply By Lucy (Honeycat Cookies) · First Unread Post
I'm just curious what size tip everyone uses to flood their cookies. I've always used a size 5 tip. When I went to visit Hayley of HayleyCakes and Cookies, she was flooding with a tip 10; it was waaayyyyy faster. The problem I'm running into with using a larger tip is that I have way more air bubbles than when I use a smaller one.Read More...
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Problem with Black Royal Icing

JackieLynn
Here are some cookies I am working on. As you can see, the red and white frosting is fairly smooth while the black has dents and craters. All three are from the same batch and all three went on smoothly but dried differently. This is my second attempt with the same results. I used the AmeriColor. Is there something different about the black?Read More...
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Icing That Curls When Piped

RM0120
I just learned how to make royal icing and recently tried cookie decorating for the first time. When I went to pipe the icing onto my cookies, the icing kept curling as I pushed it out of the parchment paper cone. I tried making thinner icing and cutting a bigger hole in the cone, but neither helped me. Any suggestions how to fix this would be helpful. Thanks!Read More...
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Problems with Outlining with Royal Icing - Drying Too Fast in Bag?

Hi all! I´m both new to this forum and to cookie decorating, and I need help. I've been practicing a lot with cookies, and Ive got pretty decent results but I usually have a problem. I prepare my outlining RI to a tooth paste consistency and then transfer it to a piping bag. I keep my bags on a tall glass with a wet paper in the bottom so they don't dry out. However, after a while the RI seems to be dry because it starts coming out differently, I get more peaks and it's less manageable. I've...Read More...
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