Icing Issues

Oh, we've all had our fair share of icing issues, right? Here's the place to share tips for eradicating air bubbles, avoiding nasty craters, getting the right consistency, and eliminating other types of icing strife!

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Fourth of July Cookie Stencil Sale!

Julia M. Usher
Heads up - 20% off all stencil sales of $25 or more on my partner Confection Couture Stencils ' site! Offer good through July 8. (NOTE: The offer only applies to stencils and can't be applied on top of another discount/coupon code or to my monthly club.) Enjoy! Shop here: www.confectioncouturestencils.com .Read More...

Manu Comes to the Rescue, aka Hurrah to Our June Site Artist!

Julia M. Usher
Thanks to @Manu, who so kindly succumbed to my urgent pleas for site art, we have some wonderfully summery cookies dressing up our banner and backdrop this month! Manu simply repurposed and re-cropped some images from her recent knot tutorial to come up with the following banner and backdrop, which you now see on the site: What a charming harbinger of the coming season, don't you think?! BTW, neither Manu nor I was concerned about the different patch of wood in the...Read More...
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Announcing Our June Live Chat!

Julia M. Usher
Hi, all! I’ve got another awesome live chat for you next month – on June 23, 10 am central to be precise! It’s the second installment in our 2018 CookieCon instructors series, and we’ll be chatting with none other than the über -talented Autumn Carpenter. Autumn is pretty much a household name when it comes to cookie decorating, so it’s no surprise that she’ll be teaching at CookieCon in the fall. She owns Country Kitchen SweetArt (the sponsor of our wonderful challenge prize this month!).Read More...

How to Edit or Delete Your Own Content

Julia M. Usher
Hi, all, I've been receiving an unusually large number of questions about how members can edit or delete their own content. It's super important for you to know how to do this, as I typically do not edit posts for people, unless I happen to see a misclassified image or other typo. It can also take me several hours to days to respond to site inquiries like this, as I work several other jobs. That being said, your surest bet for getting a quick answer is to familiarize yourself with our site...Read More...

Important Reminder about Copying and Posting Characters without Permission

Julia M. Usher
Hi, all, regrettably, I've recently had to delete some images from challenges and other areas of the site due to lack of compliance with Rule #8 of our posting guidelines, which states that artwork (including characters, from Disney, Hasbro, etc.) cannot be copied and posted here without permission from the creator : http://cookieconnection.juliau...READ-BEFORE-YOU-POST In response to those deletions, some members have asked me why so many licensed character cookies exist on the site,...Read More...
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Adjusting Your Email Notifications and Onsite Alerts

Julia M. Usher
We all have different message-reading tastes, so Cookie Connection has been designed to allow for everyone's individual differences! The site's default email and onsite alert notifications are set to show you most of the site info that you could get notified about, just so you're aware of the site's full functionality. But I recognize that this amount of info may (or may not) be overkill for you. That said, I recommend that you edit your "Notifications" settings as soon as you join the site...Read More...

Posting Images - Please Read Before You Post!

Julia M. Usher
Read in Japanese (日本語はこちらから) (Last Translation: August 25, 2017) ________________________________ Hi, all! Before posting images or videos to the Clips area, please review the site's Terms of Use , as well as all of the following posting rules. They are designed to give your images more visibility on the site, to make sure artists are given proper credit for design inspiration and/or source artwork, and to avoid copyright violations. I'll start with the easy cataloging stuff first . . . 1.Read More...
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My White Royal Icing Bubbles! Help!

Carissa
I make all my royal icing from the same exact recipe, however, when I flood with white icing, it ALWAYS bubbles and it looks like little pimples when it dries. I have tried tapping the cookie to release the bubbles, but it does not work. All my other colors are super smooth, no bubbling. I am wondering if it is the white coloring I use? Any suggestions would be most appreciated!Read More...
Last Reply By Julia M. Usher · First Unread Post

Egg Whites - Health Concern in Royal Icing?

Saige L
Hello! I am inquiring about the health factors when making royal icing with egg whites. Most recipes/blogs that I read clearly state to use MP (meringue powder_ if the cookie will be served to a pregnant lady, child, or immune-sensitive persons. Does anyone have any science backing up the above statement? Any advice you can give would be great! I prefer the taste of royal icing with egg whites and it is cheaper than MP, but don't want to potentially harm anyone! Thank you!Read More...
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CK Meringue Powder

Asmita
Hi, I am having issues since the last couple of days with my royal icing. I always use CK brand and use the same recipe and never had a problem like this. When the icing is mixed, I see beige dots or pieces through out the icing and when I try to pipe, it gets stuck in my tips. They are tiny but never before has this happened. Anyone experienced this before or what am I doing wrong? Thanks AsmitaRead More...
Last Reply By Julia M. Usher · First Unread Post

Color from Icing on Lips and Mouth

Hi there. I have problem. I want to know what you all can suggest. As long as I've been working in this business, I just got a complaint from one of my customers. She sent me a pic (which I attached here) that her kid ate my cookies, and all the icing color got stuck on the lips and tongue. She had to wash twice to clean it. She was afraid that I’m using cheap colors that have an effect like that. I explained that it's ok because I'm using food-grade color. I’m here to ask: is all coloring...Read More...
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Icing craters

Jan
When I decorate small areas, I sometimes have icing craters to form as the icing hardens.  Is this because of the consistency of the icing - maybe being too thin?  Any ideas on how to prevent these?Thanks and I LOVE this site!!!Read More...
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Royal Icing Transfer Bleed Fix!

54mama
I’m making 200 cookies for a friend’s son’s Bar Mitzvah and ran into an issue with my RI (royal icing) transfers bleeding! I knew about dark colors bleeding but these were white on yellow so I was surprised (and seriously bummed). I think my transfers were too thin. But . . . fixed them and thought I’d share in case anyone is looking for a fix in the future. It’s not perfect, but pretty good and certainly fine for a slew of teenagers! After the cookies were completely dry, I mixed up some 12...Read More...
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Yogurt Royal Icing

Kimberlie
I know this site has nothing to do with dogs, but I make human and dog cookies all the time. I see dog cookies with yogurt icing that dries hard all the time in stores, some not so good. I'd like to start making my own but I can't find much info on the subject. I'm thinking if I could get one that works well that I can flood and pipe with it could even be a healthy alternative for humans. If anyone knows anything I am all ears and thank you for putting up with my silly questions.Read More...
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Piping on Cookie that Has Dried

brenda1209
After my royal icing (RI) dries and I go back to add details such as dots or an outline around the cookie, etc. . . . after the added detail dries and I touch the detail, it falls off the cookie. What do I need to do to fix the issue? I can't keep telling people to be gentle with the cookie. Any advice is appreciated.Read More...
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Royal Icing Drying Too Fast

I'm hoping someone can help me! I have been doing sugar cookies with royal icing for a couple years now, but for some reason, with this batch of cookies, my royal icing is drying SO fast! I'm not a super quick outliner but I am not slow by any means, and I have NEVER had this happen before. By the time I outline and go to flood, my outline is already starting to dry! Any tips or ideas??Read More...
Last Reply By Julia M. Usher · First Unread Post

Colors Bleeding - Please Help! I've Tried Everything!

Kacie
So take a look at the terrible bleeding in the picture. I've tried everything to stop this problem. In the example, the eyes were wet on wet, so I kind of expected some bleeding from the black into the white (although I'd love to know how to fix this), but then the eyes were left to set for 24 hours before the orange nose was done. After the nose was added I put the cookies in a dehydrator for 15-20 minutes and then left them out to set again. The picture you see is the cookie two days after...Read More...
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Royal Glaze Flood Setting Too Fast

Columbus Cookie Academy
I use Sweet P's Sweets Royal Glaze and on my last few batches have noticed the flood setting up super fast, making any wet-on-wet work difficult. One of the batches was during an in-home class and we used the student's meringue powder which was super old and ended up leaving undissolved clumps in the icing, so I thought that was the issue. Now I'm having the same problem with leftover icing that's been stored in the fridge, and on the counter, and back in the fridge, and color tweaked, and...Read More...
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Nervous About Humidity!

SweetBiscuitBakeShoppe
Hello, all! I have only been decorating sugar cookies for a short while (like 4 months) so I have only dealt with cold and dry weather. Right before Valentine's Day I was icing a batch of cookies when suddenly it was warm and humid outside! My cookies didn't dry for DAYS! I ended up (after the second day of the royal icing not drying) scrapping the batch and starting over, which by then the weather had changed back to blizzardy winter. I have two orders due soon and the weather is supposed...Read More...
Last Reply By Julia M. Usher · First Unread Post

Red Bleeding into White Piping - How to Fix?

Brigitte Thiele
I hope someone has some advice. I made cookies flooded with red icing. Let them dry 24 hours then piped white names and numbers into the cookies. This is royal icing. So of course the white piping has some bleeding into it. Are there any tricks to fix this now? I was wondering about painting white color over the piping ? Anybody have any advice, I would appreciate it ! BrigitteRead More...
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Wilton Meringue Powder - Recipe and Ratio Don't Match

mintwonderland
Hello, The royal icing recipe I have uses 1 egg white with 200g powder sugar. I use egg white powder to substitute the raw egg white, the instruction on the packaging is 1tsp of egg white powder + 7tsp of water equal to 1 egg white. I am confused because recently I am using Wilton meringue powder, on the back of the packaging, it stated 2tsp of meringue powder + 2tbsp of water = 1 egg white, But there is a little recipe come with it said royal icing recipe need 3tbsp meringue powder + 6 tbsp...Read More...
Last Reply By Julia M. Usher · First Unread Post

Icing Texture with Wilton Gel Coloring

stefani
I have been using Wilton gel coloring with my royal icing recipe (powdered sugar, meringue powder, water) and I've noticed that when making a large batch of one color of icing (dark/bold color), the texture changes. Last night I needed a large batch of orange, and it took FOREVER to get the right flooding texture. I know when you add gel, it changes the consistency, but does anyone else have this problem? Or am I just very impatient?Read More...
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Adding Meringue Powder to Royal Icing to Speed Drying?

TeriT
Okay, all . . . I was just sitting here with my mind wandering about icing, since I have a batch of cookies patiently waiting for me. I use Julia's RI recipe with pasteurized egg whites. It always turns out just dandy for me, howeeevvveeerrr . . . I am wondering what would happen if I added say about 2 tablespoons or so of meringue powder. No water, just meringue powder. Since that's what makes the icing harden (I think), wouldn't it make it harden a bit faster? Has anyone tried this yet,...Read More...
Last Reply By Julia M. Usher · First Unread Post

Dark, Deep Colors in Icing

Hiya folks (I'm new) - hi! I'm not sure this is quite the right place for this question (I didn't see quite the right sub-category in Technique Trouble-shooting) but here 'tis. Also, it's kind of basic. I am a fan of really dark, deep, lush colors in my royal icing. But to date, I can only achieve this by what I'd call overdyeing the icing: adding too much color, so that when you eat the cookie later it your tongue turns (for instance) blue. Does anybody have tips for how to make dark colors...Read More...
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