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Reply to "Best Way to Calculate Amount of Icing Needed"

Here's a tip from Tracy at Whisked Away Cutters that was posted several months ago to this site; I think it's very helpful: http://cookieconnection.juliau...-icing-amount-needed

 

I don't worry much about leftover icing because it can be frozen and remixed into other colors, but . . . you can easily extend Tracy's idea if you are working with a more complex design and multiple colors by drawing out the design and placing it on a scale. Then add white icing to each of the areas you need to color a different color, weighing after you've filled all of the areas that need that color. This will give you the weight of that color needed for one cookie. Continue in this manner until you've filled and weighed all the other parts needing a different color. Then scale up each color by the number of cookies you're making for the total weight of each color needed.

 

Presumably you know the weight of one batch of your icing; then it's an easy calculation to figure out how may batches you need to mix to create all of the colors. Or weigh out the white icing as you mix the colors and store any leftover white for another time.

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