The glaze is made......now what?
Let's add some color....and make sure it is the right consistency!
What coloring to use......hands down.....
They are fabulous. I love all their colors...
(except for their purple......you have to mix colors in order to get a true purple.)
I love these gels so much that I have a treasure chest full of them. heehee
And yes, there's a few Wilton colors mixed in there too, that I can't live without......
(violet, moss green, juniper green, cornflower blue, rose petal...)
But at least 95% of the time....I'm using Americolor.
Many people ask how I get such vivid icing colors.
Americolor is the answer.
How do I make my icing so black?
How do I get my icing so white?
Another question I get asked often...
Do you find that Americolor Super Red causes your icing to taste bitter?
No, I have not found any problem with Super Red's taste.
So how do you go from this....
First you need patience.
If you want to get just the right colors......you've got to work at it.
And sometimes it takes time to achieve the colors you want.
It just depends on how specific you need them to be.
For the colors above, I wanted to get as close to the baby bedding design as possible.
(Trust me....it wasn't easy. ;
And I still don't think I matched them as well as I wanted.)
Here's my set up for coloring and bagging my icing.
You'll need a smaller bowl and spoon to mix up each color
and get it to the right consistency.
As soon as you're there, you will roll it up in some plastic wrap and bag it.
But we will get to the bagging part next time.
For now, we want to get the icing to look and pipe just right.
Take the amount of icing you need for that color
(which for me, is always an interesting guessing game, ha ha)
and add some drops of color.
Remember.......you can always make it darker.....
but making it lighter is TONS harder!
So be careful how much color you add.
(In particular be careful with yellow, blue, green, & brown.
Those are the colors I often overshoot.)
Mix in color until you are satisfied.
Then check the consistency.
I use the "Ten Second Rule". It works well for me and my glaze.
But find what works for you.
The main thing is.....consistency is KEY!
I touch and pull up on the surface of the icing with a clean finger and count.
I want the icing to go completely flat at the count of ten.
If it takes longer than that......it will be really hard to pipe.
(Add & mix a tiny bit of water to it and use the 10 second rule again.)
If it flattens quicker than that, it will spread out after you pipe it.
(Add & mix a tiny bit of powdered sugar to it and use the 10 second rule again.)
Try to get it as close to ten seconds as possible.
Here's a short little video showing the ten second rule.
I use this consistency of glaze icing for outlining, flooding, and detailing my cookies.
One consistency for everything. Hey, it works for me. :)
Once your icing has the color and consistency you desire,
you can put it in bags or squeeze bottles.
I'll show you how I bag mine on the next CookieCrazieBasics.
For a fantastic color chart from Sweet Sugar Belle, go HERE.
For the CookieCrazie glaze recipe and lots of tips about it, go HERE.
Here's my older blog post on Coloring & Bagging Icing HERE.
And here's my older blog post entitled "Let's Talk About Corn Syrup Glaze Icing" HERE.