Imaginative Icing


1. Having made up my royal icing, how long will it keep for? and do I have to keep it in the fridge?

2. Is it easy to add food colouring to the royal icing?

3. When I have made shapes out of my royal icing and left them to dry, how long will these shapes last for?.

Thanks Cara Fisher............

Dear Cara

Thank you for your e-mail

1 Royal Icing can last for between 5 - 7 days if kept covered and in the fridge.Bring it out of the fridge and leave it for an hour or so to allow it to come back to room temperature before using it.

If you are using it to coat your cakes it is best when it is a couple of days old as the air bubbles should have dispersed, so do not beat it.

If you are using the icing for piping you will need to beat it to stiffen it up again.


2 Colouring royal icing. You can use food colours to colour your royal icing, however, if you are going to be using the icing for making runouts make sure that the colour you use doesn't have any glycerine in it as it will prevent them drying hard enough. ie they will dry brittle.

Liquid colours ; these are ok but bear in mind that because they are liquid they will make the icing more runny this will be more noticable if you are usin ghtem to get a dark colour.

Paste Colours ; these are ok but should be avoided for run out work as they usually contain glycerine.

Dusting Powders ; these are probably most appropriate. either mix the powder with a very tiny amount of water to disolve it before mixing in, or add it direct to the icing but leave it to stand for a while to allow the powder to disolve before mixing it again. If the powder dosen't all disolve it can block you piping tube or leave a brghter speck of colour in the icing.

It is trial and error with regard to how much f any of the above colourings to add to your icing. so make sure you have plenty of icing so you can experiment.


3 Run Outs. Once they are dry they will last indefinately provided they are kept in an air tight container. If they are coloured they may fade and if they are white they may discolour to and ivory colour - usally only if kept for many years!


I hope this answers your queries. Do not hesitate to contact us again if we can be of any further assistance.

Yours sincerely



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