1. Having made up my royal icing,
how long will it keep for? and do I have to keep it in the
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
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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
Paste Colours ; these are ok but
should be avoided for run out work as they usually contain
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
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.
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
I hope this answers your queries. Do
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