Making Icing Color Match

Do you struggle with mixing perfectly coordinated icing palettes?  Then I have a tip for you and it’s simpler than you may think.

A few years ago my friend Jen taught me this trick and I’ve been doing it {or mostly trying to} as often as possible since then.  Not only does this ensure perfectly matched colors, it also cuts down on dirty dishes.

Damask Baby Shower Cookies

I’ve nicknamed this the “one bowl method”.  It’s so simple I’m embarrassed to admit I didn’t think of it on my own.  Beginning with the lightest color {often white}, mix each color in the same dirty bowl until you come to the darkest.  Long story short, if you add a little bit of each color to the next one you’ll end up with a perfectly complimentary color palette every single time.

Before I really confuse you here’s a few pics. I started with white, of course, then I combined egg yolk yellow and ivory to create a pretty mustard color.

Making Icing Colors Match

Once I’d finished with the yellow, I added more white to the dirty mixing cup along with some leftover turquoise icing I had on hand.  After a bit of mixing it wasn’t quite right so I added a teensie bit more of the mustard color {above} along with a dot of dark gray piping icing, which also leftover from a previous project.

Coordinated icing Colors

Finally, to make the light gray color I added more white icing to the dirty bowl and mixed with leftover dark gray plus a bit of mustard and turquoise.

Coordinating Icing Colors

The end result?  Three completely different perfectly coordinated colors. Think of it like a family.  Two parents come together to create a kid.   Although the kid “matches” the parents they’re still a individual person with their own unique physical attributes…unless you’re like me and have kids that look nothing like you.  In that case, completely ignore this analogy.

Elegant Baby Shower CookiesYou can accomplish the same thing using multiple bowls by mixing a tiny bit of each color into the other shades {see the Lila Loa post below} if that’s your preference.  All roads lead to Rome, right?

Anywho, to learn more about icing color, check out these helpful links:

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    Joyce Penn says:

    Callye, you are so special. I didn’t have your mailing address to send you a big thank-you! I was so surprised to see the very cookies you made for us is featured on you site. Ashley loved them and we were all properly impressed with you talent and generosity. You are indeed a precious lady and your work is outstanding. The cookies you made for me with the heart shaped paint palette and paint brushes were adorable and they are so tasty. Thank you sweetheart, I love you. Moma Joyce

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      Sweet Sugar Belle says:

      I love you too Momma Joyce! I really wish I could have come. I really want to see you soon. =) Miss you!

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    Heather says:

    HOLY CRAPOLY! You just made this beginner ridiculously happy!

    Thank you so much for sharing!

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    Jessica says:

    I have to tell you, you are amazing, i love to read your website…I think i’ts wonderful how much information you offer here for all of us! This is by far one of my favorite sites! Thanks so much for shairing all you know! All of your posts are so much fun to read, very easy to understand, and you have taught me so much! I’m not big with royal icing, but you have inspired me to try and use it more..also, i’m totally investing in a Kopykake projector..i cant believe how easy that looks..the struggles of making characters perfect may finally be made easier!!! Thank you thank you thank you!! I”m a huge fan!

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    Ann says:

    Wilton taught us at an instructor meeting years ago to add a bit of the flower color to the leaf color, that way the flowers blended together perfectly, so this is a great idea. Hopefully after seeing the pics & explanation, I’ll remember to do it all the time.


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