Toning Down Pink Icing

Pink icing seems easy enough, but when it comes to matching specific colors that “simple pink” can quickly become a source of frustration.  If you’ve ever run into the the problem of pink icing being just a little too bright, try this tip.

Floral Monogram Cookies Close UpTone down bright pink icing by adding a blue or green color to the mix.  The original shade of pink {left} was completely transformed with only a touch of each.

Soft Pink Royal IcingI prefer to use leftover icing whenever possible because I’m much less likely to add too much.  If you don’t have leftover icing, gel paste works, but I suggest using a toothpick for every addition.  A little bit goes a long way.

Here’s another example.  The pink on the right is Wilton rose.  With a toothpick point of turquoise gel paste, it morphed into the shade on the left.  Subtle, but definitely noticeable.

Toning Down Pink Royal IcingFor this set I added a little of the green icing to the pink to really tie the colors together.

Floral Monogram CookiesAny shade of blue, green or turquoise can dramatically change the hue of pink icing, but don’t stop there.  The next time you find yourself struggling with a specific color try adding a touch of a contrasting shade.  You may be surprised at what you come up with.

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I hope everyone is having a wonderful week!

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    Lorie says:

    What a handy trick! I am going to have to remember this one!

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    Great post! It’s amazing what just a little touch of contrasting color will do! Thanks for sharing! :)

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    Mary says:

    Hi Callye,

    Your cookies are beautiful! So simple, but elegant. You inspire me with every post! Quick question – what cookie cutter did you use to create the roses?

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    Oh wauw, you made those cookies look amazing! I’m definitely going to remember that trick and try it out soon..

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    Vanessa Arias says:

    Thank you so much for this post, I have never ever got the shade of pink I want, hope this trick help me next time!

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    Robin says:

    Callye, do you have a post on how to make the monologue cookies shown in this set? I couldn’t find it on your site.

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    Ann says:

    Thank you, so much for sharing your experiences, because it certainly does help us rookies along the learning curve! So many techniques to get a handle on… Every single tip such as this one saves us a lot of time as well as enhances the loveliness of our efforts! You and Haniela and Jen at CC&C are much appreciated!

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    Marilyn says:

    I love your site and your cookies and thank you so much for sharing your hints and tips. I have read through your FAQ section but wondered if you can link me to the answer to this one? I noticed you said you like to add left over icing to tone down colors. How do you store your left over Royal Icing and for how long will that last? Thanks so much and thanks for all the wonderful ideas and beautiful cookies you show us. You are SO creative!

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    Mercy Prosper says:

    You have save us a lot of tubes. Tks


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