Deep Pink, Magenta, Hot Pink and Fuchsia Royal Icing

Deep Magenta Fuschia Pink Royal Icing

Have you ever struggled to make the perfect shade of deep pink, magenta, or fuchsia royal icing? On that note, have you ever wondered what the difference between all of these colors even is? I can't help you with "name that color", but I can offer tips on creating deep, dark shades of pink icing. Despite making regular appearances, my relationship with deep pink icing has not always been an easy one.  The end product was always nice but there … [Read more...]

How to Make Tan Royal Icing

Tan Royal Icing

Most icing colors are pretty easy to figure out, while others are a little more complicated. Tan icing might seem simple, but if you've ever added warm brown to uncolored icing with the expectation of a pretty yellowish-brown, you know this isn't the case.  The pinky, almost flesh-colored result isn't even close. Unfortunately, icing color is not an exact science.  Most of the time, my colors aren't mixed from a pre-existing formula.  I … [Read more...]

Toning Down Pink Icing

Floral Monogram Cookies Close Up

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. Tone 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. I prefer to use leftover icing whenever … [Read more...]

Navy Blue Royal Icing

Navy Blue Star Cookie

Navy blue royal icing sounds simple enough but that isn't always the case.  Americolor makes a navy blue gel color but it isn't quite as "navy" as I would like it to be.  My secret?  Black. To create the perfect shade of navy blue icing I like to mix navy or royal blue Americolor with black.  Most of the time I use icing rather than gel paste because there's less risk of adding too much. Since we're talking blue, here's a little visual … [Read more...]

How to Make Gold Icing…and Silver Too!

Gold Icing Color

Lustre dust...sparkly magic powder with the power to give plain royal icing a beautiful metallic sheen. Lustre dust comes in tiny little pods like these.  At over three dollars for just two grams, it might seem a bit pricey...but trust me a little bit goes a long way. I've tried about every goldish color of lustre dust on the market and after experimenting with all of them, I am particularly fond of Golden Bronze, Super Gold, Old … [Read more...]

That Funky Bandaid Color

Bandage Cookies

When it comes to cookie decorating, sometimes an exact color match is not the best way to go.  Bandaid cookies are the perfect example. That bandaid "fleshtone" color is kind of icky and doesn't always translate well to cookies, not to mention being frustratingly difficult to match. So, in the interest of pretty cookies and sanity I made a lightened-up version. Begin with about 1/2 a cup of icing and add one scant drop of … [Read more...]

Country Christmas Color Palette

Stacked Gift Cookies2

Is it possible to like Christmas colors more than any other colors in the world?  I mean, technically they're  the same year-round, but for some reason they always seem prettier during the holidays.  So, to celebrate the season  I'm going color crazy until Christmas.  Here's the first round! It all begins with a big batch of my fluffy royal icing.  If you need the recipe, you can find it here. To create the colors below, begin with … [Read more...]

Indian Corn Icing Palette

Indian Corn Cookies 1

I don't know if you've ever noticed, but I love color.  I get almost as much pleasure out of creating icing colors than the actual cookie decorating. On this week's agenda...Indian corn.  In addition to the obvious choices, I added plum and teal to spice things up. I use Americolor brand gel paste to color my icing.  My favorite places to pick it up are Country Kitchen Sweet Art and Global Sugar Art.  Here are the colors I used to … [Read more...]

Chocolate Brown Icing

Thanksgiving Cookies

The Thanksgiving holiday is approaching full steam.  For most people this means turkey and pumpkin pie...but for a cookie decorator it means tons of brown icing. Brown has long been a source of frustration for new {and sometimes experienced} decorators, but with a little practice you CAN master it. Let's start with the basics.  My two favorite browns are Americolor warm brown and Americolor chocolate brown.  Using these two colors as a … [Read more...]

Bright and Spooky Halloween Green Icing

Spooky Green Icing2

Around this time of year, you will probably find yourself making quite a bit of green colored icing.  The great news is that it's an easy color to make. If you want to make things REALLY easy you can always use leaf or electric green straight from the bottle but because I like my colors to have a little more dimension, I usually mix them.  Here are two combinations for Halloween green that I use often. Bright Spooky Green: Begin with … [Read more...]