How to Make Navy Blue Royal Icing

Denim Pocket Cookie

You know how I always say there's more than one way to mix a color?  We've talked about navy blue icing before but I'm going to touch on it again.  I've got yet another formula to share and I also wanted to clarify my mixing technique. Grab some popcorn and make yourself comfortable and I'll try not to confuse anyone. There is no right or wrong way to mix icing.  My preference is to create colors using ratios.  Remember ratios from … [Read more...]

How to Make Tiffany Blue Icing

Tiffany Blue Icing Cookies

The first time I made Tiffany blue cookies, I wasn't concerned in the least.  Until it was time to mix icing.  It was then I realized, I had no idea what color Tiffany blue actually was.  An Internet search only complicated the issue.  Google it.  You'll see what I mean. After years of struggling, I decided that the world needed  a swatch.  A common color reference for comparison.  Like a box.  Except picking up a Tiffany box isn't really … [Read more...]

How to Make Coral Royal Icing

How to Make Coral Royal Icing

There are several icing colors that give cookie decorators grief.  Darker colors like black and red are known to be troublesome, but believe it or not, it's the lighter shades that get me. Of all the colors I've ever mixed, coral is the one that's caused me the most stress.  I've wasted more icing than I care to admit trying to achieve the perfect shade. The exact ratio of yellow to pink always eluded me until one day, on the brink of a … [Read more...]

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...]