Can anyone help me? It isn't on every cookie but I sometimes get bubbles in the icing when I am flooding the outline I just made. Do I just need to let it sit for a few minutes after mixing or what? Thanks!
Try letting it sit, covered, for a little while after mixing it. The air bubbles will rise to the top. Then, you can carefully stir it slightly or remove the air bubbles from the top and use what's left. You can also keep a toothpick handy to pop any remaining bubbles when you ice the cookie.
I think some bubbles are inevitable no matter how careful you are making the icing. Sometimes there is trapped air in the cookie itself that will rise up. I agree with bonniebakes, keep a toothpick handy to pop any supected bubbles while icing the cookies.
When I smooth the icing with an off-set spatula, I never get bubbles. For outlines, I use a very small tip. If the area is too small to smooth and I just flood, I sometimes get bubbles that were not visible before the icing set, even after dragging a toothpick thru the area. I agree with KathysCC...air bubbles are inevitable.
another thing that I just figured out is for really small or narrow areas - don't overfill. it seems that if I mount the icing too much in a small area it edges dry quickly and the center bursts. if I keep the volume down so it doesn't mount up it doesn't do this.
of course it took 11 out of my last dozen to figure this out
and yeah, have a toothpick and watch for those little bubbles and pop them right away.
Thanks guys! I am glad it isn't just me. I will try to be more patient next time.
I like to make my icing the day before. You'll be amazed at how many bubbles rise to the top overnight. That and a toothpick when your decorating should take care of it but you'll always have a few you miss. Just eat those!!
Another trick that helps is to keep your tip under the icing flow (next to the cookie) when flooding. I also don't mix my icing as long as most instructions require.
This happens sometimes if your icing is too wet.