Royal Icing Question

Baking By missytreats Updated 8 Jul 2009 , 10:50am by Honeydukes

missytreats Posted 7 Jul 2009 , 12:30am
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I have been successfully icing sugar cookies for a few months but noticed today that my RI has dried with a sort of 'rough' finish, like hundreds of tiny air bubbles have burst on the surface, it kind of looks like concrete. Any clues why it has done this?

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dorie67 Posted 7 Jul 2009 , 12:42am
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Were the cookies disturbed during drying time? The only time I can recall that mine didn't dry smooth was because of being disturbed. princess.gif

Honeydukes Posted 7 Jul 2009 , 3:05am
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Originally Posted by missytreats

I have been successfully icing sugar cookies for a few months but noticed today that my RI has dried with a sort of 'rough' finish, like hundreds of tiny air bubbles have burst on the surface, it kind of looks like concrete. Any clues why it has done this?




If it dries "foamy" looking it was over-beaten -- without seeing them, that's what it sounds like -- too much air.

I've done this before when making RI flowers and they just crumbled into a powdery mess.

missytreats Posted 7 Jul 2009 , 9:20pm
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Thank you very much for the replies. I think it is because they were foamy, they definately have a foamy look about them. I am making the icing correctly though aren't I? Egg whites (safer in my country) and icing sugar beaten for 5 minutes in a mixer?

luv2bake6 Posted 8 Jul 2009 , 1:17am
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I use meringue powder and the instructions say to beat for 5 minutes. That's how i got that tacky foamy mess you are referring to. Now i just mix all the ingredients until they are just combined and have not had that problem at all.

missytreats Posted 8 Jul 2009 , 1:38am
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Thanks for that. I do remember seeing somebody make it on tv and they only had the mixer on quite slow, I have been beating mine on quite fast. I will try slower next time. Mine looks like meringue, is it supposed to be that thick and fluffy or is that because I am over beating do you think?

Honeydukes Posted 8 Jul 2009 , 10:50am
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I've never used egg whites so I can't help there.

I use meringue powder and beat with the paddle attachment on low for 10 minutes. It's fluffy and stiff enough for me to pipe flowers -- needs thinning for flooding. At 5 minutes, it hasn't come together for me.

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