How Can I Make Royal Icing Taste Better?

Baking By rbrokaw Updated 15 Mar 2010 , 11:26pm by bonniebakes

rbrokaw Posted 22 Feb 2010 , 5:52pm
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I am considering using buttercream but from what I have read it doesn't harden well. I like royal icing but not the taste...any suggestions? I was thinking of just adding a flavoring, like butter, or something like that?

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verono Posted 22 Feb 2010 , 6:17pm
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You could try vanilla, almond, orange, etc..

Kiddiekakes Posted 22 Feb 2010 , 6:20pm
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I use LorAnns Cotton Candy Flavor...Yum!!

rbrokaw Posted 22 Feb 2010 , 6:24pm
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Where do you purchase the cotton candy flavoring from? Have either of you ever iced with buttercream?

TracyLH Posted 22 Feb 2010 , 6:29pm
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I really like the all-natural flavorings and extracts from Spices, Etc. and have been using those for a while with great results. The Clear Vanilla is a staple for me when doing white or light colors (I just mixed up a big batch just now icon_smile.gif ) and I also have used and like their Coconut, Lime, Orange, Lemon, Raspberry, Cherry and Pumpkin Pie Spice. They have added a fun dimension to my cookies. Most times, I put them in the RI, but have also used some of them in the dough. If you want it, here are discount codes for a first time order:

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Edited to add that I have also used some of them in buttercream and fondant and was very pleased with them. icon_smile.gif

verono Posted 22 Feb 2010 , 6:36pm
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Spices etc. is amazing !
I have a few of their flavoring.. but for now I didn't gave the time to test all of them..
I tried so far :
double-fold vanilla
clear vanilla

And the ones I have but didn't try for now:
butter pecan

Kiddiekakes Posted 22 Feb 2010 , 6:37pm
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LorAnns is sold everywhere..I think they even have a website..I have also used it in BC too...

TracyLH Posted 22 Feb 2010 , 9:23pm
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Verano, I can tell you that the Raspberry is delish on a Dark Chocolate cookie! thumbs_up.gif Oh, I have not tried the Maple yet as I ran out of time last Fall. I will have to give that one a whirl. Thanks for the reminder! My fingers are crossed that they will be done with developing the White Chocolate soon! I can't wait for that one!

Oops! I forgot to add that I tried the Double Fold as well. Massive yumminess!

verono Posted 22 Feb 2010 , 9:28pm
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For the maple, I use also real maple syrup with it..! The extract helps to boost the flavor of the real stuff..

And the banana and orange is also really good on chocolate..!

motherofgrace Posted 22 Feb 2010 , 9:50pm
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I just made strawberry. Everyone loved it!

TracyLH Posted 22 Feb 2010 , 11:51pm
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Verano - You used the maple syrup in the RI? I was going to put it in the cookie, but in the RI as well sounds fab! Did you have a longer drying time? I use Antonia74's RI, but I am not sure if you are a glace or a RI gal. Sounds yummy either way!

Sweetheart - Was that the Spices Etc. Strawberry? Thanks!

motherofgrace Posted 23 Feb 2010 , 12:12am
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i used strawberry oil from wilton, i got it at a warehouse so im not sure the actual brand, but im sure you could use loranns,

just 1 tiny drop was enough For a whole batch of antonia74's icing!

bonniebakes Posted 23 Feb 2010 , 12:27am
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I like Spices Etc. flavorings, too!

I use the raspberry, clear vanilla, and amaretto all the time! I also like the chocolate, cherry, and caramel a lot! I have a bunch of others, but those are the ones I use the most.

djs328 Posted 23 Feb 2010 , 12:31am
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Originally Posted by Kiddiekakes

I use LorAnns Cotton Candy Flavor...Yum!!

Me, too! Yum is right! icon_wink.gif Especially for the kids...

I've also added lemon or orange. Adults seem to like those flavors!

TracyLH Posted 23 Feb 2010 , 4:12am
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Thanks everyone on the info!

Bonnie - Thanks! I will have to give those a whirl! I am hooked on Spices and love that they are all-natural. They are in the process of developing new flavors and it will be fun to see what they come up with.

rbrokaw Posted 23 Feb 2010 , 6:05pm
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Wow! I definently have enough ideas to try! Thanks a bunch! icon_biggrin.gif

staceycake Posted 15 Mar 2010 , 9:11pm
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How much extract/flavoring do you need to add to a batch of Antonia's RI to flavor it properly? 1 tsp? 1 T? just a drop?

bonniebakes Posted 15 Mar 2010 , 11:26pm
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I probably start with about 1-2 teaspoons of vanilla or almond extract in a whole batch of Antonia74's icing. Then, as I divide it into smaller bowls to color, I sometimes flavor it more with other flavors (ex. red icing usually gets a strawberry, cherry, or raspberry flavor).

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