Darn Red Icing ...

Baking By TheCakerator Updated 15 Dec 2010 , 8:30pm by leily

TheCakerator Posted 14 Dec 2010 , 5:38pm
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I ALWAYS have a problem when I use antonias icing in the color red. It always dries dumb looking (no real way to describe it) I think it does this because it takes a lot of red to get a nice red color, even though I use americolor red red/ super red. Does anyone else have this problem?

Also, while I'm at it .. I made cookies last night with antonias icing and they are still wet today. I put them in my oven last night so nothing would happen to them, but its bitter cold here and my kitchen is the coldest room of the house which means they were in a cold oven on cold cookie sheets overnight. I now have them out in the warmer end of the house but is there anything I could do to speed up the drying time? I NEED to bag them by tomorrow but was hoping to do that tonight.

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cakegrandma Posted 14 Dec 2010 , 5:58pm
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Did you turn the light on while they were in the oven? If not try that, the heat from the bulb helps dry the icing.

TheCakerator Posted 14 Dec 2010 , 9:01pm
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no I didn't, but I will try that now .. thanks!

leily Posted 14 Dec 2010 , 9:05pm
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i tried to dry her icing on sugar cookies a few weeks ago in the oven with the light on b/c i had heard that in the past too. I found it extended the drying time, i was highly dissapointed. If you do this make sure you leave the door cracked, i think since i let the door closed all the moisture that was excaping as they were drying was held in the oven and created more issues for me.

I found just putting a light breeze over them helps me the most. I have a ceiling fan in the kitchen so I turn that on if i need the cookies to dry faster.

TheCakerator Posted 14 Dec 2010 , 10:37pm
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I have them in the oven right now, I should go crack the door and see how they are doing ... I never have a problem except when I use bold colors like red and now apparently blue ...

TheCakerator Posted 14 Dec 2010 , 10:47pm
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just checked my cookies .. the icing that was dry now seems soft ... icon_cry.gif I can't win!

HowCoolGomo1 Posted 14 Dec 2010 , 11:24pm
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When I need red or black, I use powdered colors right from the get go.
I always need to do deep colors for everything.

I only use the gels for more stuff and I can't get the powdered stuff to look right.

KrisCraft Posted 15 Dec 2010 , 6:56am
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who makes powdered colors? I have only seen Americolor gels and Wilton gels...

TheCakerator Posted 15 Dec 2010 , 2:36pm
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Yeah, where would I find powdered colors at? My red and blue cookies look really bad ... icon_sad.gif

leily Posted 15 Dec 2010 , 8:30pm
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Originally Posted by TheCakerator

just checked my cookies .. the icing that was dry now seems soft ... icon_cry.gif I can't win!

that was the same issue i had, the middle was a little wet when i put them in the oven, but i wanted to hurry the process, i ended up extending the wait time b/c more of the "dry" areas got soft.

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