Pre-Made Black Royal Icing?

Decorating By kymscakes Updated 9 May 2011 , 4:18am by sewsweet2

kymscakes Posted 8 May 2011 , 12:27pm
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I have a wedding cake coming up that is going to be white with black piping. knowing how difficult it is to achieve anything in black I was wondering if there was pre-made black royal icing available anywhere. I have considered even using the wilton black premade buttercream icing in the tube for just the piping, but I would prefer to work with royal. I looked on the global sugar art site and didn't find anything. So I am looking for advice as to what my best course of action is.

Thanks in advance!

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soapy_hopie Posted 8 May 2011 , 7:31pm
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you can also start with a chocolate butter cream and add black food makes it easier to achieve black

paoli96 Posted 8 May 2011 , 7:41pm
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I've never had any problem tinting royal frosting black. I just use my black gel color and it is fine.

I do struggle with coloring buttercream the color black. I always start with brown and then add black so the taste does not become bitter.

FromScratchSF Posted 8 May 2011 , 8:15pm
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Zero problem tinting royal black- just remember that it takes a little while for the color to develop, so when you first mix it, it'll still seem gray and won't get any darker. Leave it for 20 minutes and it'll be black.

kymscakes Posted 8 May 2011 , 11:34pm
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that's helpful, thank you. I have americolor black gel. now is there a royal recipe that is better than others?

FromScratchSF Posted 9 May 2011 , 12:15am
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I'm a traditionalist so I use egg whites + powdered sugar to get the consistency I want to pipe. Black isn't going to taste very good no matter what so I would skip any flavorings like vanilla or lemon juice.


LindaF144a Posted 9 May 2011 , 1:55am
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Royal icing is a lot easier to take a color than something with fat in it like frosting. The one and only wedding cake in my photos is piped with black royal icing. Just remember to make it and then leave for about an hour. It will darken up as it sits - tightly covered of course.

sewsweet2 Posted 9 May 2011 , 4:18am
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When I make black RI I replace the water in meringue RI recipe with black airbrush color. Does't affect the taste that I can tell.

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