Help! Royal Icing Too Thin

Decorating By ape74 Updated 5 Dec 2008 , 6:00am by ape74

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ape74 Posted 5 Dec 2008 , 2:02am
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I just finished making royal icing. I wanted to make roses and swirl flowers with it. I followed the instructions on the Wilton book. It asked for 5-6 Tbsp of water. I added 6 and I think I made it too thin. I don't know what to do!!!! I started piping my roses, and they looked okay but after a minute they started losing their shape and melting. Is there any trick to salvage this by letting the icing dry or something? I know I should have probably added more sugar, but the icing has been separated, colored, and in bags ready to use. I really wouldn't want to start again. I think I learned my lesson well and I will try again soon, but could I do something with this one so that it can harden as it sits in the bags? icon_cry.gificon_cry.gif

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karateka Posted 5 Dec 2008 , 2:09am
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If you let it sit in the bag, it will harden for sure. But you won't be able to pipe it out.

I would empty the bag and add more PS. I know it will be a pain, but you don't have to toss the whole batch, just empty one bag, add more sugar, and re-fill the bag. Try one color at a time, so you get a feel for how much you have to add on the first bag, and there won't be so many trial and errors on the subsequent ones.

Good luck to you.

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saberger Posted 5 Dec 2008 , 2:17am
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I agree with karateka.....just empty the bag and add more PS to the batch. In general, when the recipe calls for a certain amount of water (esp. with RI) take it with a grain of salt because it all depends on the level of humidity in your environment. Don't get upset....get PS! icon_wink.gif Good luck!

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maisyone2 Posted 5 Dec 2008 , 2:30am
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If it's just too soft add cornstarch. Powdered Sugar thickens buttercream, cornstarch thickens royal icing.

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ape74 Posted 5 Dec 2008 , 6:00am
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Thank you all for your responses. Karateka: I did what you told me. It was a pain, but it had to be done. I struggled with it but I managed to thicken it. I learned my lesson. I will also try the cornstarch if it happens again, but I will also listen to your other advise and will not add all the water at once.

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