Wednesday, January 19, 2011

sometimes colors just happen

A note to fellow travelers: Don't put red icing on top of brown icing and expect people to be able to see it. Especially if you are like me and make every color 3 shades darker than it really needs to be. See, its not just pink that I don't use very often. Its all of those pale, soft, gentle colors. I don't intentionally avoid them. It just happens. I've never been the kind of person that holds back. (Much to my husband's dismay, you can be sure about that.)

I tell companies that their products are inferior. I walk right up to a beautiful person and tell them they are beautiful. I played rugby in college. And...I add too much coloring to ALL of my icing.

 The truth is, I LIKE color. I just keep adding it until my arm is tired of stirring. Which actually doesn't take that long. I'm a weak stirrer.  Its true. You can ask my mom.  When I was child and helping my mother make cookies, I was always SO relieved when the addition of the flour fell on one of my brothers' turns. So, maybe if you are having a hard time getting dark colors, you should get a brother.

6 comments:

Christy said...

What is your secret to keep the dark colors from bleeding into each other? And I am envious of your coloring ability, by the way!

lilaloa said...

My secret is that I live a charmed life. :)
No, seriously though, there are 3 things I do to cut down on color bleeding.
1) I let the red and black dry as much as possible whenever I can before adding another color.
2) I let the cookies air dry overnight -- (as long as its not the humidity season!) and
3)I use an egg white powder to make my royal icing. I'm not sure WHY this works, but since I started using it, I have a lot less problems with color bleeding.

Christy said...

Thank you - I think I get a little impatient wanting to hurry the process along. I am using up the last of my meringue powder, and then starting in on my egg white powder I bought. I am interested to see if I can see a difference.

lilaloa said...

Oooh -- you'll have to let me know how it goes when you start using egg white powder. I will be very interested to know if it works as well for you!

CantStopBaking said...

Beautiful! I love the colors together, and I totally saw the red, didn't even notice till you mentioned it :)

148CookieStreet said...

I LOVE this cookie--LOL

I might be making something similar in my future

Thanks!

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