I remember several years ago, walking through the baking section of Hobby Lobby and thinking “what in the world would you use white icing coloring for?” Ah, I was so naive.
When I first started reading about decorating sugar cookies, several bloggers mentioned using it for their white royal icing. This may seem redundant, but it really does make a difference. It really makes your whites “pop”, and it keeps them from looking dingy.
Well, I have found another great use for this bottle of wonder.
I have been decorating Easter cookies this week, and found myself in the undesirable situation where I had to color match some icing. I didn’t make enough, so I was trying to match my blue and purple. Now, for those that don’t know me, I’m not really as pastel color kind-of-girl. I’m bold, dark, bright colors. So, when I went to mix up my blue, I got it WAY too bright. I mixed in a little of the white icing to tone it down. But because it was pretty dark, I ended up having to dip into some of the white icing for the purple. But the blue matched, so all was well.
Until, of course, I mixed the purple too dark, also. (Did I mention that I do not function well late at night?) So because I had used all the extra white icing on the blue, I was out of luck.
But then my white color came to the rescue.
Did you know that you can also use this stuff to lighten icing? You would think it would be obvious, but not to me. It worked like a charm.
This little bottle has become indispensible in my baking box. If you don’t own any, you are missing out on the magic.