Ready to roll icing - can you add liquid food colouring to it?

(29 Posts)
JoshandJamie Mon 11-Feb-08 18:49:50

or does it have to be that paste stuff? I want to make black icing for mini skull and crossbones on cupcakes (pirate party) and have read to roll icing in white and black liquid food colouring but am not sure if you can add the liquid stuff to the ready to roll stuff. Any ideas?

Thanks

McDreamy Mon 11-Feb-08 18:51:04

Yes I have used liquid before I am sure. I am going to use again on Weds when I make DD's birthday case, she's bound to want it pink!!!

LIZS Mon 11-Feb-08 18:51:13

You can but it is messy, pastes are better or order some in black.

JoshandJamie Mon 11-Feb-08 18:53:45

Thanks - Where can you order it from?

LIZS Mon 11-Feb-08 18:58:38
Millarkie Mon 11-Feb-08 19:06:20

You can add liquid colour to it - try to use a cocktail stick to add it to the icing - makes it slightly less messy.

JoshandJamie Mon 11-Feb-08 19:24:06

Thanks - will give it a try with liquid and if all else fails, will order more.

MaureenMLove Mon 11-Feb-08 19:30:29

Black icing is very, very hard to make from either paste or liquid imho! It just goes dark grey! You'll need to add so much liquid, it will get very messy. If you can avoid it all together and buy black icing, do try.

dilbertina Mon 11-Feb-08 19:37:45

I have had some success with "painting" white ready to roll icing with food colouring to give stronger colour - word of warning though - some of them taste disgusting if painted on (the "natural" ones worst IME!)

JoshandJamie Mon 11-Feb-08 19:48:10

is there anywhere you can buy black ready to roll icing in a store - I don't really have time to order it and wait for it to arrive!

curlywurlycremeegg Mon 11-Feb-08 19:56:24

supercok do little packets of coloured reday to roll, have had black before by them, should be able to get it at a big supermarket

JoshandJamie Mon 11-Feb-08 19:57:49

my silly sainsburys just had white. Will do a bit of online sleuthing.......

curlywurlycremeegg Mon 11-Feb-08 21:25:57

splat have used them before and are very good and quick delivery

And whilst you are there:
piratr stuff

Have a good party!

littlelapin Mon 11-Feb-08 21:28:04

Splat are excellent, I second that.

Also, if you decide to go with paste (liquid is rubbish), you will need a lot for a strong black rather than a grey, and I find the best way to mix it is in a food processor with a dough hook, you get a really good even colour.

JoshandJamie Mon 11-Feb-08 21:43:53

you ladies are the font of all knowledge!

littlelapin Mon 11-Feb-08 21:48:35

Also, JandJ, if you have a decent cookshop near you, a lot of them stock the pre-coloured ready roll. What part of the world are you in?

Prufrock Mon 11-Feb-08 21:52:33

Whatever you do, don't try to mix it by hand unless wearing latex gloves, or your hands will stay black for four days. IME.

Supercook do four pack tubes of writing icing as well, which includes black - might be easier to draw rather than cut out?

littlelapin Mon 11-Feb-08 21:55:47

And be prepared for children with black tongues grin.

I made my friend a Guinness can once, he had black lips for 2 days! (mind you, it was half a pot of paste <overdoes it>)

stealthsquiggle Mon 11-Feb-08 22:01:36

oooh a thread I can really help on, and no-one has come up with my top tip yet either.[jumps up and down in excited manner]

The secret to really black (as opposed to battleship grey) icing is...


cocoa powder!!

mix loads in first, and then add black paste food colouring. You might even get away with the liquid stuff, but I have never tried it.

Second top tip..


let it rest

When you think you have it almost black, wrap it in clingfilm and leave it for a while. It gets a lot blacker, I kid you not.

JoshandJamie Mon 11-Feb-08 22:06:39

Yowser! You ladies seriously need to get out more. Here I thought I was a the picture of domestic goddessness even attempmting to make something other than bog standard cupcakes and it appears I am woefully inept.

Did I mention that I'm also making jelly pirate boats in orange skins. Anyone ever made those before? Any top tips before I congeal my entire kitchen in orange jelly?

stealthsquiggle Mon 11-Feb-08 22:08:52

Never tried jelly boats, sorry, but I think I remember some tip about making them in half oranges and slicing with hot wet knife for clean lines hmm

You're right, I should (get out more!).

Prufrock Mon 11-Feb-08 22:13:07

For the jelly oranges. stick them in the freezer for 20 minutes before slicing (with hot wet knife as squiggle said - redip it into boiling water after every cut)

littlelapin Mon 11-Feb-08 22:13:53

Halve your orange, scoop out the flesh etc (are you using that for the jelly?). THEN, flip over the orange half, and take a slim sliver from the bottom to give you a flat base. Then they will be much steadier.

JoshandJamie Mon 11-Feb-08 22:19:02

FAbulous. I did find anabel karmel's recipe for them - she said to use half the amount of water you normally would for a box of jelly - but surely they would be ludicrously sweet then??

Her recipe is here

littlelapin Mon 11-Feb-08 22:45:39

oh lord, don't use packet jelly <bleugh>. Regular fruit juice, small amount of added sugar if necessary, leaf gelatine. Easy as peasy, much fresher, less e numbers wink and you can add extra gelatine if you need a firmer set.

Plus stir in a little tiny dab of paste colour!

seeker Mon 11-Feb-08 23:09:46

Stealthsquiggle - really? That's a brilliant tip and I will use it at the weekend!

MaureenMLove Tue 12-Feb-08 07:50:30

<Mo bows down to StealthSquiggle> That is the most fabulous tip I have heard for black icing ever! grin It is now stored and locked tight in my memory bank! Wow!

littlelapin Tue 12-Feb-08 07:53:22

I knew about the resting (honest!) but the cocoa is a) new to me, and b) mmmm, tasty! grin Excellent tip!

stealthsquiggle Tue 12-Feb-08 08:56:26

<<preens and imagines lots of little black mouths in the seeker and Mo households grin>>

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