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dimples in my glace...so not endearing...any way to avoid?

post #1 of 26
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this never happens to me when i outline and fill, but every time i try to use glace another way, i get "dimples". when i pipe dots, i have to pipe them small and stiff so they don't collapse or dimple, when i try to pipe letters, usually i get one dimple somewhere, and now, i am using a number 3 tube to overpipe zebra stripes and i have huge dimples, actually craters, appearing as they dry.

this never happens when i outline and flood...what is the cause?

anyone know how to use glace under these circumstances and NOT get dimples?

i use toba's recipe. for the stripes, i made just a touch thicker than flood so it wouldn't run off the cookie.

i love glace, but this problem is really getting my shorts in a bunch....

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post #2 of 26
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i should have added that i beat my glace on the slowest speed for 5-10 minutes to get rid of air bubbles...

why is my glace collapsing....groan?
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post #3 of 26
I've had problems with this, too. The only way I handle it is to make sure I use a tapered, off-set spatula to smooth out the icing. Even for the smaller areas, I try to add only just enough icing that I can spread it out.

Regardless, your zebra cookies are stunning! I don't think you'll get any complaints!!!!!
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post #4 of 26
when I use the glace (which I don't very often, because I'm SO impatient and it seems like it takes forever to dry but it's so beautiful!) I always tap the bowl on the counter over and over until I don't see anymore air bubbles coming up.......you'd be surprised how much air you can incorporate, especially if you sift your sugar!
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post #5 of 26
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susan,
do you think i could have smoothed out those lines with off-set and maintained their shape? i was afraid i would distort the stripes. do you just touch light at the top of the icing?

it is collasping because of air, or is it collapsing because there was not enough structure (i.e. outlines), or was my icing too thick/not thich enough?

i know it IS air bubbles when my dots deflate, but is this is so much bigger and linear.

should i have use a thinner icing and let it spppppppreeeeeeeead?

the perfectionist in my is having a really hard time with this icon_lol.gif

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post #6 of 26
I don't know the answer either (I also sometimes get dimples), but your zebra cookies are very cool!
post #7 of 26
Looks like airbubble problems to me...not too sure though...anyhow, the cookies are really striking and the dimples seem to add a positive effect icon_smile.gif
post #8 of 26
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Originally Posted by drakegore

susan,
do you think i could have smoothed out those lines with off-set and maintained their shape? i was afraid i would distort the stripes. do you just touch light at the top of the icing?

it is collasping because of air, or is it collapsing because there was not enough structure (i.e. outlines), or was my icing too thick/not thich enough?

i know it IS air bubbles when my dots deflate, but is this is so much bigger and linear.

should i have use a thinner icing and let it spppppppreeeeeeeead?

the perfectionist in my is having a really hard time with this icon_lol.gif

diane



If you figure it out, let me know! I would only be guessing if I gave you an answer. I don't think you would've liked the result if you'd used thinner icing...I'd rather have the dimples than the spread.
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post #9 of 26
I have had the same problem. Drives me crazy, too. I once made Elmo character cookies and each one had a dimple in the nose. Frustrating. Sometimes I take a toothpick and go over the area to make sure the icing is adhered evenly to the cookie but even though it helps some, I sometimes still get the dimples.

Sorry I can't be of more help but wanted to let you know that you are not alone.
post #10 of 26
I have that problems sometimes with RI, especially with large dots of icing (like for eyes)... the only thing I can figure out is that there's a "gap" near at the very top of the cookie and the icing lines "melt" into each other at the top but not the bottom (where it touches the cookie) and then as it dries, it sinks....

I'm not sure if that's what really happens, but that's my theory at this point icon_smile.gif
post #11 of 26
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i was just wondering if RI users had the same problem or if it was a glace problem only!
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post #12 of 26
I have a hard time with Glace in detail work, too. I've started doing my base coat with TG and using Antonia's RI for details icon_smile.gif
post #13 of 26
I don't know the answer to your question, but I had the same problem. I made some mitten cookies and piped snowflakes onto them, and at every spot where I had branches meet, a hole/bubble/dimple developed as they dried. It's rather annoying.
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post #14 of 26
sorry dont know a thing about glace.. just wanted to say that those cookies ROCK!! they are gorgeous and look perfect to me. icon_smile.gif

p.s. dont you know dimples are cute !! icon_lol.gif
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post #15 of 26
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ok, i am so frustrated, i am about to blow a gasket.
i have been experimenting with new designs this week and all involve piping in small areas like petals or leaves and on each one i get the sunken glace dimples.

is there really no way around this? is it just the nature of the beast?

i have done everything humanly possible to get the air bubbles out....i don't think that is the problem....i've smoothed the icing while wet and still it happens as it dries.

i have tried overfilling and underfilling...neither works.

why does this not happen on large spaces but happens almost everytime in small spaces? here are my latest dimples i am peeved at:
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