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Royal icing holes/bubbles??

post #1 of 6
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Hi, beginner decorator here so bear with me if this seems juvenile... I thought I had the royal icing technique down but when I piped some beads around the edges of my cookies they dried with little holes in almost every bead! The beads looked fine when I piped them and I didn't have any bubbles when I flooded the cookies, maybe my piping was bad? You can kinda see in the picture...      

post #2 of 6
Oh my! usually " holes" are caused by air bubbles, or maybe the icing is a tad thick, that it crusted before piping is completed. Try to pipe on your practice board and experiment with different icing consistency, and watch out for sneaky little bubbles. Your cookies looks delicious, and you did a good job!
post #3 of 6
Before you even fill your bag with RI, you need to work out excess air by spreading a blob onto a flat clean surface with a spatula - back and forth - to work out the bubbles. Like you would with plaster.

Also, never beat your RI on high speed, or with a whisk as this also incorporates too much air.

Hope this helps!

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post #4 of 6
Sweetopia has a great post addressing this exact issue. She has a handful of tips for avoiding it. http://sweetopia.net/2010/02/how-to-prevent-air-bubbles-in-royal-icing/
post #5 of 6
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Oh thank you sugarkissed, I love sweetopia but I have never seen this tutorial before! It helps a lot! 

Also Evoir, I only have a handheld electric mixer (I am saving up for a fancy kitchen aid) even the lowest setting on this would be ok? I actually use sweetopia's royal icing recipe ;) 

And Peppercorns, I will make sure to try different icings on wax paper before my next project, great idea, dunno why I didnt think of that LOL

post #6 of 6
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Also any ideas as to why I only had bubbles in the beads and not in my flooding?

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