My Lessons in Royal Icing-It Was a Hulk of a Mess!

by Jennifer Sikora

Hey guys — Jennifer here,


Last week I received a package in the mail complete with a  Marvel™ Hero Cookie Cutter Set and matching Marvel ™ Flexible Spatulas from Williams Sonoma.

My daughter and I were quite excited because we LOVE baking, so I figured this would be a super easy cookie to make. I pride myself on being able to do something right the first time around.  Anyone else have that mentality?

Anyway, things were great while we fixed the sugar cook dough. My favorite dough recipe is Alton Brown’s Sugar Cookie Dough. It is superb for getting that perfect cookie shape without it spreading.

The cookies came out perfectly! In fact, I was SO proud of the cookie, I knew there was no way that my Royal Icing would mess up — except I had no black, and like any good cook will do, I searched on the Internet for a substitute for black icing. One site said to mix equal parts of red, yellow, and blue. I did — and what I got was NOT black but a chocolate brown. So I went with it.

My cookie after decorating?

It could have been a lot worse, but I think I did okay for my first time using Royal Icing.

Here are a couple of tips for you if you plan on making your own royal icing –

  • Use gel food coloring instead of liquid. It will give you a truer color
  • Mix the royal icing the entire time that it suggests
  • Be sparing with your water. Just one drop too many and your spreadable icing will be too thin and run (like his chin and nose)

Anyway, I will not be beat! When I get back from New York (yes, I leave THIS week — pinch me now) I will tackle that Royal Icing again and this time I will succeed — but with real black and not homemade black.

Make plans to take your kids to go see Marvel’s The Avengers when it hits theaters May 4th! My family and I will be first in line!

The products above were sent as part of my participation in the Avengers Event.  No compensation was received and all opinions are my own.

Written by 5 Minutes for Mom Advertising and Communications Contact, Jennifer. You can find her sharing her thoughts at her own blog Jen’s Journey. Connect with her on Facebook and Twitter.

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{ 2 comments… read them below or add one }

1 Lolli April 24, 2012 at 10:51 am

Your cookie turned out great!! I make really good tasting foods but I rarely make good looking foods. ;) I’ll take the good taste. lol


2 Ceiling Fans April 24, 2012 at 10:55 am

you should be proud, the cookies look amazing


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