Royal Icing Airbubbles
Royal icing air bubbles are one of the most annoying things ever to cookie decorators. You can have a beautifully decorated cookie and then bam! One little air bubble wants to be the star of the show and make an unexpected appearance in the middle of your cookie. UGH! It is so frustrating.
It happens to all of us. Maybe not every day or every time we decorate, but it happens. I don’t think there is anything we can do to ever prevent them all from showing up in unwanted places, but we can take a few steps to slow them down.
I may not always have time to do everything I can to remove them, but my number one way to remove them is to do nothing. Place the icing on the counter and cover it with a damp towel and do nothing. Let it sit there for a little while. Doing nothing will allow the air bubbles to rise to the surface and then you can use a knife or an offset spatula to pop them. Doing nothing sometimes is very hard because it means we have to be patient.
Tips on how to Remove Royal Icing Airbubbles:
- Let your icing rest for a few minutes. You can cover the icing with a damp towel and let it rest on the counter for a few minutes. The air bubbles will make their way to the surface and you can pop them.
- Once you outline and flood your cookies, shake your cookie from side to side and tap it on the tabletop. This will force air bubbles to the surface of the cookie and you can pop them with a toothpick.
- I have noticed lately, the larger the piping tip I use the more air bubbles I have. It’s not so bad if you use a #3 tip, but if you use a #6 or trim a lot off the end of the decorating bag, look out. I did that for a large cookie and it had more bubbles than bubbles in a bubble bath.
- Mix the royal icing at a lower speed. The higher the speed and the longer you mix it, the more air bubbles that get incorporated into your icing.
- Once the icing is in the piping bag, massage it gently. You can even twirl it around in a circle like a helicopter blade so the bubbles will end up at the top of the bag and the icing will be pushed down to the tip. Maddie’s Cookie helped us with this tip and you can see her tutorial on Instagram! Look under Icing Tips and you will see her video. Thanks, Maddie!
Now like I said, this isn’t an end-all cure-all to remove all the royal icing air bubbles in the world. There will be air bubbles. We need to accept it and move on. Don’t stress over them. Just take a few steps to prevent them as best as you can keep decorating and have fun.
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