Friday, April 23

Thinning royal icing for flooding: a video tutorial

One of the most frequently asked questions I get about cookie decorating is: "How exactly do I thin royal icing for flooding cookies?"

Here's a little how-to video that may help. Hopefully, as I get more familiar with this whole vlogging concept, the quality will improve (and I'll lose my nervousness)!
(You have NO idea how nervous I am to post this!)



More videos to come...and I have some very talented ladies joining me with more videos. Check out the sidebar! Recognize anyone?

{Thank you to my sister for loaning me her video camera...mine stinks, apparently! Anyone have a JVC Everio they'd like to trade for cookies? ;)}


Please stop by my main blog, Bake at 350, for more cookie inspiration (and other fattening stuff)!

69 comments:

Joy said...

I am so excited about this! I am very much wanting to get into the baking business like you and this will help me out so much! Thanks to Amanda from i am baker to making me a faithful reader of you as well as her!

Katie said...

What a great video! I don't even know what royal icing is or what you use it for but you did a great job on the video and if I had to do this, I'd now know how!

jenjen said...

I'm so excited! Maybe I can learn how to make a edible looking cookie! I love this!!!

XOOX
Jen

A. Smith said...

Oh this is fantastic! I've followed your blog for awhile and love all those pretty cookies you make. Great to see the how-to on video.

Would you possibly do a video on how you get all those great colors? I can't seem to get a real red no matter what I do. Thanks :)

Daydreamer Desserts said...

Bridget, you look fabulous! And, you did an amazing job with the video very instructive, can't wait to learn more!

Val said...

Great video, it really helps to see the consistency. I now know I was making my icing way too thin.

Sue Sparks said...

I love this! I love the name of this new blog too, and the faculty:) You're a natural in front of the camera; you look great!

Bea said...

Oh, Bridget you are good!! Love seeing and hearing you... have a nice weekend!

Anna said...

What a great idea and a wonderful video and a lovely, graceful hostess/dean! Love your cute cookies and will follow these lessons closely. Thanks and can't wait for more!

Wic said...

great job and I think you look amazing.

Paige said...

Love, love the video! Can't wait to keep coming back to visit and see more of your cookie advice. Thanks for starting this blog!

Sarah said...

Yay! I can't wait for more. This is great!

Sinful Southern Sweets said...

This is awesome!! Thanks for taking the time to teach us all your tricks of the trade!

Beth said...

Bridget, the video is great! Can't wait for more. And you look lovely!

marzipanmom said...

You are just as adorable as your cookies! I am so glad you are doing these tutorials!! I have a lot to learn!

TidyMom said...

You did FANTASTIC!!!! and the video is terrific VERY helpful!!!.....so I'm raising my hand with a question......

Do you put your food coloring in each little bowl and mix with the spatula? or mixer?

This is going to be SOO fun!!

carla said...

You're adorable! And, this was so helpful! I'm very much a visual person, and the video lets me know exactly how thin that icing should be. Can't wait for more posts!

Jessica said...

I am so excited! This is exactly what I need to learn, because I have NO IDEA how to decorate cookies!! And you are great in the video. :) So cute!

Amanda said...

You did FANTASTIC!!! I love it all!

Beth said...

I love it!!! And you are everything I had imagined and more! Congrats on the new blog!

Vicci @theplaidbasket said...

AWESOME video! I have been obsessed with your blog since just before Easter when I searched for decorating sugar cookies. Now I see that my royal icing was a bit thick for flooding but my two year old granddaughter didn't complain!lol Where do you get the squeeze bottles that you refered to in the video?

Theresa said...

That was great!! You didn't seem nervous at all and you have a lovely voice. I can't wait to see more!

sareniti said...

You are a lifesaver! :)

Molly said...

Great vlog! Yay University cookie.

Raina said...

Wow..really like your new blog! I am really looking forward to learning how to decorate cookies.

hthr said...

I'm pretty sure I can't EVEN begin to tell you how excited I am to see a VIDEO of what I've been working up the courage to attempt. I tried decorating cookies for my daughters bday and the icing portion was pretty much disastrous. Thank you for posting this! I'm excited to see what is to come!

Becky@CookiesForAfrica said...

Bridget, that was perfection! Informative, cute, succinct, and you gave me an opportunity to laugh out loud! Lovedi t!!

Dawn said...

THIS is like a dream come true! Thanks, Bridget!!!!

Dawn said...

By the way, you're a doll! You appeared so natural and fluent. Loved it.

Cheryl Wade said...

I think you did a wonderful job. Congrats on your new blog!

Loni said...

Ummm hello gorgeous!! You looked great, don't be nervous, I can't wait to see more of these!

Pauline said...

Wow, this is AWESOME!!! I always wanted to know how thin it needed to be in order to flood and now I know. THANK YOU!!!

Amy I. said...

This is SO helpful! I've always wanted to decorate with royal icing and have looked at a lot of photo tutorials, but the video is so much more informative! Looking very forward to whatever else you post! Would love to see the whole process from the beginning (i.e. making/cutting out the cookies, actually making the frosting before thinning it, and of course decorating).

Ashley said...

Great idea to start this blog. I can't wait to see more videos. I use that same tupperware to mix my icing, it is the perfect size.

kudoskookies said...

Bridget you didn't seem nervous at all. AT ALL. You covered it nicely my dear. You seem a natural in front of the camera. I totally love seeing your video and how you do things. Even though I do things a bit differently, I always take away a bit of knowledge from watching someone else and how they work. As always, I learn from you! Can't wait to see what you show us all next!
Renee

Janice said...

I love it! It's great to actually see and hear you:)

amalia said...

I LOVE following your blog!!!! Thank you so much for sharing all of your talents and creativity! The video was awesome! I have always drooled over your smooth icing!!! :)

Andrea said...

I absolutely loved this video. It is so helpful to see the actual consistency rather than just guessing. Thanks!

Michaela said...

you are sooo cute ;) I love the video you are so brave and it was so cute and helpful~ did I say you were so cute? I love it!!!!!

Kate said...

You did an awesome job on this video. Thanks for sharing your technique!

Pam said...

You did a fantastic job, Bridget! You're just as cute as you can be.....and the info you shared and the way you shared it was precise, to the point, and clear. I can hardly wait to see more videos from you. Thanks for taking on such a huge task and delighting all us cookiers with your hard work and sweet smile. :)

thecookieshopinenglish said...

Seriously, B., you are a natural - and I used to work on TV, so take my word on that one! The information is very clear, and you look great too.
This blog is gonna be a hit!

Robyn said...

Awesome job on the video and you look mah-va-lous!

I am going to learn a ton!!! Thank you so much for starting this site. I can't wait to learn more. Can you start a series for dummies. :) {I'm serious}

Kate said...

Fabulous tutorial, B! I can't ever seem to get my icing to the right consistency and have given up on it for awhile now. Maybe with all your tutorials I will get back to it :-)

Congratulations on the launch of your new website!

The Duchess of Wessex said...

You are adorable and just the way I imagined! And better than that Giada from Food Network - Her constant grinning gets on my LAST nerve!

Brittany said...

Thank you so much for this! I always struggled knowing how much or not enough on adding water. I made cookies yesterday and the icing was the perfect consistency for flooding! Love it!!

Jen @ My Kitchen Addiction said...

AMAZING!! Love the video. I have been thinking about working on some videos for my site, but I am super nervous and not even sure where to start. Yours is fabulous, though! And, for the record, I'd much rather watch you than Giada. :)

Lora Joy said...

this is great!!! i need videos! lol...you looked great!

Michelle said...

Bridget, You are awesome!! This video was great, and you are soooo cute! I want to be your neighbor! You did a fabulous job, I can't wait to see new videos!

bridget {bake at 350} said...

A. Smith....definitely use AmeriColor or Spectrum gel paste colorings

TidyMom...I HAVE that video ready to go! :)

Vicci...you can find them in the candy making section of craft stores and even WalMart!

Cammee said...

Oh my, you are soooo adorable!!

ABlestMom said...

OMG all my favorite cookie bloggers (and some new ones) all on one site in video - AwEsome!!!!!!!!!!!Thank You!

Yael said...

This is great! I follow your main blog and just love it- this is a super addition! Thanks so much and keep up the amazing work!

Avanika [YumsiliciousBakes] said...

Great job, Bridget!! I'm surprised to see so many great cookie bloggers! This is going to be one Uni I'm happy to go to :)

Rowaida said...
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Rowaida said...

Congratulations and Thank you Ladies for an interesting and very informative blog.
Good Luck!
Regards,
Rowaida Flayhan

Jenny said...

love that you're doing videos now. :)

Manu said...

Wow...thank you so much for sharing your cookie secrets with us. I absolutely loved it and I can’t wait to watch more of your classes :)

PS: You didn’t look nervous at all!!! ;)

xxoo,

Elle (@manumiranda)

Chic Cookies said...

As promised... I posted a link here on Edible Crafts and will continue to spread the word!
http://ediblecrafts.craftgossip.com/cookie-decorating-school/2010/04/28/

happyhome said...

Great job on your first video! I'm new to cookie decorating and have learned so much from a few talented ladies such as yourself on the internet. Thank you!

kys said...

Hi!
I'm from Spain and I'm a newbie in the cookie decorating world (here a decorated cookie is something very rare). I'm a loyal reader of your blog and I love love this idea!
Thank you for sharing this, It will be very helpful to improve my technique :)

Sheena said...

Thank you so much for posting your video!! I am a visual learner and to see someone do it and not just read it is VERY helpful! I can't wait to see more!

Fuji Mama said...

I am so excited about this new blog! And my hubby won't have a heart attack when I tell him I'm going back to school...cookie school that is! Oh, and btw, you look gorgeous in the video (you've got BETTER hair than Giada). Can't wait for the next one!

Yanna Clementino said...

thank you very much for this great clases!
(my english is not very good...)

liss327 said...

I love fattening stuff, almost as much as I love this Vlogging....I can't wait for more. Thank you!!!!!

delishhh said...

All i have to say is WOW, thank you so much for putting this together. I love cooking and baking but when it comes to making icuing and making cookies look this good, that is another world to me.

cbaddo said...

I was linked here from www.jugglingmotherhood.wordpress.com - am soooo excited to try this! I'm going to try and flood some gingerbread shaped cookies for my son's 2nd birthday tomorrow :) Thanks for the inspiration!

Megan said...

Another great tutorial! I see Food Network in your future. I've read Sweetopia for a while and she recommends using piping icing for flooding to save time mixing up new batches. Thoughts?

Beth said...

THANK YOU so much for the fabulous tutorial!! You were great and didn't look nervous at all. Good job!