Color Flow is such a fun and easy medium to work with. It is so versatile. One of my favorite uses is to make detailed icing decorations you let dry and harden before positioning on your cake, pie or cookies. You can “draw” almost any design using this special icing.
Transferring a pattern using color flow is easier than you might think. First, find the picture you want to use and tape it to a sturdy board. In this example I have used a 10” cake circle. Tape the picture to the board and then cover the picture with wax paper or parchment paper. Tape it securely in place. There should not be any wrinkles in the picture or the wax paper.
Color Flow Recipe
- 1 lb. sifted pure cane confectioner’s sugar (or 500 grams)
- 2 tablespoons Wilton Color Flow Mix
- 1/4 cup plus tsp, water
Using an electric mixer, blend all ingredients on low speed for 7 minutes. You may tint color flow using Wilton icing colors to whatever shade you desire.
- Color Flow should be treated the same as Royal Icing. Everything should be clean and grease-free. You can also use Meringue Powder if you do not have Wilton Color Flow Mix, but I find the finished piece is not as strong and does not leave a nice shine to the decoration.
- Color Flow must be kept covered at all times when you are working with it. Store any leftover Color Flow in a grease-free plastic container, cover with plastic wrap, then the lid. This will keep it from drying out. It does not need to be refrigerated. It will keep for up to 2 weeks, but must always be re-beaten before using.
After the paper is in place, I use full strength Color Flow Mix to outline each section of the picture. You may need to tint only 1 or 2 colors, as I have done in this picture of the Rose, or you may need a lot of colors. For my tinted icing, I always use Wilton disposable bags with a coupler and a tip. It’s easy to use and just toss when you are finished. I have tinted the leaves green and the Rose an orange shade. The full strength Color Flow Mix should be applied and then left to dry for at least an hour.
Now you are ready to do the fill-in. Put enough full strength Color Flow in a plastic bowl and gradually add enough water to thin it down. I add 1/4 teaspoon at a time and slowly mix it into the Color Flow with a spatula. Stir slowly in a figure 8 motion so that you do not incorporate a lot of air into the mix.
Test by dropping a small amount back into the mix off of your spatula creating a ribbon of icing. When it takes a full count of 10 for the icing to sink back into the mixture and disappear completely, the icing is ready to use. For this step I use parchment bags. Only fill the parchment bag 1/3 full at a time. Fold over tightly and cut a small portion off of the end to the size of a #2 tip.
Working on one section and one color at a time, fill each cavity using a back and forth motion like you were coloring in a coloring book. I use a hat pin or toothpick to drag the icing into tight spots. Do some test puddles on the same piece of parchment paper next to your work piece. These will be able to help you determine when the piece is dry enough to lift off of the paper.
Your Color Flow should be left to dry at least 2 days or longer, depending on where you live. When you are ready to remove it from the wax paper, first lift a few of your test puddles to see if they are completely dry. To release the finished piece from the wax paper, first cut all pieces of tape holding it in place. Then carefully lift the wax paper and work piece off of the board. Move your piece to the edge of a counter of worktable and slowly ‘peel’ off of the paper from the underside. I do a small section at a time, while slowly turning the piece.
You are now ready to attach your Color Flow to your cake. If your cake has been in the fridge or frozen, you need to let it come to room temperature before you put the Color Flow piece on your cake. There must not be any condensation on the cake or the piece will break down. Attach to fondant covered cakes or buttercream using small dabs of Color Flow Mix or royal icing.
Here’s my finished cake. I used the test puddles to dress up the sides. Have you tried color flow yet?