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Color Flow Icing Recipe

Color Flow is used 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 and, with care, your projects can be saved and reused!
Makes: About 2 cups.
Skill Level: None

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Step 1

With electric mixer, using grease-free utensils, blend all ingredients on low speed for 5 minutes.

Step 2

If using hand mixer, use high speed. Color flow icing "crusts" quickly, so keep bowl covered with a damp cloth while using. Stir in desired icing color.

Step 3

In order to fill an outlined area, the recipe above must be thinned with 1/2 teaspoon of water per 1/4 cup of icing (just a few drops at a time as you near proper consistency). Use grease-free spoon or spatula to stir slowly. Color flow is ready for filling in outlines when a small amount dropped into the mixture takes a count of ten to disappear.

Step 4

Tape pattern and waxed paper overlay to your work surface. Waxed paper must be free of wrinkles.

Step 5

Outline pattern with full-strength Color Flow Icing and tip 2.

Step 6

Let outline dry a few minutes until it crusts. When filling in an area with a different color from outline, let dry 2 hrs.

Step 7

To fill in an outline, soften icing by adding water to 1/4 cup icing, 1/2 teaspoon at a time. As you near proper consistency, add just a few drops of water at a time. Stir slowly by hand in a figure-8 motion to prevent whipping in air bubbles.

Step 8

Test the consistency of the Color Flow Icing by dropping a small amount of icing into the mixture. If it takes a full count of ten to disappear, the icing is the right consistency.

Step 9

Fill a parchment cone no more than half full of icing. (Do not use a tip as it might break outline). Cut a tiny hole at the end of bag. If filling in a large area, have 2 half-full bags ready; otherwise, icing could crust before you finish filling in the pattern.

Step 10

Begin filling in outline along the edges first by gently squeezing and letting the icing flow up to the outline almost by itself. Work quickly, filling in pattern from the outside edges in and from top to bottom.

Step 11

When all outlines are filled in, let dry thoroughly for at least 24 hours. For quick drying, use a heat lamp: position lamp 2 ft. away from decoration for 2 hours. Remove lamp and air dry for 12 hours.

Step 12

Remove the Color Flow from waxed paper by placing it near the edge of the counter. Slide the piece slowly over the counter's edge while carefully peeling half of the waxed paper away. Turn piece around and repeat.

Step 13

Wilton color flow mix contains dried egg whites and sodium laurye sulfate, a whipping agent. When stored at room temperature in a dry place it will last at least one year.

Step 14

The color flow decorating technique is a special decorating method used to make detailed icing decorations for cakes. It is "drawing", using a special icing, parchment bags, and tips.

Step 15

When mixing color flow icing, set mixer at low speed to avoid whipping in too much air. Use medium or high speed if using a hand-held mixer.

Step 16

Only use parchment bags. Never fill the bag more than half full.

Step 17

For color flow decorating, you need a flat, level and firm work surface.

Step 18

Use full strength icing for outlining and overpiping; softened color flow for filling in. Color flow is softened by adding small amounts of water.

Step 19

Use grease-free utensils and bowls, as any trace of grease will cause the icing to break down.

Step 20

Paste food colors work best and do not affect icing consistency. Colors fade slightly when a dried color flow piece is exposed to sunlight.

Step 21

Attach all icing outlines by blending smooth with a slightly dampened art brush so that there are no "breaks" which allow softened color flow to leak out and ruin your decoration.

Step 22

If outline and fill-in are the same color icing, let outlines dry a few minutes until they "crust". If outline and fill-in are made from different color icings, let outlines dry thoroughly (1-2 hours) before filling-in.

Step 23

Outlines that are flat indicate soft icing or touching surface with tip while drawing outline. Remember, outlines are piped with the tip held above the surface to give a rounded line.

Step 24

Color Flow designs take a long time to dry, so they should be created at least 2-3 days in advance. Occasionally, color flow takes even longer to dry, and may not ever dry. This is almost always due to humidity. Wilton's color flow mix contains dried egg whites, and it is very unlikely that the mix varies from one batch to the next.

Step 25

A heat lamp can be used to dry the color flow piece more quickly. The heat lamp should be placed two feet away from the color flow for two hours. Afterwards, the piece should air dry for 12 hours. This method produces a piece with a high shine.

Step 26

If a number of colors are used, finish all of the sections of one color first, before starting on the next.

Step 27

If placing the color flow piece on a frozen cake, let the cake defrost 6-8 hours to be certain it is dry. Moisture will break down the decoration quickly.

Step 28

To make a curved color flow decoration for the side of the cake, tape the pattern and wax paper onto the curved surface of a cake pan or on cake side formers. Then follow the basic outlining and filling-in procedures.

Step 29

Prick tiny air bubbles with a pin while Color Flow piece is still wet. Beating the icing at an overly-high speed may cause air bubbles.

Step 30

When filling-in, the icing should have a "pillowed" effect.

Step 31

If icing runs up and over the outline, you may be squeezing too much; the outline may be too flat; or the icing may be too thin.

Step 32

Are Color Flow Decorations Edible?
Color Flow decorations are edible, however, they are usually not eaten because they are hard and very sweet.

Step 33

Color Flow Decorations/Storage:
Color Flow pieces should last indefinitely, if stored properly. A cool, dry cupboard would be a good storage place. Do not put the color flow piece on a refrigerated or frozen cake. If the cake has been refrigerated or frozen, allow it to come to room temperature before placing the color flow decoration on the cake. Allowing the cake to come to room temperature should help prevent the color flow piece from bleeding which is due to moisture. Color flow pieces can be set on sugar cubes to eliminate possible bleeding.

Step 34

Egg White Substitute
Color Flow Mix consists of dried egg whites and sodium lauryl sulfate, which is a preservative.
Color Flow Mix can be substituted in some recipes for egg white. The substitution is one egg white equals two (2) teaspoons dry egg white (Color Flow Mix) plus two (2) Tablespoons water. Color flow mix does not work well for angel food cake.

Step 35

For sugaring fruit or edible flowers
Place 2 teaspoons Color Flow Mix plus 2 tablespoons water in a small bowl; whip with fork. Brush on dry fruit or flower petals. Sprinkle with super-fine or regular granulated sugar. Let dry. Fruit should be used within 8 hours. Do not refrigerate. Flowers will take 24-48 hours to dry.

Step 36

Substitution of Color Flow Mix for Royal Icing
Color Flow Mix can be used in place of Wilton Meringue Powder to make royal icing. Follow the same recipe substituting Color Flow in same proportions. Color Flow recipe will be shinier and more brittle. Meringue Powder usage will create a lighter, fluffier icing because cream of tartar is present.

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Color Flow Icing is rated 4.7308 out of 5 by 26.
Rated 5 out of 5 by from I love this stuff!!! It's so versitle and relatively easy to work with. The best part is that the results look fantastic. i've just done a few projects with it so far, but plan on doing a whole lot more! Just be very gentle when removing it from the parchment paper or formers, it is easy to break. And make at least two of any design you are doing for when one does just that. (The recipe makes quite a lot of icing, so plan ahead and make many designs for various projects. You can store the extra pieces if you are careful.)
Date published: 2011-09-23
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Once you figure out the consistency needed to outline the picture and to fill it in, it is very easy. I've used this to do large pieces like Dora and a tractor and use them as the main theme on birthday cakes. I took a class where I learned color flow, so I don't know if it's tricky to learn on your own. I was show just once in class how to do the consistency for filling in areas and was able to repeat it successfully on my own following the 1 class.
Date published: 2010-12-03
Rated 5 out of 5 by from When making the color flow icing take your time in adding the water to thin it out as to much will make it to thin. Make sure to outline pattern with full strength. When filling go slowly and fill in all areas completely. Dry completely before removing from wax paper. Carefully remove by pulling over side of table but make sure you have your hand under the finished product so it doesn't fall.
Date published: 2010-11-30
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Color flow is one of the techniques I learned in my Wilton classes that I fell in love with instantly. Getting the correct consistency is the key to this, but once you get that, there is so much to do with it. Need edible decorations and don't want to mess with fondant, this is the method for you. From simple dots to more detailed designs, there is no limit to your imagination with this.
Date published: 2010-12-06
Rated 4 out of 5 by from I am a amature baker/cake decorator so I start with things that are not too difficult. I make a color flow picture for my nieces birthday cake and one for my uncle and it was easy and looked great!! I will use this product and method many, many more times!! Loved the result. Make sure you let it dry COMPLETELY before you try to remove it and they are VERY fragile!!
Date published: 2010-11-29
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Things made out of this are great looking. Color Flow does take practice though. I found I needed to practice this to get things right and especially small items. Make sure you make extra of whatever you are making as they can break. You should make these things ahead of time to make sure you make it right and have enough drying time. Practice, experiment and enjoy!
Date published: 2010-12-02
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Color Flow Icing is a really unique way to make hardened designs for cakes, cupcakes, or cookies. With care, you will achieve amazing results. You can make characters or images from cartoons or coloring book pages by putting wax paper over the images to outline. People will be amazed that you created these yourself!
Date published: 2010-12-05
Rated 4 out of 5 by from I was tring to come up with an idea of how to make superhero logos for my son's 5th birthday cake and read about color flow icing so decided to try it out...they turned out great and my family were all impressed. Definitely make sure that the color flow is dry before trying to move it. I will be using this again
Date published: 2010-11-30
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