Royal Icing Not Setting

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kah22

Royal Icing Not Setting

Iced my cake early this morning. Had it made up to flooding constituency but it doesn't seem to be setting.

I appreciate it takes some time for the icing to dry but how long before I can add a second coat?

The remainder of the icing that I've made is sitting in the bowl with a damp cloth over it. How long will this remain a workable covering?

Any tips on how to get a good coating on the side of the cake. It's a ten inch round cake.

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Welshcookie

Royal icing

I think it would have been better if it was stiffer. Flooding consistency will take ages to set.

I think the first coat should be thin rather than liquid.

Give it time.

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Queen of Puds

royal icing

The first coat should be piping peak that you apply using a metal spatula in a thin layer, usually only a few mm thick. I was taught to dry this for a couple of days, then sand to smooth it off before 2nd coat. The alternative is piping peak in points like snow. Either of these will cover sides, flooding never can really- sorry to bear bad news. I suggest you make the other batch v firm & do the sides rough. I think the flooded top may still be soft on Xmas day - does it really need another coat?

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kah22

Royal Icing Not Setting


"The first coat should be piping peak that you apply using a metal spatula in a thin layer, usually only a few mm thick. I was taught to dry this for a couple of days, then sand to smooth it off before 2nd coat. The alternative is piping peak in points like snow. Either of these will cover sides, flooding never can really- sorry to bear bad news. I suggest you make the other batch v firm & do the sides rough. I think the flooded top may still be soft on Xmas day - does it really need another coat?
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Truth be told - not really. It's my first time with a Christmas cake and my first time icing so I hope my guests are not expecting a Delia standard of icing. Anyway it's the bit inside that counts

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Queen of Puds

royal icing

Absolutely! BTW, you can keep icing well covered (surface well covered with cling) in fridge for a few days. You can, with a careful hand & the right consistency, pipe random wriggles on the surface or use it to stick things on. You can always tie 1 or 2 narrow or broad strips of Xmas ribbon around the sides to make the sides look 'Christmassy' too perhaps.

 
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