The other day I posted directions for making stiff consistency royal icing, and now I'm going to show you how to color it without excessively lessening its thickness. This time of year around Halloween I find myself needing two of the more challenging colors to create, black and red. I highly recommend AmeriColor Soft Gel Paste in Super Red and Super Black. You can tell they get a lot of use, because the words on the labels are mostly worn off.
This is a photo of the icing I made the other day. I held it like this for about half a minute; it's not going anywhere. Some might think this is TOO thick to be considered stiff consistency, but I always make it a little thicker than I want it because it will become creamier when the color gel is added to it. If you're wondering what the solution for creamier stiff consistency royal icing is when the color you want is white, just add a few drops of water or a tiny amount of piping gel. I truly mean a few drops; I like to run my hand under the tap and then flick a drop or three off my fingertips. Don't use a squirt bottle or whatever; those tend to gout out way more water than you're anticipating.
Scrape it off into a small container…
bag tie and a tip cover, and your bag is ready to go.