On Saturday, I met some friends to watch the Atlanta Pride Pride in midtown Atlanta. To celebrate the occasion, I created a set of Atlanta-themed cookies with a rainbow look. Using my technique for sugar ombre, I blended six sugar colors to create a blended rainbow look.
Learn more, after the jump…
To create these cookies, I started with a 6-1/2″ by 2-1/2″ cookie rectangle cut using a plastic template and baked. I filled the rectangle cookie with white royal icing. After the white icing had completely dried, I outlined the letters with black royal icing.
After the icing was completely dry, I created a blend of sugars for the rainbow effect.
To create the rainbow effect, I used six main colors (red, orange, yellow, light green, blue, and purple). From these six colors, I created five color blends to enhance the rainbow appearance. In the above photo, the blends are in the bowls and the primary colors remain in the jars. These cookies used 11 total sugar colors:
- Red (2 tsp)
- Red-Orange (1 tsp red + 1 tsp orange)
- Orange (2 tsp)
- Orange-Yellow (1 tsp orange + 1 tsp yellow)
- Yellow (2 tsp)
- Yellow-Green (1 tsp yellow + 1 tsp light green)
- Green (2 tsp light green)
- Green-Blue (1 tsp light green + 1 tsp blue)
- Blue (2 tsp)
- Blue-Purple (1 tsp blue + 1 tsp purple)
- Purple (2 tsp)
To begin the sugar application, I first divided the word “Atlanta” into 11 equally-sized areas with each area filled with one color. For each area, I applied clear piping gel with a small paintbrush. After pouring sugar onto the area of piping gel, I removed the extra sugar being sure not to contaminate other sugar colors.
This cookie has had the red, red-orange, and orange sugars applied. The difference between the red and red-orange is difficult to tell in the photo, but if you compared the left and right halves of the letter “A,” you might be able to tell the subtle difference. The subtle difference is intentional and results in a seamless rainbow effect.
As a result of the brushing, some of the sugar may adhere to the black piped letter outlines. After the gel has dried, the extra sugar on the black icing can be scraped off for a more uniform effect.
For safe transport, I placed the cookies in sealed plastic treat bags.