We know that making multi-colored macarons can be tricky. Splitting a batch comes with several risks that I, for one, am not wanting to mess with. By not having to split the batch you don’t run the risk of over macaronaging. This can happen when trying to pipe several colors at once.
Lets just talk about failure for a minute, two years ago when we first tried our hand at multi colored macs it was met with several defeats, like splotchy tops, no feet, over-ruffled feet; nothing we did would just be the right thing to achieve this look. I think you probably understand, and maybe you have even been there too. So when we dreamed up this easier method we knew we had to share it. Use this simple way to multi-colored macarons next time you want to impress.
Here’s what you will need to make multi-colored macarons:
- Gel- Pink, Yellow and Orange
- Powder- lime, blue and purple
Our macaron shell recipe: but don’t use color in the shells when mixing
Baking sheets (Use our code SWEETMACSHOP for 10% off)
Silicone mats. Parchment works too.
Piping bag and Tip
Spatula (just one instead of several, yay!)
Now let’s get started!
Mix batter as directed. When it comes to adding a color to your batter, don’t! Leave it white. Yes, I know what I am doing.
Once macaronaged, set batter aside and lay out a piece of plastic wrap.
Sprinkle two colors of powder fairly close together in a row. Make sure you do one color per row. (If using gel lightly squeeze a row of color. We used three colors on the bottom.) The idea for multi-colored macarons is just that: multiple colors.
Lay your white batter carefully on top.
TIP: Don’t make the batter too long or it will stick out of the piping bag. (Keep it like how I like my stuffed animals: short and fat.)
Sprinkle one more color on top of the batter, or one line of gel coloring (see video).
Roll the batter and colors up in the plastic wrap, pinching in both ends. When piping bag is ready and tip is in place, cut one end of the plastic wrap and put that end down into the bag. Give the piping bag one good hard shake to get the tube of plastic wrap down to the piping tip.
Pipe as usual. Watch all the colors start appearing — it’s truly magic without the headache!
First, make sure you powder or gel is in a straight line down the plastic wrap.
Next, using 2 colors works amazing, 3 colors is pretty too, but more than that it will end up being very colorful
Finally, don’t lay down too long of a line of batter on the plastic wrap. Keep it short so that the full plastic wrap with batter will fit in the piping bag. So many times I have made the plastic wrap and batter longer than a piping bag and have had some real messes on my hands.
If using gel colors also be careful not to add too much color, minimum is best. even if you want to add a dot or three down a row the macronage as it moves thru the piping bag/plastic wrap will pick up the color 🙂
I also always rest the macarons after piping 30 min until your finger runs across the top without sticking, just to insure they will turn out.
Make sure to use the hashtag #thosemacstho when posting to social media so I can see your fun must-colored macarons!