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Pink Floyd Macarons, black macarons with the pink floyd logo drawn on top with royal icing.

Pink Floyd Macarons

Today I am going to show you how to make Pink Floyd Macarons, they are decorated with royal icing and are fun to make.
Course Dessert
Cuisine American
Keyword macarons, pink floyd
Prep Time 2 hours
Cook Time 40 minutes
Total Time 2 hours 40 minutes
Servings 20 macarons
Calories 80 kcal
Author camila

Ingredients

Black Macaron Shells

  • 4 grams egg white powder optional read notes
  • 100 grams granulated sugar 3.5 oz
  • 100 grams egg whites 3.5 oz
  • 105 grams almond flour 3.7 oz
  • 105 grams powdered sugar 3.7 oz
  • Food coloring I used black gel food coloring and some black powder food coloring*

Black Frosting

  • 5 tablespoons unsalted butter 2.5 oz, 70 grams
  • 1/3 cup black or regular cocoa powder 40 grams, 1.4 oz
  • 2 cups powdered sugar 343 grams, 12 oz
  • 2-4 tablespoons milk
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • Black food coloring if not using black cocoa powder

Royal Icing

  • 1 cup powdered sugar 125 grams
  • 2 tsp meringue powder
  • 1-3 tbsp water
  • Food coloring: red orange, yellow, green, blue, and purple

Instructions

Black Macaron Shells

  1. Before you start, get all of the ingredients ready. Prepare a large piping bag, fitted with a large round tip, I use a 1/2” diameter tip. Set aside.
  2. Line two baking sheets with parchment paper or silicone mat.
  3. Measure out all of the ingredients.
  4. Sift the powdered sugar and almond flour together. Set it aside.
  5. Whisk the sugar and the egg white powder (if using) in a bowl, and place it over a pan with barely simmering water. Add the egg whites to the sugar and whisk the mixture until frothy and the sugar is completely melted. It will take a couple of minutes. You can test by touching the mixture between your fingers, and if you feel any sugar granules just keep whisking the mixture over the water bath.
  6. Make sure the bottom of the bowl isn’t touching the simmering water because you don’t want the whites to cook.
  7. Also, don’t overheat the sugar syrup, this may cause issues down the line, such as wrinkly macarons.
  8. Transfer the syrup to the bowl of a stand mixer.
  9. With the whisk attachment, start whisking mixture on low for about 30 seconds, then gradually start increasing speed to medium. Whisk on medium for one to two minutes, until the mixture is white and starting to become fluffy. Raise the speed to high, or medium-high and whisk for a few minutes until stiff peaks are formed. Best way to check this is to keep your eye on the whites. Once they get glossy and you start seeing streaks formed by the whisk, it might be time to stop.
  10. Whisk until stiff peaks have formed. When you pull your whip up, the peak should be stiff and shooting straight up, with possibly a slight bend at the top, but not bending down to the side.
  11. Pour the sifted powdered sugar and almond flour into the stiff meringue.
  12. Start folding gently forming a letter J with a spatula.
  13. Add the food coloring at this point, if using. I’ve added some black powder food coloring first, but the batter wasn’t achieving the deep color I wanted. So I decided to add black gel food coloring, and it worked great!
  14. How to know when to stop folding the batter: It’s time to stop folding when the batter is glossy and has a thick and flowing consistency. There are several ways to test this.
  15. First, pick up some batter with the spatula and try to draw a figure 8 with the batter that is dripping off the spatula. If you can form several 8 figures without the batter breaking up, that’s one indication that it might be ready.
  16. There’s another test you can do. I call it the Teaspoon test.
  17. Grab a teaspoon of batter and spoon onto the parchment paper or silicon mat. Wait a minute to see how it behaves.
  18. If the batter stays stiff, forming a point and doesn’t spread out, fold a little bit more, about 3 folds.
  19. Test again.
  20. Once the batter spreads out a bit and starts to look glossy and smooth on top, on the parchment paper, it’s ready.
  21. You don’t want your batter to be too runny either. So be careful not to overmix. It’s always best to undermix and test several times until the proper consistency has been achieved.
  22. When you hold the spatula with batter on top of the bowl and the batter falls off the spatula slowly but effortlessly the batter is ready. The batter will keep flowing off the spatula non-stop, but not too quickly.
  23. Transfer the batter to the piping bag.
  24. Place the piping bag directly 90 degrees over the center of each macaron template. Apply gentle pressure and carefully pipe for about 3 seconds, and then quickly pull the bag up twisting slightly.
  25. Once you’ve piped as many circles as you could, bang the trays against the counter a few times each.

  26. Use a toothpick to pop any air bubbles in the surface of the shells.
  27. Let the trays sit for a while so the shells will dry out a little bit. I usually leave about 20-40 minutes, depending on how humid the day is. You’ll know they’re ready when you gently touch the surface of a macaron and it seems dry.
  28. Pre-heat the oven to 325ºF.
  29. Bake one tray at a time.
  30. Bake for 5 minutes, rotate tray.
  31. I bake each tray for about 15 to 20 minutes.
  32. When baked, the macarons will have a deeper color and formed feet. If you try to move a macaron, it shouldn’t feel jiggly. If the macaron is still jiggly, keep baking.
  33. Remove from the oven and bake the other tray.
  34. Let the macarons cool down before proceeding with the filling.

Black Chocolate Frosting

  1. Beat the butter with an electric mixer on medium high for a couple of minutes.
  2. With the mixer off, add powdered sugar, cocoa powder, and milk.
  3. You can use regular cocoa powder or black cocoa powder. If using black cocoa powder you can skip the food coloring, here I am adding a bit of black powder food coloring to make the frosting black.
  4. Mix on low until dry ingredients are incorporated with the butter.
  5. Add milk as needed if the frosting is too dry or stiff.
  6. Raise the speed to medium-high, and beat from 30 -60 seconds, until smooth.
  7. Add the vanilla and mix.
  8. The frosting should be smooth, thick, not too stiff. Add more milk if the frosting is too stiff, and add more powdered sugar if the frosting is too runny and you went overboard with the milk.
  9. Always remember the a little bit of liquid here goes a long way, so you don’t want to be adding too much milk to the frosting.

Royal Icing

  1. Beat all ingredients together, except for the food coloring, for about 5 minutes on high speed.
  2. Divide into 6 bowls. Color one bowl red, one orange, yellow, green, blue, and purple, and leave one white. Remember to always keep the royal icing covered, or it will start to dry out pretty soon.
  3. You might need to add more water to adjust the consistency, or maybe even more sifted powdered sugar, if your icing is too thin. The consistency should be flowing but not too liquidy.
  4. Place the icing in a piping bag and tie the end with a bag tie. Then snip the ends with scissors.
  5. With the white batter pipe a triangle and then the light shining on the triangle. And use each color to make the rainbow reflecting on the other side of the triangle. I like to let each color dry for a few minutes before piping the next, so they don’t merge together.
  6. Let it dry for a few hours, maybe overnight until completely set.

To assemble

  1. Pipe a dollop of frosting on the bottom shell of each macaron and top with a decorated shell.

Storage

  1. Store the macarons in the fridge for up to 4-5 days, or in the freezer for up to a month.

Recipe Notes

Egg white powder: Egg white powder is not the same as meringue powder. Egg white powder is made of only egg whites. They help with getting fuller shells, and specially when adding a lot of food coloring to the batter, because they make the shells dry faster. I recommend experimenting with it if you can find it. I use 4 grams for each 100 grams of egg whites.

Food coloring: Make sure to use gel food coloring, not liquid. If you are a beginner macaron baker, I recommend going easy on the food coloring, as it can alter your batter a lot, and it can take extra mixing time, specially if you continue to add the food coloring as you do the macaronage. I had started by adding black powder food coloring to the batter, but the color wasn’t deep enough, so I decided to add the gel instead.

Scale: Please use a scale when measuring the ingredients for accuracy.

Macaron amount: it will vary greatly depending on how big you pipe the shells, and on how runny or thick the batter is.

Baking time/temperature: Baking time and temperature will vary according to your own oven. I recommend experimenting with your oven to find out the best time, temperature, position of the baking tray.

Oven thermometer: Make sure to have an oven thermometer to bake macarons. It’s one of the most important things about making macarons. Home ovens aren’t accurate at all at telling the temperature, and even a slight 5 degree difference can make or break your whole batch.

Tray rotation: Lots of bakers don’t have to rotate the trays 180 degrees in the oven every 5 minutes, but I do have to with my oven, or I will get lopsided macarons. Please adjust this according to your oven.

Nutrition Facts
Pink Floyd Macarons
Amount Per Serving (1 macaron)
Calories 80
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.