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black and white macarons filled with rainbow frosting and topped with a rainbow colored drizzle.

Black and White Macarons with Rainbow Drizzle

Today I will show you how to make these black and white macarons with a rainbow colored drizzle on top. The macarons are filled with a rainbow buttercream.
Course Dessert
Cuisine American
Keyword macarons, pride
Prep Time 2 hours
Cook Time 40 minutes
Total Time 2 hours 40 minutes
Servings 22 macarons
Calories 90 kcal
Author camila

Ingredients

Macaron Shells

  • 100 grams egg whites
  • 100 grams white granulated sugar
  • 105 grams almond flour
  • 105 grams powdered sugar
  • Food coloring for the white I didn't use any food coloring, but you can always add a bit of white powder food coloring by the Sugar Art, and for the black batter I used black powder by the Sugar Art and also black gel food coloring by Americolor

For the decoration

  • 1/4 cup each candy melt color red, orange, yellow, green, blue, and purple

Rainbow Frosting

  • 85 grams cream cheese, softened 6 tbsp
  • 42.5 grams unsalted butter, softened 3 tbsp
  • 125 grams powdered sugar
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • Powder food coloring red, orange, yellow, green, blue, and purple

Instructions

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. I use a baking mat with the macaron template already in it.
  4. Measure out all of the ingredients.
  5. Sift the powdered sugar and almond flour together. Set it aside.
  6. Place a bowl over a pan with barely simmering water. Add the sugar and egg white powder to the bowl if using. If you’re not using egg white powder simply skip it.
  7. Whisk the sugar and egg white powder so it doesn’t clump up.
  8. Add the egg whites to the bowl and whisk until 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.
  9. Make sure the bottom of the bowl isn’t touching the simmering water because you don’t want the whites to cook.
  10. Also, don’t overheat the sugar syrup, this may cause issues down the line, such as wrinkly macarons.Transfer the syrup to the bowl of a stand mixer.
  11. 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 medium or medium-high and whip for a few minutes until stiff peaks are formed.
  12. When making the black macarons, I added about 3/4 tsp of black powder food coloring to the meringue during the initial whipping stage. This will help later to not have to add so much gel food coloring to obtain the deep black.
  13. If making the white macarons don’t add any food coloring at this point.
  14. To know if the meringue is done whipping , keep your eye on the whites. Once they get glossy and you start seeing streaks formed by the whisk, and the meringue raising in the center of the whisk, it might be time to stop.
  15. You don’t want to overbeat the mixture at this point, because you don’t want to add too much air to it. Just whisk until stiff peaks have formed.
  16. 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 to the side.
  17. Pour the sifted powdered sugar and almond flour into the stiff meringue.
  18. Start folding gently forming a letter J with a spatula.
  19. Add the food coloring at this point, if using. If making the black batter add gel black food coloring, I add a lot of it, sometimes almost half of a small bottle.
  20. To make the white batter I simply omitted the food coloring. You could also add white powder food coloring. It is not needed but it does help keeping the macarons super white.
  21. After adding all the food coloring continue to fold the batter, incorporating the ingredients and then squeezing the air out by pressing the batter down along the sides of the bowl as you stir.
  22. 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.
  23. 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.
  24. There’s another test you can do. I call it the Teaspoon test. Grab a teaspoon of batter and spoon onto the parchment paper or silicon mat. Wait a minute to see how it behaves.
  25. If the batter stays stiff, forming a point and doesn’t spread out, fold a little bit more, about 3 folds.
  26. Test again.
  27. You don’t want your batter to be too runny either. So be careful not to over mix. It’s always best to under mix and test several times until the proper consistency has been achieved.
  28. 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.
  29. Once the batter spreads out a bit and starts to look glossy and smooth on top, on the parchment paper, it's ready.
  30. Transfer the batter to the piping bag.
  31. 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.
  32. Once you’ve piped as many circles as you could, bang the trays against the counter a few times each.

  33. Use a toothpick to pop any air bubbles in the surface of the shells.
  34. 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.
  35. Pre-heat the oven to 325ºF.
  36. Bake one tray at a time.
  37. Bake for 5 minutes, rotate the tray.
  38. I bake each tray for about 15 to 20 minutes.
  39. 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.
  40. Remove from the oven and bake the other tray.
  41. Let the macarons cool down before proceeding with the filling.

Decorating the shells

  1. To decorate the shells with the rainbow drizzle, I used candy melts. I did blue, green, red, yellow, orange, and since I couldn’t find purple, I mixed pink and blue candy melts to make the purple color.
  2. Melt the candies in the microwave at 15 second intervals, stirring in between, and stir until completely melted.
  3. Place each color in a piping bag, or use a squeeze bottle.
  4. Pipe one color in each shell, follow by the next color of the rainbow.
  5. Let the shells dry completely.

Rainbow Frosting

  1. For the filling in these macarons I decided to make just a simple and quick Cream Cheese Frosting. Start by beating the cream cheese and softened butter until creamy for a couple of minutes. Then with the mixer off, add the powdered sugar and mix on low until combined. If it’s not coming together you may want to add a splash of water or milk to help them combine.

  2. Raise the speed to medium high and whip for another minute. Add the vanilla and mix to combine.
  3. If the buttercream is too soft, add more powdered sugar, and if the buttercream is too stiff, add a bit more milk or water, one teaspoon at a time, to achieve the perfect consistency.
  4. Once the buttercream is ready, divide it between 6 different bowls.
  5. Color each bowl one color of the rainbow.
  6. I am using powdered food coloring because it’s so much better for buttercream than gel because you don’t add any extra moisture to the frosting.
  7. Lay a piece of plastic wrap on the counter. Then pipe or spread with a spatula each color on the plastic wrap.
  8. Roll the plastic into a log then snip the excess plastic at the bottom with scissors.
  9. Place the log of frosting inside a piping bag fitted with the tip of choice. I am using a Wilton 6B piping tip.
  10. Then pipe a bit of frosting on each bottom macaron shell.
  11. Try to apply even pressure as you pipe so all the colors come out at the same time.
  12. Top with another macaron shell.
  13. Let the macarons mature overnight before serving.
  14. Let them sit at room temperature for about 10 minutes before serving.

Storage

  1. These macarons can be stored in the fridge for 5 to 7 days, or in the freezer for up to 1 month or so.

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 like to start by adding powder black food coloring to the meringue (about 3/4 tsp), and then adding about another tablespoon of gel food coloring during the macaronage. For the powder food coloring I use The Sugar Art, and for the gel food coloring I use Americolor. And for the white batter, you can leave it without food coloring or add some white powder food coloring, about 1/2 tsp should do the trick.

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
Black and White Macarons with Rainbow Drizzle
Amount Per Serving (1 macaron)
Calories 90
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.