How Much do I Make? (2024)

The biggest struggle I had when I first started decorating was learning how much dough and icing I would need for a cookie project. This blog post will outline my method for planning for small (1 dozen), medium (4 dozen), and large (12 dozen) cookie projects. I hope this is helpful as you tackle your next decorating project!! First, click below to download this free icing chart. Also, at the bottom of this lengthy blog post is an icing video. You can click to watch it here too!

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The Great Icing Experiment

Question: How much icing should I make by icing color?

Hypothesis: It takes approximately 12oz of icing to flood 12 large 4” cookies, 18 medium 3” cookies or 24 small 2” cookies

Tests: I performed 3 separate tests: an average sized project (4 dozen), a large scale project (12 dozen), and a small scale project (1 dozen)


Double batch of icing and a double batch of dough, 3 basic colors + white pipe and yellow 20-second icing

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Separated double batch of icing into containers, approximately 12 ounces for each color.

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Time to color! I pulled out a little extra icing for the yellow 20-second and the white piping. You can see that the orange 12oz bottle is only half full as a result.

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Approximately 12 oz of icing was enough for 2 tablespoons of piping icing (in bag) and 11 oz of flood icing in bottles.

12 oz of icing covered =
12 Large 4” cookies (the cakes)
18 Medium 3" cookies (the hats)***
24 Small 2” cookies (the gift box)

***The orange icing bottle had about 8 oz of icing and covered 12 Medium 3” cookies, therefore, I estimate that 12 oz of icing would cover about 18 medium 3” cookies.

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Take a look at the 12 oz bottles at the end – practically no leftovers! I had to literally scrape the green bottle to finish the last gift box (that might be cutting it a little too close)

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Test 2

Large Scale Project 12 dozen cookies (6 dozen of a real estate gift and 6 dozen of a housewarming gift)

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Materials: 3 double batches of icing and 4 double batches dough (I ended up making 1 more double batch of icing because I realized during mixing I was going to run out). So the final totals were 4 double batches of dough and 4 double batches of icing.

First, I made a list of the cookie designs and the icing colors needed (including shared colors). Next, I estimated how many cookies for each color.

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Time to make the icing! I made 3 double batches of icing (each approximately 36 oz of icing)

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Then I separated….

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And Colored …

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It was at this point that I realized that I did not have enough icing for the 24 Large Real Estate signs (white and brown icing). I made one more double batch of icing. I measured out 24 oz of icing and then split it in half to make the brown and white icing.

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These are the leftovers. As you can see, very little icing remains in the bottles. I overestimated the size of the yellow key and had the most leftover of that color.

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All done!!!

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Test 3

Small scale, 1 dozen cookies, approximate 13-14oz of icing

For my final test, I am going to create 1 dozen cookies with 3 colors

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I started with approximately 13-14oz of icing.

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I separated the icing into equal thirds since I need the same amount for each color.

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I mixed my colors, pulling out 2 tablespoons for piping outlines and details. Since I had less icing, I used an 8oz bottle.

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I like to keep an empty glass on my workspace to flip bottles before flooding.

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This amount of icing proved to be the perfect amount. Not much is leftover! The bottles are almost empty!

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Final Analysis:

A few notes from these three initial tests:

  1. I feel confident stating that: with 12 oz of icing, you can decorate: 12 Large cookies, 18 medium cookies, or 24 small cookies.
  2. This process is approximate, making it quick and easy to set up and mix colors.
  3. In all tests, the icing was almost completely gone after decorating. Therefore, a decorator should plan for extras if doing an icing-intense design (lots of ruffles, basketweave, thick icing borders, icing flowers, etc.)
  4. Finally, AND THIS IS REALLY IMPORTANT, the more icing colors being mixed, the more icing will be required. For example, when I did the test with a dozen cookies, I started with 14 oz of icing instead of 12 oz since I would need three bags (3 colors) for the piping icing.


In all three test cases, I was easily able to predict and make the correct amount of icing so that I did not run out or have lots of leftovers!! Hooray!

Setting up plastic containers with markings:

First, using a liquid measuring cup, measure 12 oz of water.

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Then pour the water into a plastic container.

Using a sharpie marker, make a note of the 12 oz line (I have run my containers through the dishwasher several times without it washing off).

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Add 12 MORE ounces and mark the 24 oz line. This will be helpful for the LARGE cookie projects.

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For small projects I might also measure out a 4 oz and 8 oz line.

Overall, I think this method will be helpful for planning how much of each color to make. I’m also excited to use this method in tutorials so that I can confidently help decorators make a specific number of cookies with a specific amount of icing.

Are you NEW to decorating? Check out this video on how to make royal icing!

Happy Decorating!


How Much do I Make? (2024)


How do you respond to how much do you make? ›

If you don't want to disclose your income, you could respond with a general answer such as, “Not nearly as much as you'd think; enough to get by and to take a decent vacation once in a while, but not enough to have saved for our kids' college tuitions!

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Provide a salary range, include an opportunity for negotiation when the time is right, or deflect the question back to the recruiter. Deliver your answer with confidence, and be prepared to share your reasoning.

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You can try to skirt the question with a broad answer, such as, “My salary expectations are in line with my experience and qualifications.” Or, “If this is the right job for me, I'm sure we can come to an agreement on salary.” This will show that you're willing to negotiate. Offer a range.

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How to Answer, 'What's Your Expected Salary?'
  1. Research the market and salary trends.
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Provide a salary range. If you arrive at the point in the interview when it's time to provide a number, you could offer a range versus a single figure. Keep in mind, however, that the employer may opt for the lower end of your salary range so make sure your target number is as close to your bottom number as possible.

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How to calculate annual income. To calculate an annual salary, multiply the gross pay (before tax deductions) by the number of pay periods per year. For example, if an employee earns $1,500 per week, the individual's annual income would be 1,500 x 52 = $78,000.

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Provide a range

Share your expected salary in a range instead of a single number, so that it sounds flexible. Providing a range also gives you a scope for negotiation. However, keep the range narrow, so that it sounds realistic.

How to answer a desired salary question? ›

On a Job Application

Not all applications will ask for your desired salary, so if they don't ask, there's no need to give one. And if they do ask, keep things simple by saying something like “salary is negotiable” or “salary may be discussed during the interview process.”

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Give a salary range

And by giving any numbers at all, you're “voicing the value you bring to the table,” Crawford says. Showing that you've done your research and you know what you're worth tells an interviewer that you're serious about your skills and what you can bring to their company.

How do you respond to a salary range question? ›

State your range and provide a rationale for why you've landed on that range, sharing some of the research you've done and noting the skills and experience that make you a strong fit for the position. Acknowledge that salary is just one of the factors that will play into your decision to accept the job or not.

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Provide a range, not a sum

For instance, if you would like to make $35,000, then you should state that your salary requirements are between $30,000 and $40,000, rather than $35,000. This way, there is an opportunity to negotiate.

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Sample answer 1: be honest but state your requirements

“I'm very keen on exploring a future here, I'm currently earning $X. I am, however, looking for a role that pays a bit more than what I am currently earning. Based on my research, for my experience level, I'm looking for a salary in the [$-ballpark] range.”

Should you answer how much you make in an interview? ›

At the end of the day, you are not obligated to disclose your current salary to hiring managers or potential employers. Remind your prospective employer that you will consider all reasonable offers, and demonstrate the value that you will bring to their company.

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Here are tips to prepare for the salary question/discussion during job interviews:
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  2. Tip #2: Deflect the salary question if it's asked early in the job interview. ...
  3. Tip #3: Be prepared to provide a salary range. ...
  4. Tip #4: Think about how much you'd like to make.
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What to reply to how much salary do you expect? ›

Tips For Answering The Salary Expectation Question

Consider quoting a little higher than what you finally intend to settle for. For example, if you are looking at a target pay of Rs.30,000 per month, you can quote a range of Rs.35,000 to Rs.40,000. This will ensure that you have enough room for negotiation.

How do you respond when a coworker asks how much you make? ›

As Miss Manners often recommends, a good response to any intrusive question is to turn it around by replying, “Why do you ask?” Then if the questioner is interested in getting a raise, for example, you can point them toward online resources to assess salary averages in their field. Be Firm.

When a guy asks how much you make? ›

How To Handle It Gracefully. If you get the dreaded salary question on an early date, here are some tips to handle it smoothly: Lightheartedly joke about it being personal, then redirect the conversation to another topic entirely. Don't lie, but deflect.

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