Royal Icing

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Royal Icing dries to a smooth, hard finish as opposed to other frostings in this chapter. Royal Icing works well to make hard, candylike decorations or to add a hard glaze to cookies, but it isn't a good choice for frosting entire cakes. It dries quickly, so keep it covered with a damp cloth while working with it.
3 cups (serving size: 1 tablespoon)


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1 (16-ounce) package powdered sugar, sifted
3 tablespoons meringue powder
6 to 8 tablespoons warm water
Paste food coloring


Beat first 3 ingredients at low speed with an electric mixer until blended.

Beat at high speed 4 to 5 minutes or until stiff peaks form. If icing is too stiff, add additional water, 1/4 teaspoon at a time, until desired consistency.

Color icing as desired with food coloring.

Note: Find meringue powder at craft stores and cake decorating stores.

Created date

October 2003

Nutritional Information

Calories 57
Fat 0.0 g
Cholesterol 0.0 mg
Sodium 5 mg