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