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Royal Icing

Yield 3 cups (serving size: 1 tablespoon)
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

Nutrition Information

  • calories 57
  • fat 0.0 g
  • cholesterol 0.0 mg
  • sodium 5 mg

How to Make It

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

  2. 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.

  3. Color icing as desired with food coloring.

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