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.

Recipe by Southern Living January 1999


Recipe Summary

3 cups (serving size: 1 tablespoon)


Ingredient Checklist


Instructions Checklist
  • 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.

Nutrition Facts

57 calories; sodium 5mg.