need a royal icing recipe that's quick and easy?
Lots of fabulous cake decorating techniques start with this royal icing recipe.
You can use this royal icing recipe for decorating amazing cookies, piping intricate decorations for your cakes or even frosting entire cakes.
Royal icing is a pure white icing that dries to a smooth, hard, matte finish. Professional cake decorators love this stuff because it accepts color really well and it's great for lots of different cake decorating techniques.
It's really just a mix of powdered sugar, lemon juice, and egg whites. If you're worried about the risk of salmonella, you can replace the egg whites with meringue powder. If you use the meringue powder, you might want to add 1/2 teaspoon of your favorite extract, since it doesn't have as good a flavor the egg white version.
If you're using the royal icing to frost a cake, make sure you add the optional glycerine or you'll have a rock hard cake on your hands...I don't think either of us want that!
To add some gorgeous color to your royal icing, use either powder food color or gel paste colors. Add a tiny amount on a tooth pick and mix well.
what you'll need:
The ingredient amounts listed below will make about 1 cup. You can easily double or triple the royal icing recipe
- 1 large egg white or 2 teaspoons meringue powder mixed with 2 tablespoons water
- 1 teaspoon fresh lemon juice
- about 2 cups powdered sugar, sifted
- 1/2 teaspoon glycerin - use this if you don't want the royal icing to dry rock hard
- 1/2 teaspoon vanilla, almond or other extract, optional
here's how to do it...
1. In your stand mixer, or with a hand mixer, beat the egg whites with the lemon juice on low-medium speed.
2. Add the powdered sugar and beat until fully smooth.
3. Use immediately or keep in an airtight container until required. Make sure icing is covered with plastic wrap when not in use.
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