Royal Icing Recipe

Photo credit: @dolcecakesconfections


Finding the perfect royal icing recipe is tricky. The key is to understand if you're using it to outline, pipe or flood a cookie. You'll want to have a stiffer royal icing if you're making that outline to flood (like the photo above). You'll want a thinner royal icing to flood your cookies. Below is a basic royal icing recipe. To find what works best for you, you'll have to test a few consistencies. Change the thickness/stiffness of the royal icing by adding a little bit of water and mix it for a few minutes with an electric mixer to create the new consistency. 

To test, you can start with the standard recipe below and then divide it into three bowls. The first bowl will be the standard. The second two you can add one tablespoon of water at a time to thin it out and create a different consistency. Happy decorating!

What you'll need:
-1 box of powdered sugar (1 pound)
-2 egg whites (substitute with 5 tablespoons of meringue powder for children and pregnant women)
-1/2 cup of water

Combine powdered sugar and egg whites in a bowl. Mix at low speed and slowly add in the 1/2 cup of water. Change speed to medium-high for about 5 minutes. It should take around 7 to 10 minutes of mixing to get that ribbon-like trail when you dip and lift a spatula into the royal icing. (Almost like a runny caramel consistency).

Photo credit: @thedessertpantry
February 14, 2016 by Cookie Cutter Kingdom

Our Fool-Proof Royal Icing Recipe

Royal icing is the workhorse of the cookie decorating world. This three-ingredient frosting is shelf-stable, sturdy, and easy to make—in short, everything you want in an icing! You can stir a batch up in 5 minutes or less, including the time it takes to dye the icing your favorite color. It can be spread, drizzled, or piped onto cookies for a variety of effects from rustic to sophisticated. It’s hard to mess up this recipe; just stir until smooth, and be sure to use before the icing dries to a smooth, hard finish.

July 01, 2015 by Cookie Cutter Kingdom


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