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The Best Royal Icing

This icing can be used for easy piping, to make run outs or collars slowly add drops of water until desired consistency is reached. Ingredients: 4 floz water 3 rounded tablespoons meringue powder 1 1/4 LB confectioners sugar Preparation Steps: Mix the meringue powder into the water and let stand for 1/2 hour to allow it to dissolve. Remix and strain to prevent lumps. Using a stand mixer, slowly adding the confectioners sugar one spoonful at a time to the meringue water mixure, until full peak is reached. A full peak is when the icing will stand up into a peak without tipping over. Important note: Once full peak has been reached mix slowly for 10 minutes it is light and easy to pipe. This icing can be used for easy piping, to make run outs or collars slowly add drops of water until desired consistency is reached.

Comments (13)

i add my meringue powder to my icing sugar then add my water find it thickens much quicker
How long will this keep and how do you store? Thank you.
What does it mean to make run outs or collars?
How do I get it smooth on my cake and then soft enough for writing /
I didn't know what a collar was until yesterday. It's a decorative piece done on a flat suface with wax paper, then allowed to dry. Then it's placed on top of the cake. I saw a utube video yesterday.
For Starrm6011: Royal icing is not normally used for icing a cake or writing on one. Lots of people make flowers with it that will last for months once dried.
I am in FL and need to make a wedding cake for my grand daughter. I left my royal icing recipe in Minnesota. I would like the one made with egg whites. Please send me that recipie if possible. Thanks, Joann
The idea is to make sure there are no lumps for using very fine stringwork. That is why you soften it in water and strain it. The other idea is not to "thicken" the icing but rather to incorporate air into the mixture to make it easier to handle. As for icing cakes with royal icing it is a practice of the European decorators as they usually make fruit cakes that last long, marzipan them and then cover in royal icing. It will dry hard so this recipe has too much air to apply on cakes and need to relax for 24 hours before using. It works beautifully to add wringing on fondant, cookies, lace, stringwork, Lambeth etc. To store it you need to keep it in an air tight container with a damp paper towel over the top. I would not use it unless I rebeat the icing again to fluff it up.
Is there a trick for Royal icing without using egg whites? My son is highly allergic, but would like to use the icing for decorating cookies. Any suggestions?
Jitrbug, I have never heard of any substitute for meringue or egg whites. Sorry.
what is the recipe and technique using the egg whites?
I'm in the UK is meringue powder dried egg whites?
Can I use this recipe to premake circles 3 days before. I want to premake them and add them to the top of the cake. I guess I need to know how long it takes for these to harden throughly.
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