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post #1 of 12
Thread Starter 
This is the second time I made antonias royal icing and it came out runny both times. I followed the directions precisely. I tried to make sure that there was no oil residue in the bowl or on the paddle. Is there anyway that I can make it that great stiff consistency?
post #2 of 12
What is Antonia's recipe exactly? I use the Wilton royal icing recipe. Sometimes I may have to add a bit more powdered sugar or a drop more of water. Sometimes I will add a drop or two of vanilla. Always a a small amount at a time until you get right consistency.

Humidity will also affect royal icing.
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post #3 of 12
Tell me what you are doing Bouncin4BonJovi...maybe I can solve the problem. How much of what are you adding?? icon_confused.gif
post #4 of 12
Thread Starter 
3/4 cup warm water
5 tbsp of meringue powder
1 tsp of cream of tartar
2 lbs. of powdered sugar

First, I add the water and then the MP and wisk for about 30 seconds. Then I add the COT and wisk for about 30 seconds. Then I add the powdered sugar all at once and mix for 10 minutes at the least. I really feel like crying. Antonia, is there anyway that I can fix this icing, because I really do not want to waste 5 tbsp of MP?!! The first two times I made this icing, it came out awesome!!!
post #5 of 12
You are using too much water. 6 Tablespoons max. Add 5 then drop water in using a squeeze bottle. This way you won't get it too runny. to your soup icing. Add p sugar and more meringue powder.
post #6 of 12
No, she is using my exact recipe to a "T". 6 ounces of water (3/4 cup) is correct.

And you are mixing it with the paddle attachment of the KitchenAid/mixer for a full 10 minutes?

If you've done it before and it worked perfectly then I can't explain why it is not working now... icon_cry.gif

You could try adding extra icing sugar with the paddle going until it thickens up?
post #7 of 12
Thread Starter 
That is why I am so upset, because it has worked before. Could the water be too warm? This icing is awesome when it comes out right. I am going to try it again. Wish me luck!
post #8 of 12
the water should be no warmer than a bath...

...also, 1 kilogram of icing sugar is technically 2.2 lbs...so do add a bit more.


Good luck!! thumbs_up.gif
post #9 of 12
you are not useing a plastic bowl, or have any oil residue on any of your utenciles. Oil will cause Royal icing to turn runny. Sometimes you just need to try again.
post #10 of 12
I thought the recipe calls for 2-lbs 4 oz. of powdered sugar. I always start with 3/4 cup of water then add 2-3 more tablespoons to get it runny.
post #11 of 12
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Originally Posted by barbara-ann

I thought the recipe calls for 2-lbs 4 oz. of powdered sugar. I always start with 3/4 cup of water then add 2-3 more tablespoons to get it runny.





2 lbs 4 oz is 2.2 lbs (or 1 kilogram)
post #12 of 12
Hi

Are you weighing your sugar or have you recalculated to use cups?

Im in UK and always have to change to pounds or Kilos and i quite often get it wrong! Even though I am a book keeper by trade, my math is bad!!!!

Also, are you using digital scales? Mine went a bit mad when the battery go low.

Just a thought
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