I’ve been using this easy homemade royal icing recipe for a few years now, and it always works out perfectly! You definitely don’t need to be an expert to make and use it. This easy homemade royal icing recipe is great for baking with kids.
What is Royal Icing?
Royal icing is used for decorating ornate cakes and cookies. It’s made with three ingredients:
How to “flood” Cookies
When using royal icing to decorate sugar cookies, experts call the technique “flooding.” As you squeeze the icing onto the cookies, it sort of pools and spreads. I prefer using it because even if you aren’t a skilled decorator, the icing gives the appearance that you are more trained than you appear haha!
What’s the Best Tool for Applying Royal Icing?
Right before hosting a cookie decorating party earlier this month, I came across this brilliant hack! Squeezable condiment bottles are the best tool for applying royal icing! You can get these bottles at Dollar Stores (mine had them for 2 for $1)! You can also find on Amazon.
Can I Freeze Royal Icing?
If you end up with extra, you can definitely freeze the icing for up to a month. When you’re ready to use the rest, simply let the icing thaw out, and once the consistency becomes malleable it’s ready to use.
How to Make Royal Icing
- Stand Mixer
- Squeezable Condiment Bottles
- 4 C Powdered Sugar
- 3 tbsp Meringue Powder
- 10-15 tbsp Water
- Food Coloring optional
- Using a stand mixer with whisk attachment, beat all ingredients (including food coloring) together on high speed for 3- 5 minutes. When you lift the whisk out of the icing, it should drizzle down and smooth out within about 5 seconds. If this doesn't happen, continue to add 1 tbsp water at a time to thin it out. If it's too thin, add a little more powdered sugar.
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