Royal icing is a type of icing used in cake decorating and cookie decorating. It is made from egg whites and powdered sugar and has a smooth and glossy texture. Royal icing is commonly used to decorate sugar cookies, gingerbread houses, wedding cakes, and other baked goods.
The name “royal” comes from its use in royal weddings and other special occasions. It is known for its ability to harden and hold its shape, making it perfect for creating intricate designs and decorations. Royal icing can also be colored with food coloring to create a variety of shades and hues. It is often piped onto cookies or cakes using a pastry bag to create detailed designs such as flowers, borders, and lettering.
3 egg whites
1 pound (454 g) of powdered sugar (confectioner’s sugar)
1/2 tsp cream of tartar
Food coloring (optional)
- In a large mixing bowl, beat the egg whites with an electric mixer on high speed until they become frothy.
- Add in the cream of tartar and continue to beat until soft peaks form.
- Gradually add the powdered sugar, about 1/2 cup at a time, while continuing to beat on medium speed.
- Beat until the mixture becomes thick and glossy, and forms stiff peaks. This should take about 5-7 minutes.
- If you want to add food coloring, divide the icing into separate bowls and add a few drops of food coloring to each bowl. Mix well until you achieve the desired color.
- Once the icing is ready, transfer it to a pastry bag or a plastic bag with the tip snipped off.
- Use the icing to decorate cookies, cakes, or other baked goods as desired.