Royal Icing

Royal Icing

0:10 To Prep
0:00 To Cook
1 Servings
Average Rating
Difficulty Easy

DIY icing


  • 500g icing sugar
  • 1 tsp cream of tartar
  • 3 egg whites

Step 1

Place sugar and cream of tartar in a mixing bowl.

Step 2

Gradually add egg whites, whisking constantly with an electric mixer until the mixture forms a thick white paste. The whisk should be able to stand upright in the mixture.

Step 3

Add more icing sugar if necessary.

Step 4

Keep icing covered in an airtight container or covered with a damp cloth at all times to prevent hardening. To use, place in a zip-lock bag and push the icing down to one corner. Snip a tiny corner from the bag and pipe icing.

Chef's Tips

When making Royal Icing it is important to use pure icing sugar to create a stiff icing. Do not use soft icing mixture as this contains cornflour. The cream of tartar ensures a pure white icing. Royal Icing dries hard and fast making it ideal for producing intricate piping work and is wonderful as a glue for constructing gingerbread houses.

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