What Is a Recipe for Royal Icing Using Powdered Sugar?


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A simple recipe for royal icing with powder sugar is Alton Brown's recipe available through the Food Network. This recipe requires powdered sugar, egg whites and some vanilla extract.

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What Is a Recipe for Royal Icing Using Powdered Sugar?
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Royal Icing

A favorite with professional chefs, royal icing gives cakes and cookies a dry, hard coat of icing. This type of frosting is also useful for cake decorating. It acts like an edible cement to hold small decorations in place on the cake. It also gives the cake a hard, smooth surface for decorating. Bakers use stiffer versions of royal icing to create flowers, leaves and more to decorate their cakes. The recipe for royal icing is simple.

Prep Time: 7 min.

Ready In: 7 min.


  • 3 ounces egg whites
  • 4 cups powdered sugar
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract

Step 1: Beat the egg whites and vanilla extract in a large stand mixer until they are frothy.

Step 2: Set the mixer speed to low.Pour in the powdered sugar slowly. Beat until the icing is shiny. Increase the speed to high and beat the icing for between 5 to 7 minutes. This is whenit forms stiff peaks.

Step 3: At this point, add a few drops of the desired food coloring or leave it white. This icing is good for up to 3 days in an airtight container in the refrigerator.

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