Royal icing

Smooth, sweet and glossy, here is a recipe for royal icing that you can use on your cakes, cupcakes and desserts.

  • 30 mins cooking
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Royal icing
  • 1 1/2 cup (240g) pure icing sugar, approximately
  • 1 egg white
  • 1/2 teaspoon lemon juice
  • few drops glycerine, optional


Royal icing
  • 1
    Sift the icing sugar through a very fine sieve. Lightly beat egg white in a small bowl with a wooden spoon; add icing sugar, a heaped tablespoon at a time, beating well after each addition.
  • 2
    When icing reaches the desired consistency, add juice; beat well. Cover surface of icing tightly with plastic wrap while not using to prevent crust developing. Icing will harden considerably on standing. For a slightly softer icing, add a few drops of glycerine to the icing.


Royal icing dries hard which makes it perfect for detailed decoration of cakes and cookies. For best effect, apply royal icing using a piping bag.

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