Royal Icing

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Royal Icing

Yield: 1 2/3 cups

Prep Time:10 min


16-ounce package powdered sugar
3 tablespoons meringue powder
5 to 6 tablespoons warm water
1 teaspoon light corn syrup
paste food coloring (optional)


Combine first 4 ingredients in a large bowl (starting with 5 tablespoons water). Beat at medium-low speed with an electric mixer 5 to 7 minutes until thick and pourable (adding additional water, as needed). Divide and tint with food coloring, if desired.


*This icing dries quickly, so keep it covered at all times.


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  • Ashley wrote:

    Why do you need the corn syrup? Some royal icing recipes don’t call for this. What is the difference ?

    • Lori Lange wrote:

      Ashley- I’m not really quite sure. Some recipes call for it & some don’t. Maybe it adds a bit more gloss?