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Quick Royal Icing

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  • Yield: Makes about 2 1/2 cups


  • 1 pound confectioners' sugar, plus more if needed
  • 5 tablespoons meringue powder
  • A scant 1/4 cup water, plus more if needed
  • Gel-paste food coloring in desired colors (available at, for tinting


  1. Beat together sugar, meringue powder, and water in the bowl of a mixer fitted with the whisk attachment on medium speed until smooth and opaque white, about 7 minutes. If icing is too thick, add more water, 1 teaspoon at a time; if too thin, beat icing 2 to 3 minutes more, or add more sugar, 1 tablespoon at a time.

  2. Divide icing into batches, and mix in a different shade of food coloring to each to tint. Use immediately or store in refrigerator overnight. Stir before using.

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