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Royal Icing

  • yield: Makes about 1 cup


  • 1 cup confectioners' sugar, sifted
  • 1 tablespoon plus 1/4 teaspoon meringue powder
  • 2 tablespoons water


  1. Step 1

    Combine ingredients in the bowl of an electric mixer fitted with the paddle attachment. Beat on low speed until well combined. For a thinner consistency, usually used for flooding, add more water. A thicker consistency is generally used for further embellishing. Mix until icing holds a ribbon-like trail on the surface for five seconds when you raise the paddle.

Martha Stewart Living Television, March 1999