Royal icing is such a great sugar product to use. Can be used for so many things. I mostly use it as an icing for my decorated sugar cookies. I also use it as an icing for cake dummies because it goes on like buttercream but hardens and can last forever! Well almost forever. :)
I thought I would share with you a step by step tutorial on how to make this versatile sugar product. Very few ingredients and takes just a few minutes to make. So here you go!
Gather your ingredients. You will need:
* 2/3 c. of warm water
* 1/2 meringue powder
* 2 pound bag of powdered sugar
* 2 tsp flavoring of your choice (I usually use vanilla or lemon)
* gel colors of your choice
Pour the warm water into your bowl. Use the paddle attachment to your mixer.
Add the meringue powder and whip on medium low until foamy.
Add the flavoring. You can use any flavoring you choose. I usually use either vanilla or lemon.
Mix for a few seconds until incorporated.
At this point, turn off the mixer and add the powdered sugar. Cover the top of the bowl with a towel or pouring shield to keep the powdered sugar from getting all over the place.
Start the mixer on the lowest setting and pulse a few times until the powdered sugar is slightly mixed in. Then mix on medium low (I use a #4 setting on my Kitchen Aid) for 4 to 7 minutes, until the icing goes from an ivory color to a bright white. The icing will be shiny and smooth.
It is finished at this point. You can keep it all white and just color as you need it, or you can divide it up into separate containers and add gel colors. This batch will make approximately 5 cups of royal icing. This is a shelf stable recipe because we are using meringue power instead of egg whites. To store, keep in airtight containers and can be kept on your pantry shelves. You can also refrigerate or freeze. Will keep for many months. Before using, remix.
This finished icing is a stiff consistency. If you need to make some of it a flooding consistency, place an amount in a bowl or container and add water just a few drops at a time until you get the consistency you are looking for.
There you have it! Enjoy!