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Small bowls filled with colourful icing with biscuits on the side

Royal icing

Published: October 26, 2021 at 3:12 pm
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  • Preparation and cooking time
    • Total time
  • Easy
  • Ices 15-30 biscuits

Whether you’re decorating a festive fruit cake or building gingerbread houses, royal icing provides an elegant finish – opt for a classic white icing or experiment with food colourings

  • Gluten free
Nutrition:
NutrientUnit
kcal62
carbs15g
sugars14.8g
protein0.3g
salt0.02g
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Make a batch of royal icing, then use it to decorate a selection of Christmas bakes, such as our Christmas cake, Christmas biscuits and gingerbread biscuits.

Looking for more cake decoration ideas? Try our recipes for basic buttercream, chocolate buttercream and cream cheese frosting.

Ingredients

  • 3 egg whites
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 450-500g icing sugar
  • a mixture of colours food colouring gels, (optional)

Method

  • STEP 1

    Whisk together the egg whites and vanilla extract with an electric whisk until frothy. Sift over 300g of the icing sugar and whisk again until thickened and smooth.

  • STEP 2

    Add the remaining icing sugar, sifting in a little at a time until you reach your desired level of thickness. If you're using food colouring gels, divide the icing between bowls based on the number of colours. If you’re flooding biscuits, loosen with a few teaspoons of water first.

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A fruit cake covered in white icing with a slice taken out of it
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