Royal Icing

"When it sets it is a solid frosting for wedding and X-mas cakes. Can also be made into candy by adding flavour to the mix and using a bakers sleeve piped onto greaseproof paper. Alternatively you can use it to make cake decorations by adding colour to the mix."
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Ready In:
1 batch


  • 4 large egg whites
  • 500 g icing sugar
  • 1 teaspoon glycerin


  • Stir the sugar into 3 of the egg whites until you get it falls heavily of the back of a spoon (slopp! is the noise it makes *LOL*).
  • Take a whisk and whisk energetically for about 10 minutes or until you get stiff peaks in the icing.
  • Add the glycerin (if this is for my Christmas cake separate half the mix in a tight lidded jar and store in the fridge).
  • Add the other egg white and beat again.
  • Ice your cake and leave for 24 hours.
  • Further instructions for my Christmas cake.
  • Ok.
  • Use the mix you have to ice the cake make it as flat as possible and then draw a ruler across the top lightly to get it flat (ish).
  • Do the same with the sides.
  • Let the icing set for 24 hours.
  • After 24 hours take out the other half of the icing from the fridge and spread it thickly around the cake; leaving a 8 cm circle in the middle without icing.
  • Let this set for a couple of hours and then place a ribbon round the edge, put some edible red berries in the circle and some edible leaf (mint, rosemary, sage, anything).

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  1. Having had problems in the past with cement-like royal icing, I omitted the glycerin which made the recipe slightly too soft although the lack of marzipan (no nuts in the cake) really wouldn't have helped. note: Royal icing for Christmas cakes appears to bear no relation to a lot of the other royal icing recipes on this site. I think the other reviewer may have been disappointed because of this.


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