photo by Marg (CaymanDesigns)
- Ready In:
- Combine egg whites and cream of tartar in a large mixing bowl.
- Beat at medium speed on mixer until frothy.
- Add half of powdered sugar, mixing well.
- Add remaining sugar and beat 5-7 minutes at high speed, until mixture is stiff and holds a peak.
- Color with desired amount of paste food coloring.
- NOTE: Icing dries very quickly; keep icing covered with a damp cloth when not using.
Great, simple icing! To Toots70 - confectioners sugar 16oz refers to weight not liquid measure. Also you don't need to chill the bowl and beaters for egg whites - that's for whipped cream. For egg whites you mostly just need to be sure they are clean as grease will prevent the whites from forming properly. Easy to get the rules confused!
I received this exact recipe from my daughter's grade 1 teacher for the gingerbread houses they were making in class. This icing was easy to make and spreading was a breeze. I doubled the recipe and used a 1 kg package of icing sugar and it was the perfect consistancy. I didn't use any coloring this time, but I will be making this to frost cookies in the future and I will try it with the coloring then. Thanks for this recipe!
This is the perfect icing if you need "glue"! We used it for a gingerbread house and also for a few more projects. I omitted the cream of tartar and it still held up perfectly. If you plan to eat it, consider adding a splash of vanilla. Without it, it tastes pretty much like the "glue" it substitutes.