Royal Icing (with Meringue Powder)

This simple royal icing is made using meringue powder versus other versions that use egg whites. Use it for cookies, decorating gingerbread houses and cakes.


about 1 1/2 cups icing


  • 2 cups C&H® Confectioners Sugar
  • 1 1/2 tablespoons meringue powder
  • 3 tablespoons warm water
  • assorted food coloring


In a bowl, with mixer at medium speed, beat confectioners' sugar, meringue powder and warm water until stiff peaks form, about 5 to 7 minutes. If icing is too thick, add a couple of drops of water. If icing is too thin, add additional confectioners' sugar; continue beating until desired consistency.

Tint icing with desired food coloring. Using pastry bag with decorator tip, decorate as desired.


Meringue powder is available in specialty stores wherever cake decorating equipment is sold.

Use royal icing immediately. Keep covered with a damp cloth or plastic wrap to prevent drying.