Cake Decorating Frosting And A  Royal Icing Recipe

This Wilton cake decorating frosting is great for someone who wishes to have a pure white icing.

I personally only use it for making crisp flowers and leaves and sometimes for students who are just learning cake decorating techniques. (You will find the recipe at the bottom of the page for this Crisco based icing.)

Royal icing is also pure white but it hardens as it dries, it can be used in a variety of ways to decorate and frost. This recipe is shown first and there is a tutorial in video format for you to follow.

The wedding cake topper made with this recipe

The photo below is a close up of my sister in laws bridal cake.

The royal icing recipe is pure white, but not often used as an icing on a cake (at least not in the U.S.) but It's perfect for piping royal icing flowers that can be mounted on wire, lace, lattice , leaves, snowflakes, borders and string work.

wedding cake topper with bunnies and royal icing flowers

The flowers in this photo were made with pastel colored royal icing, mounted on toothpicks and dried overnight. A Styrofoam half ball was used as the base. The bunnies are held on with a dab of the frosting, and the flowers pushed into the Styrofoam.

My video will show you the steps to making royal icing. It's not difficult at all. The only trick is keeping it from drying out. The recipe is written for you below the video.

The Videos

Royal Icing Recipe

  • 3 egg whites
  • 1 pound confectioner's sugar
  • 1/2 teaspoon cream of tartar
  • A squeeze of lemon juice

Combine all ingredients, beat at high speed for 5-10 minutes, depending on your mixer. Keep covered with a damp cloth, the icing dries very quickly.

Royal Icing Snowflakes

Snowflakes, lace or any type of three dimensional decoration can be made using this amazing cake decorating frosting. In the video I show you how to make snowflakes but this technique can be applied to any other design. For example, letters or other objects) use your imagination.

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Using Meringue Powder

royal icing snowflakes on a wedding cake top

You can use Wilton meringue powder for this cake decorating frosting recipe and it can be restored as long as you keep it in an air tight container and bring it to room temperature before re-beating.

Makes 3 cups

  • 3 level tablespoons meringue powder
  • 3 1/2 ounces of warm water
  • 1/2 teaspoon cream of tartar

Combine all ingredient, mixing slowly, then beat at high speed for 7-10 minutes. Keep covered with a damp cloth, icing dries quickly. Store tightly, covered, in a refrigerator for weeks.

Read some of the suggestion for an alternative no fail royal recipe and other helpful ideas for using this fantastic icing by visitors of Wedding Cakes For you.

Wilton Cake Decorating Frosting

To see the classic Wilton icing please visit their website. The design below was straight from the Wilton Cake Decorating books. The blue flowers are made with royal icing.

witon wedding cake design

Check out this royal icing painting and stringwork

This will blow you away :-)

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