A Royal Icing Recipe

This royal icing recipe can be used in a variety of ways to decorate and frost. It is pure white and hardens as it dries. It's perfect for intricate piping onto a cake. You can make delicate drop strings, flowers that can be kept and used for future projects and so much more. 

Here is an example of a fondant covered wedding cake with royal icing decorations.  Royal icing recipe is 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.

Royal Icing Recipe Video 

The video of the royal icing recipe will show you the steps to making this versatile icing. The recipe is written for you below the video. And you can always print the page using the print function at the  bottom of the page. 


  • 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 2 minutes. Keep covered with a damp cloth. The icing dries very quickly.

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Royal Icing Flowers

Snowflakes, lace or any type of three dimensional decoration can be made using this amazing cake decorating frosting. In the video you'll see an example of flowers piped onto toothpicks and then inserted into the cake. Lettering can also be piped over templates, dried and then placed. 

Using Meringue Powder

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 Q&A section.

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