Royal Icing

Royal Icing - Rebekah and her Ramblings.  A delicious and delectable icing perfect for frosting sugar cookies!Do you guys remember when there was that whole royal wedding thing?  I distinctly remember thinking that all of the people who were literally OBSESSED with it were stupid.  WE LIVE IN AMERICA and America is AWESOME.  To be fair, this wedding was before my love of the beautiful game (also known as soccer) developed and words such as cheers, mate, and fair play became staples in my repertoire.  HOWEVER.  I still find the royal wedding stupid.  America is amazing. For a long time, on principle, I was not a fan of the word ROYAL because ‘murica.  We have a democracy.  We choose our orange and lying candidates for our highest office the best way around – by voting.  But don’t worry my freedom loving friends – royal icing has nothing to do with queens and weddings where people wake up at 2 in the morning to drink gross hot tea.  Royal icing is the kind of icing that pipes smooth and easy but hardens nicely holding the shape you pipe it to – it’s basically a piping lovers dream.  This one is easy to color and it also tastes good which is a major perk as royal icing often tastes kind of chalky or just meh. Make some cookies, make this icing, and enjoy the fact that we live in America danggit (unless you don’t live in America.  In that case, cheers for making my blog INTERNATIONAL).  Was that whole intro really weird OR really awesome?  VOTE IN THE COMMENTS #USA

(disclaimer – I didn’t use this for the flood stage , JUST FOR PIPING)

Royal Icing
Royal Icing - Rebekah and her Ramblings. A delicious and delectable icing perfect for frosting sugar cookies!Yield: about 1.5 cups
Total Time: about 10 minutes

What you need:

  • 4.5 teaspoons meringue powder (found on the baking aisle)
  • 2 tablespoons warm water (plus up to 1 more tablespoon as needed)
  • 2 cups powdered sugar
  • 2 teaspoons light corn syrup
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • food coloring, optional (use sparingly, only to lightly color the frosting)

Directions:

  • In a large bowl, beat the meringue powder with the warm water – start with 2 tablespoons and only add more if needed at the end
  • Beat for about 30 seconds or the mixture is very bubbly and foamy
  • Add the powdered sugar, corn syrup, and vanilla extract
  • Mix on medium high until the mixture fully comes together and stiff peaks form.  The icing will be very thick, but keep going until the peaks are STIFF
  • Add the food coloring once the peaks are stiff if desired.  If you need to thin the frosting out, add 1 tablespoon of warm water
  • Pipe immediately or cover immediately- do not allow the icing to air out as it will harden

This recipe is adapted from Cake Whiz

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