How To Make Royal Icing For Piping & Flooding

How to make Royal Icing

I have received many questions about how I make my royal icing. I make royal icing with eggwhites (pasturized) since meringue powder and dried eggwhite powder is not very common here in Denmark. Some of the cake decorating shops may have it though, but I stick to the eggwhites.

If you know how to make royal icing, but are having trouble getting it runny for flooding your cookies, this step by step instruction might be helpful to you. I can tell that I always start out with a stiff royal icing and then I thin it down with water to either soft for piping and runny for flooding.

Always remember to cover up your royal icing with either cling film or a wet cloth as this will prevent the royal icing to dry out. Also if your icing gets too thick add water or if it is too wet add more icing sugar. So here is the tutorial on how to make royal icing.

This is what I use:
2 eggwhites
2 lb icing sugar sifted (Not all may be used)
1 tsp lemon juice
Large bowl
Handheld mixer with hooks or kitchen mixer with paddle attachment
Cling film

Step 1:

Combine eggwhites and lemon juice in a large bowl. Add some of the sifted icing sugar to the mixture and start the mixer.

How to make Royal icing

Step 2:
Keep adding icing sugar a little at a time. When the mixture looks like thick whipped cream and makes soft peaks when you push down the hooks/paddle in it, you can use it for piping.

Step 3:
When you have the soft peak icing, you start to only add 2 tbsp of icing sugar at a time because from now on the icing will get more and more stiff. When you can pull out small stif peaks the icing is ready. Cover the icing with cling film and a lid or wet cloth and store it in the fridge.

Runny icing:
If you want to make runny icing for flooding cookies or making run-outs then take some royal icing (stiff made) into a bowl and start mixing it with water, a few drops at the time. Continue this until the icing it thin and liquid. It should be smoothing out when you lift the spoon. The mixing with the water will most likely cause many air bubbles in the icing, so it is always good to cover up the icing and let it “rest” for 30 min. Then give it a slow stir and you have reduced the amount of air bubbles in your icing.

As mentioned before royal icing is great for flooding cookies. See my how to flood cookies with royal icing tutorial to learn this decorating technique.

You can also visit my tutorial section if you want to learn how to make other icings and frostings.

I hope you can use this 🙂

Happy Caking!



  1. sibylle says

    Please what can be used to preserve cake for a longer time as ingredient.i heard of whisky but tried and it did’nt go

  2. Donna says

    Hello, I remember years ago buying chocolate cakes that had real hard chocolate icing on it and underneath was a creamy light chocolate. I also had a cake once like this and it was a hard rum icing with the creamy icing under it. Can you please let me know how to make this and what is the name of this hard icing with the soft cream under it called? Haven’t seen it in bakeries anymore. Thank you so much, Donna

  3. sham says

    HI is the lemon juice for royal icing the normal lemon juice we drink? Or from the fruit, lemon? Or where can I get the lemon juice? Thank you!

    • Mary says

      I would suggest using gel food coloring, as opposed to liquid, to prevent changing the consistency of the icing.

  4. Trish says

    Is it 2 pounds sugar or should it be one pound for 2 egg whites? I was mixing and at a
    Pound it became quite firm… I proceeded to outline the cookies and that went well….I am now going to thin it for flooding….I still have about 3/4 pound sifted sugar to yet add

  5. Pavithri says

    I added 1tsp of eggwhite powder, 3tsp of water and icing sugar to make royal icing. But it is always try to melt and hard to make roses. Could u please help me? Thanks

  6. shella says

    Hi i make royal icing candy in advance and put them on top of my frosted cup cakes no matter what kind of icing i use it always melt i even tried to put it on top of a cupcake with the wax paper stil under it and still it melts i do hard work in designing them and its frustrating to see it melt away,what do i have to do for it not to melt?

  7. Rozalia says

    I used your recipe for royal icing, and left the covered cookies for overnight, but the icing didn’t get hard. It is still soft and sticky?
    Where did I go wrong?

    • Carie says

      The royal icing didn’t dry because the cookies were covered. Royal icing only dries when exposed to air so that is what went wrong.

  8. Cynthia says


    Do you store your royal icing if you have left overs or in order to make it in advance? What is the best way to store (refrigerator vs. freezer) and for how long does it keep well? Thank you!! 🙂

  9. says

    You wouldn’t cover a cake in royal icing unless you want crunchy. I second that the corn syrup helps thin the royal icing and adds shine to the finish. You could also use glycerin .

  10. Šämäthä Buck says

    How much do u need for a 3 tiered cake? My three tiered cake is gonna be 3″, 6″, 9″ circle!

    • says

      I have very little experience in covering cakes with royal icing. So I think you will have to search for a good answer elsewhere. Maybe CakeCentral?

  11. says

    I need to make a topper…that is simply an 8 and a 0 for an 80th birthday. She wants it brown…so I thought I’d make royal icing, tint it brown and make 8s and 0s on wax paper with a “peg” to stick in the cake. Have you done this before?

    • says

      I think it would be much more sturdy if you did it in gum paste. If you want to do it in RI you need to make double of both the 8 and the 0 and glue those together with a flat “peg” in between. Round pegs are not good and I think that it will break.

  12. Tona Aspsusa says

    Mange tak for the comprehensive tutorial – your pictures are really good, illustrates the different consistencies well (makes me remember what my grandmother taught me when she had me mixing – by hand and ‘feel’ – the icing for the gingerbread house when I was a small child :-)).

    A few remarks, questions: what exactly is the function of the lemon juice (or cream of tartar, or spirit vinegar)? The acid component probably has a function, as it is also often present in recipes for meringue and poached eggs; must be something to do with modifying how eggwhites behave, right? My *guess* would be something to do with moisture/drying – maybe make the finished product more impervious to humidity? Maybe make it dry faster?

    I am not a cake decorator, but landed here because I needed to find a way to make glucose ‘sweets’, and seeing the consistency of the glucose being close to ‘flormelis’, thought of the RI of my childhood. But not having the patience – nor the muscular stamina! – of a child anymore, I need to find the right way of using electric tools to help me… so far the results have been atrocious from an esthetic POV: lumpy, runny, far too stiff, drying so hard you get a ceramic sound banging two pieces together… lol, luckily I’m mostly looking for a way to make glucose tablets for medicinal purposes. But I’ll probably be the queen of RI for gingerbreads come next christmas 😉

    Just as a comment it is sad to read that you can’t trust unpasteurized eggs in Denmark. Luckily here in Finland there’s still no salmonella in our eggs.
    BTW, what is RI called in Danish? (In Swedish it is ‘kristyr’)

    And lastly, a small wish/suggestion: as your blog is so popular, and you get so many comments (250+ here, and I read them all!), maybe you could tweak it to show more than 10 comments/page? Maybe 50? Or even 25?

    Thank you so much for this fabulous resource; fantastic pics, clear instructions and such a very nice (&useful) comment section!

    • says

      Adding lemon juice, cream of tartar, vinegar stabilize the icing. I have though made RI without using lemon juice and it still works fine. Now I just use a meringue powder mix as it is much more faster.

      Yes, it is very very sad that we cant use fresh eggs here. RI is called glasur in Danish:-)

      Showing more comments is slowing the loading time 🙁

  13. Lobna says

    Hi dear…
    Thank you heaps for these wonderful recipes & for sharing your expertise…
    I made this the other day, the pipping was ok but when dried was easily “crushable”… & flooding was also ok at the time, but it never got to dry properly… just stayed loose & sticky & it even made my crunchy cookies a bit soggy…!
    any advise please….

  14. Ritu says

    Hi, can you tell me how long the whole process took? I am also using a hand held Philips mixer and i can never get to the stiff stage…maybe because i am not beating enough and continue to add more sugar and it all lumps up. Once i get to the soft peak stage how many more mins should i beat it for?


  15. Kiley says

    Wanting to know how to make a santa hat that is edible because i would like to use it a cupcake topper ….i was going to make it using ganache but wondering if royal icing is the go pls help any advice would be greatful 🙂

  16. Jeanette says

    Help….I usually cheat and buy ready to roll icing to cover my christmas cake. However this year we are in Panama so I have to make my own. Would this be okay to cover my christmas cake without sliding down the sides?

  17. Maria says

    You are so nice sharing all that! What do you mean when you say “with eggwhites (pasturized)”. We don’t have meringue powder here as well so I will have to use eggwhites like you. So, is there a procedure to pasturise them? Thank you so very very much!!!

  18. Harriet says

    i used this recipe about a week ago and it worked perfectly
    i am going to use this recipe until the day i die=)

  19. Theresa says

    will this icing melt? cos i used the same thing a few months ago and it was like sticky and look like ice cream. i wan it to be stiff after i put it on the cake. is it possible?

  20. MG says

    Louise, Hi! Is Royal Icing can hold its shaped even it is not in the refrigerator? I mean it will not be runny, when outside the fridge?

  21. Clair says

    wooohooo! success! i made this trying to “flood” a cake… and it worked, and was able to add tiger stripes effectively too…. thrilled! Thankyou so much, was so easy too! now to taste it once it sets. 😀

  22. KATHY says

    I cannot thank you enough for all of the wonderful tutorials…this will help me so much getting started with all of this…i am so excited to get into all of your information as it is AWESOME AND SO ARE YOU!!!

  23. suzie says

    Thank you SO much for posting this. I love decorating biscuits in a very amateur way and wanted some tips to make them a little more professional, including how to make icing that didn’t get squashed so easily!

  24. kassy says

    am just setting up a small business i make cakes and i wanna learn as many recipes as possible thanx for this one i love it

  25. says

    Awesome! But can you use any juice? xx =] – Gloria. Nice and simple too because as I’m 12 don’t want something complicated! =]

  26. says

    thanx for help, my icing was always too runny using the merriwhite powder this is much better ….thanx zzzzzz

  27. meisie says

    I think you the best girl!! Self taught I’m starting today.I need traIning but its too expensive for me. Whwao!
    Lesed food services.

  28. Patricia says

    Hi I made shortbread cookies and outlined them and flooded them..they dried fine and the icing looked very smooth and a few hours later, some of the cookies look discolored and blotchy.. what could have happened? please help i have to make thirty five cookies for party favors and i want them to look nice.. like less than half of my cookies now. Thank you

    • Louise says

      Did you make sure that the colors were well blended/mixed into the royal icing before you started flooding? Also what colors did you use?

  29. Morgan says

    Thank You so much i have improved on my icing skills now and i have made alot more cakes since i saw this website i enjoy mixing the colours into it the most and i find it so easy to cook thanks so so much!!!

  30. Cheryl says

    I am going to try to make royal icing for the first time. This site was awsome, showing me step by step thanks. Will be back for more info.

  31. says

    hey thanks im love ur site it has helped me with icing i have made alot of cakes and planning to make more so yeah thank you so much.

  32. Denice says

    OMG, you are my SAVIOUR!! It is so easy to follow, I’m so happy to have found you. I keep trying to learn how to make these nice “eatable” cookies and to decorate them but I keep failing 🙁 I feel so frustrated. I am going to follow your steps one by one, I think you are the one! LOL Thank you so much!!

  33. Petal says

    Hello, Im just browsing the web and I came across your website. I do have a question for you. I recently purchased powdered sugar and it says on the package that it already has egg whites added. What do i do from there? Do i just add the lemon juice and a few drops of water?

    Thanks in advance!

    • Louise says

      Ok, I have heard of meringue powder (dried egg whites) but never heard about powdered sugar with egg whites in already? Does it says anything on the package? Try and add the lemon juice and a little water and see how it turn out.

  34. Sweetpeas says

    Hi Louise,

    Do you know why is the icing on my cookie flaky after it is dried?  I do not have any problems with other lighter colors, only this as i was trying to achieve a navy blue color using Royal Blue and Black from Wilton.

    I hope you can help.

    Thanks very much.

  35. Rosie says

    Hi Louise, I’d like to try the royal icing recipe but was wondering what the measurements are if I use dry eggwhite powder???

    • Anonymous says

      I do not know, I have never worked with dried egg white powder. Are there no directions on the packet?
      NOTE: This comment is waiting for your approval. It is not yet published on your site. ======

  36. aidensmom says

    Hi louise, is icing sugar the same as confectioner sugar, cause i used confectioner and the flavors came out weird, like it had an after taste… and also i whipped it by hand. Pls tell me what im doing wrong. Thanks!!

  37. Viri_bean84 says

    Hi Louise!

    Im a newbie and was just wondering if you could explain to me the differences and purposes if these: royal icing, fondant, frosting.
    Can you use frosting to make roses or is that just with fondant? Can frosting be used for cookies? I’ve read about all these but I don’t know what to use for what. Please help!

    – Viri –

  38. says

    Hi Louise
    Thanks for the tips. I wanted to ask you about making the royal icing chocolate brown. I don’t like how much coloring I need to use to get it a nice dark chocolate brown, so I started to add a little cocoa to the icing sugar. It gets to a beautiful rich chocolate brown and adds the chocolate lavour. The problem I sometimes have is when the icing dries it sometimes fades and looks cloudy. Is there any way to fix this?
    Thanks for any help!

    • Anonymous says

      I have tried the tip with the cocoa powder too and I have not had any real problems with it. Do you add the cocoa powder after or when you make the RI? Like sifting the cocoa and powdered sugar together? If you want dark colors it is always good to let the color mature over night before use. You color it the first day, without using too much color. Let it rest well covered and the next day you can add more color (if it needs more)

  39. Mônica Gemin says

    Hi! First of all, thank you for the tutorial, it’s very helpful. And I have a question, that might sound very silly, but that it has been on my mind for a while: shouldn’t eggwhites always be very well cooked before eating? As far as I know there is the risk of catching a disease by eating them raw… Could you please explain that to me, please? 🙂

      • Mônica Gemin says

        Thank you so much for answering that fast! I will remember that and I will definitely be stopping by soon. Best regards.

  40. Smicky_bicky says

    Hey Louise. I’ve tried a few different recipes and methods for royal icing and I find that each time after a day or so the colours fade and the sugar crystallises. Do you know what I might be doing wrong?

  41. says

    I made henna decorated cookies using your sugar cookie and royal icing recipes.  They came out lovely (at least for my first time).

    And the photos were a lifesaver.

  42. Anonymous says

    Will you be making it as a runout/colorflow? And will it be placed on a fondant covered cake? I think that I would make (cut out) the mask out of a very strong gum paste (extra gum added) Let that dry and then decorate with royal icing. If possible place the mask on the cake just before serving. If it is placed on cake and goes into the refrigerator it will not get soft after short time. But it will soften slightly.

  43. Anonymous says

    Will you be making it as a runout/colorflow? And will it be placed on a fondant covered cake? I think that I would make (cut out) the mask out of a very strong gum paste (extra gum added) Let that dry and then decorate with royal icing. If possible place the mask on the cake just before serving. If it is placed on cake and goes into the refrigerator it will not get soft after short time. But it will soften slightly.

  44. Maninder Sembhy says

    Thank you so much for putting this up for all to see. I wanted to know how to make icing for piping and here it is! Simple instructions with pictures helped a great deal. Again thank you for helping us! 🙂

  45. Elena says

    Thank you for this very helpful tutorial. I have a question, though…for piping the outline, do you set aside some of the “soft peak stage” icing before you proceed to make it stiffer, or do you go ahead, make it stiff, then thin back to soft peak (which seems more complicated than thinning to flooding consistency)?

    • Anonymous says

      Most of the time I make stiff peak and then go back to soft and thin stage. But you can also just make soft peak there are not the big difference. It depends on what other things I am making with the RI.

  46. Brendatrowbridge says

    Hello Louise , I live in the uk and for the past few years have bought the Royal Icing Powder in a packet that you just add cold water too. I thought it a lot safer than using raw eggs as my daughter were pregnant. I was wondering if you could give me some help with a three tier wedding cake I am making.Fruit cakes. The wedding is on the 11th June and I would really like the cakes to be finisihed by the wednesday before. How soon can I start the first coat of icing. and then the second coat on them all.? Then I will put the final coat on and decorate it. I would really like to make a start next weekend, 15th but keep thinking it will be too soon. Can you advise me please.? Many thanks

  47. Brendatrowbridge says

    I would like some help please regarding my daughters wedding cakes. The wedding is on 11th June and it is a three tier cake. Fruit. I have made the cakes and was wondering when could I start to marzipan and royal ice them.? I would like to do them as soon as I can as this is my first wedding cake. many thanks

    • Anonymous says

      Hi Brenda: I have never tried to make fruit cake with marzipan and royal icing. So I cannot help you on what to do. Maybe some of the UK readers can help us out?

  48. Joana Carvalho says

    Finally someone from Europe 🙂 I have lots of difficulties finding some products also. So it’s nice to know that I’m not the only one 🙂 BTW your cookies are amazing!!

  49. anna says

    Hi. First of all, I absolutely love your blog. Thank you for all the tutorials, they’ve been really helpful. I have one simple question that might have been already answered here but I just can’t find it. How long can you store this kind of icing? I’m assuming that at least two days, as you said that you can keep it to mature the color. And maybe one more question- what am I doing wrong that makes my flooding icing sort of sink in after it’s dried. This makes the layer much thinner than the outline and does not look that pretty even though I try to put as much runny icing in the borderline.

    • Anonymous says

      Well I keep it for 1 week. Though fresh RI is best on the day it’s made. If you need dark colors the maturing time is needed if you don’t want to use too much color in your RI. It is important to use stiff RI when you thin it for flooding. Try not to stir all the volume out of it and add too much water as this can cause your RI to sink after you have flooded your cookies. The RI should be thick but runny rather than thin and runny. Also remember to let it rest to eliminate air bubbles.

  50. daphne says

    hi!… your site is soooo helpful!… just a quick question though, is there any alternative for icing sugar???… can i use powdered sugar instead???… hoping fir your response,,,, thanks and more power!… <3 <3 <3

  51. Florence D'AScoli says

    thanks so much to bring us a very clear and clean explanation about every thing. This is a very beautifull and well done page. It gave me and example of excellence. Grettings from Venezuela.

  52. Penny says

    Hello Louise,
    I just came across your site today and it looks great. One question regarding your egg whites for the royal icing. I wanted to know how you calculate the amount of your pasteurised 2 egg whites. Do you use weight or volume measurements?
    Much appreciated and am looking forward to making the icing. All the best.

  53. says

    KT: I store it in the refrigerator well covered in plastic wrap.

    GUL: This RI is very stable. Depending on any piped details on top of the cookies it wont crack. Just make sure that the RI is completely dry before packing.

  54. Gul says

    I love your blog. Your work is wonderful and your blog is so educational. I was just wondering how stable these cookies are with RI. Can I ship them long distance – well packed? Would the RI decorations be ruined?
    Thank you

  55. KT says

    Hey Louise
    Excellent website. I just had one query. How do you store RI? i plan to make in advance but have no idea how to store it.

  56. says

    Michelle: You can make a royal icing to pour over the cake this dry very quick.

    Emma: Im happy that it was helpful to you 🙂

  57. Emma says

    Thank you, this was very helpful. I have tried many American recipes but always get a lot of air bubbles. Paddle attachments are not common on Australian mixers, so I was glad to read that you use the hooks. It worked much better. Similarly meringue powder is hard to find so I needed an egg white recipe. A friend in the chicken industry informed me that Australia does not have the dangerous strain of salmonella that scares so many American cooks.

  58. michelle says

    hi louise this is michelle i wanted to know if you know how to make a type of iceing that can dry really fast because i’m making a cake for my best cousin and her birthday is gonna happen soon!!!! so can you email it to me THANK -YOU SO MUCH hope to hear from you soon

  59. says

    Karrie McCrea: Let me know how it went.

    Cynthia: You should use 1 part of cream to 2 parts of chocolate. Chop the chocolate and place it in a heatproff bowl. Bring cream to the boil and pour it over the choc. Let it sit for a few mins then slowly stir until cream and choc is combined and smooth.

    franky: No, you can only use icing sugar when making royal icing.

  60. Cynthia says

    Thanks so much louise.. it works great! Now if you dont mind, i just have one more question!!
    I want to decorate a cake with white chocolate ganache… but I want the ganache to kinda set and not drip or run at all. So that it forms an even surface almost as if you put fondant on. How do i achieve ganache thats nice and stiff? Do i add more chocolate and less cream?
    Its going to sit on a table for a while before it gets eaten so it needs to last quite a while!
    Thank you!!

  61. Karrie McCrea says

    Thank you Louise!!! I will do a test batch this weekend. 🙂 I might just have to take a couple days off before the wedding but hate to use my vacation for that. It will be fun… but no vacation! LOL

  62. says

    Karrie: I guess that you are thinking on freezing the decorated cookies? I have seen it done, but I would make a test, just to be sure on how the cookie react while it thaw. Make sure that you take notes on how the RI is on the cookie but also how does the RI looks after 1 hour-3 hours. Esp. if you are plannin on wrapping them for favors. If I all goes well then when you are going to freeze the decorated cookies then place them on a tray first in one layer, let them semi freeze and then pack them in containers in layers with parchment paper i between. When you need to thaw the cookies take them out and place them on cooling racks in one layer.

  63. Karrie says

    I love your site!!! You are an AMAZING decorator. I’m making 200 cookies for my niece’s wedding and have a question. As I am a beginner… I’m concerned with being able to get them done in time. If I make them the weekend before would it be ok to freeze them once they are completely dried?

  64. Cynthia says

    Hi there Louise!! I have a quick question, do u perhaps have a recipe for me on how to make a very soft almost marshmallowy cupcake frosting? A meringue frosting that wont drip off the cupcake but wont become as hard as meringue either!

    Would really appreciate any help I can get!!
    Love your website – VERY resourceful.

  65. says

    organicsweettooth: I would use royal icing on the fondant.

    Malak: You should take a look over at the Sweetopia site where you also can find loads of sweet tips on cookie decorating. It is the RI recipe you should look at because it is made with meringue powder:

    I would say that it could be the amount of water you use to thin it down with. It should be runny but still thick in texture.

  66. Leigh says

    I tried your royal icing recipe a few days ago, and I just wanted to write to say a huge “thank you”! It turned out great, and I received many lovely comments about it! Thanks once again for an amazing website, I really enjoy it.

  67. Malak says

    Louise, I can’t thank you enough.You are a truly helpful person. people tend to with hold all the information they have and wouldn’t share it with, thank you again.
    I have been working with RI for a while now and let me tell you, we are not friends:( this thing hates me..:)
    no, the thing is when i pipe my outline it dries but then the crust crumbles to the touch:( (what am i doing wrong here?)
    Ah, i forgot to mention that i do work with the powder stuff as i cant get my hands on pasteurized egg whites.And because of that, i also sometimes end up with ewwwwwwww, raw egg smell that sends all my cookies to the bin( i mean to the dogs but what a waste:( )so, i put a drop of coffee or lemon extract to take away the smell.Any idea what can i do?(sorry, i know you have mentioned that you don’t do meringue powder,but i’m desperate)
    One last thing, when i thin my icing…it looks beautiful on the cookie( only for a couple of hours,then the cookie tends to absorb the icing and leaves me with a funny looking icing that looks nothing like the pics i c around)
    Again, thank you soooo much for doing this.

  68. organicsweettooth says

    Great tips! Thank you for this. If I am decorating my cookies with fondant, what would be this best piping recipe to use for outlining the cookies and decorating them? Should I use the Royal Icing piping or a buttercream recipe? I tried one buttercream recipe but it was kind of wet, and my writing looked messy. I prefer buttercream for the taste and wondered if you had a great recipe for piping.

  69. sumaya says

    thank u so much for this helpful tutorial 🙂
    im from the middle east and so glad to find ur blog.
    keep the good work :))

  70. says

    jun: I would not trust that egg whites can be pasturized at home.

    Marie: Cool 🙂

    Joni: Yes you can pipe buttercream on a fondant cake.

  71. Joni says

    Can you pipe Buttercream (Italian Meringue or regular American Buttercream) decorations on a fondant cake or can you only use Royal Icing?

  72. says

    Shake: I would not use milk. About the white icing, do you mean as a decoration on your cupcakes like a frosting? If its very hot then you should use a vegetable shortning for your frosting. Though I have used RI on top on my cupcakes last summer and it was very hot here. It did not sagg.

  73. Shake says

    Hi guys! we have a tropical weather here in the philippines and i loved to use white icing in my cupcakes. i did royal icing and it sagged for a few minutes. how can i make my icing fresh despite of a hot temperature?

  74. says

    Wendy: It can be a bit confusing. I always go by this, if im using fresh cream in a cake like a mousse filling I always keep it in the refrigerator. If its only with BC or chocolate ganache (boiled cream) I would store it “outside”. I have never had anyproblems with royal icing going in the refrigerator and thats with fresh piped RI or dry RI decorations.

    Irini: I have had the same problem once. Not sure why it happens?

  75. Irini says

    Very nice tutorial!!!!!!

    I have a problem with some tips like the one I use to make grass (233) No matter the consistency of the icing, I start to pipe and in a short while the icing stacks in the tip and nothing comes out!!!!. I have to clean with water the tip again and again to pipe. I am certain that I am doing something wrong.

    Please advice.


  76. Wendy says

    I am confused about what can and can’t be refrigerated. I want to cover a cake in fondant and I have a decoraton made with RI to put on it. However, the cake will be filled with mousse and will need to be refrigerated. Some websites say I can refrigerate and some say no. What’s the deal?

  77. SourCream says

    Oh Thanks! I’d like to try out this recipe!!I’ve Tried alot but it Failed because of too Sweet and Does Smooth… Anyways Thanks!

  78. carolina says

    I tried this and may I say “WOW”. I love how smooth and easy it is to use. But there was a weird taste to it, most likely the cornstarch in the sugar. but enough lemon juice and I was happy =0)

  79. Cheryl says

    I was just reading the questions on here and I know what Cathy did wrong. I too have a Kitchen Aide Mixer and she used the wrong attachment. She needed to use the attachment that resembles a wire whisk. Also, she didn’t beat the egg whites long enough.

  80. Chrissie Harrold says

    So glad for your advice on Hard Royal Icing. I failed miserably again this year with my Christmas cake icing, so I am going to practice with your instructions. Thank you

  81. Cathy says

    Louise please help!!! I am just now trying to make your royal icing per your recipe above. I put two egg whites in my Kitchen Aid mixer (with Paddle Attachment) and decided to go with 1 tsp of almond extract (in place of the lemon juice). I used large eggs. Let that slowly mix just for a few seconds then started slowly adding in my sifted powdered sugar. Before I ever got to using 1 lb (and your recipe calls for 2 lbs) the icing was like a bread dough stuck to my paddle. What did I do wrong? thank you. I am so excited to try your recipe because your pictures look exactly the way I want my cookies to look.

  82. Sanumom says

    Hello Louise,

    Thank you for the reply. I have been searching the net for good eggless/vegan cake recipes. My problem is that my cakes become too dense – not as soft as we find in bakeries. Hopefully one day I will be able to bake light fluffier cakes.
    Till then I am working on learning how to ice the cakes so that I can create a cake for my dd’s birthday. Thank you for creating such a great website.

  83. says

    Emma: I think that I would still use the same amount of icing sugar and then add some cocoa + brown food color to get “chocolate” color. But you can pipe on fondant with melted chocolate.

  84. says

    Greetings from Vermont! I had a question – I would love to try this recipe for RI as I have over 200 cookies to decorate by next week. My question is it possible to reduce the amount of sugar and add cocoa to this recipe? My client would like their logo to be done in chocolate and I’m unsure if melted chocolate on fondant is going to work at all. Thank you!

  85. says

    Cupcakebaby: No the RI will not melt. I only keep it refrigerated when not using it. If you want to cover the whole cupcake with RI then you should thin it down to soft consistency, but not runny. If it is for piping soft is the best.

  86. Cupcakebaby says

    Hi Louise. May i know if the RI will melt if not refrigerated? And should i use the runny one or the hard one if i want to use it for decorating cupcakes?

  87. says

    bana: The best is to make stiff icing, then you thin the stiff icing with a little water at a time. Until you get that flooding consistency. I dont have any videos, but im sure that you find some on you tube if you search for Royal icing.

  88. bana says

    pls i want to do color flow icing but i made it and it’s too hard is it right and what they mean by full strengh !! do u have it in video so i can see how it must be like ??? help

  89. says

    Sanumom: Welcome to CJ. For the eggless royal icing I dont know of any. I know that you can make a subsitute to egg whites using flax seeds but I dont know if that will be good to use for RI. You can find both eggless/vegan recipes on the net and for cake decoration please visit my tutorial site:

  90. Sanumom says

    Hi Louise!

    This is the my first visit of your blog and loved your tutorials. I was reading through the questions and came across Tripti’s question. I too have been looking for an eggless recipe for Royal Icing since a long time. I wanted to know that is it possible to make royal icing without egg….
    I would be very grateful if you can please forward me some Eggless cakes and cake decoration recipes….

    Thank you!

  91. TabNdiva says

    Hi Louise,
    You have a nice site. Thank you for a great recipe. I am an aspiring Pastry Chef. Keep up your excellent work.

  92. Jade says

    i love the iceing all my friends loved how i did the special iceiing everyone said what a great job but i coulden’t done it with out you!! thanks~

  93. Heidi says

    This worked very well for a gingerbread Christmas tree, then I softened it up and used it to ice the leftover tree parts. I used 1 egg white and waaaaaaay less than 1 lb sugar, and was able to ice 4 trees plus about a dozen small cookies. That’s like…6 dozen cookies. Anyways, thanks! Simple and easy 🙂

  94. Jaz says

    Hey louise thanks so muck i am in grade six and i was looking for a really good iceing recipe for my ginger bread house (not atucly made of gingerbread but a house)
    for a project at school and i found this one
    thanks again and wish me good luck (plz)

  95. says

    Katherine: No you dont need the lemon juice. It works very well without.

    Jeanie: I have had many request on how to prevent cookies from getting soft after decorated with royal icing. I myself have never had any problems at all. It is of course important that the cookies is fully baked and not raw in the middle. When I have decorated my cookies with RI I let them dry on trays on my dining table over night or wherever I can place them. I dont find mine to soggy, but they are not as crisp as a freshly baked cookie but crisp enough for me. How thin do you rool out your cookies? maybe thats the problem? I roll mine into a 5 mm thickness.

    Sophia: Well you have asked me and as long as you are writing credit and a link back to the original post its ok by me 🙂

  96. Sweet Little things says

    Dear Louis,
    Thanx for the amazing tutorial, i tried it at home but i always end up with a runny icing does it mean that i have to add more sugar?? because it will be so melted that i cant even cover my cupcakes with it, i really would like to learn how to make it because its amazing for cupcakes decorating 🙁

  97. Sophia Rose says

    Hi Louise,
    you have an amazingly inspirational website. Your recipes are perfect and the photos are a helpful resource. Thank you very much for your time and expertise. Is it possible to use your icing recipes for my website. If so, let me know how I can represent you on my website, links etc. In Creative Pursuit! ~Sophia

  98. Katherine says

    Hey, i was just wondering do you have to put the lemon juice in? Also could i put blue food coloring in with the mix?

  99. Jeanie says

    Hi Louise

    Your cookies are fabulous – you are very talented! I hope you can help with my problem. When I ice my gingerbread cookies the cookie goes soft before the icing hardens. They are very crispy to start with but just seem to absorb all the moisture. I have tried putting it on more thinly but they still go soggy. Do you just dry them on the bench or is there some special trick?

  100. losana says

    Thax very much for the recipe ,i really love it……
    i find it hard to make icing but now i’m happy that i know how to make RI …
    god bless you and BUSSINESS……….

  101. Louise says

    Serene Lui: I think that I was reffering to cocoa royal icing. I must say though that if it for glazing cupcakes I just mix powdered sugar and cocoa powder. but you can mix in small amounts of cocoa powder to the royal icing along with brown food coloring. It can change the texture of the royal icing a bit so I use this mostly for piping fur on teddy cakes ect.

    Sheena: For the cupcake cookies I used only food colors. Start adding color the first day (before you make it runny) next day or the day after the color have matured a bit and I then add the “rest” until im happy with the color. This way you dont always have to use so much food coloring. I do the same with blacks and reds, only here I use and extra strenght food coloring otherwise it wont go black or red.

  102. Sheena says

    A question for the runny icing. Would you use cocoa powder to make it chocolate? Would it be a good brown color like the ones you used in your cupcake cookies?

  103. says

    Hi Louise! I read on another on of your posts that you made chocolate royal icing? Could i ask how to do that? I love chocolate but never knew how i could make a chocolate royal icing and would definitely want to know how to make that! 🙂

  104. Julie says

    Hi Louise, I am going to be making my daughter’s 1st birthday cake tomorrow. Does the royal icing mixture dry clear? the recipe uses this to stick on the lolly decorations? Thanks


    me encanta tu paginas y tu recetas que dan mucha ayuda a nosotro que estamos empezado pero me gustarian si pudiera ser en español.gracias

  106. Louise says

    Laila: Yes just a food coloring. If you want to obtain soft pastel colors only add tiny amounts of FC as it can quickly get too dark.

  107. Laila says

    thanks alot this really helped
    and if you want it another colour do you have to add food colouring?
    reply back
    thanks a lot

  108. Poppy says

    Hi Louise!
    ireally love your site it’s really great and helpful, but the only thing i wish for is to make fabulous cookies like yours. Everytime i try i fail. c ya 😉

  109. Louise says

    JGS: mmmm not sure what could cause the problem? I have not with RI that contain meringue powder but how much water did you ad to make it runny?

    Candy: Yes RI is great on cupcakes. You then need a spreading consistency.

  110. JGS says

    I need help! I’ve been using a royal icing recipe to decorate sugar cookies. I have a consistency that I like, and the cookies look beautiful when iced. BUT, I have 2 problems. First, I have very small air bubbles. I saw your tutorial, and think that I will try letting frosting rest for a bit before starting. Second, the day after my cookies have been frosted, the icing is nice and hard – but it becomes flaky, dry, and will “pop off” in whole pieces. They still look great, but the flaking off is unappealing. Any ideas?

    PS. I’m using powdered sugar, water, meringue powder, and vanilla extract in RI recipe.

    Thanks! Your site is great.

  111. Bea says

    I found your site by accident. From the moment I found it I totally fell in love with it. Your tutorials are great and inspiring. Thank you for taking the trouble of sharing your ideas with us. Greetings from Germany.

  112. Louise says

    Miss Muffin: Well then you can make it with only water but you have to add the water a little bit by bit or it will be too runny. You will not get the same workability like real RI but it could do. Or just use fondant on the cookies?

  113. says

    Thanks so much for the answer! I guess I could get the powder also in special bake shops – it’s just alot effort to do it in order to make some cookies. (I don’t have anything special in mind – no special occasion or anything.) Therefore I was just wondering whether there is an alternativ to royal icing that could be used. I already had the idea to use fondant instead – I might give that a try. I’m just curious whether there is another frosting or icing recipe that could be used for cookies but does not contain eggs …

  114. says


    I was wondering …
    I don’t get pasturized eggs overhere in Germany – at least I don’t know where I would get them – but also don’t get meringue powder easily. Is there any other way I can still safely make this recipe? Or is there another icing recipe which I could use (and which I can similarly use to decorate) that does not call for raw eggs?
    Would be very thanksful for any suggestions or tipps!
    Miss Muffin

  115. says

    Thanks for the Tutorial. It’s always nice when there are pictures. 😀 I have to make cookies for my nieces graduation and wanted to flood them!

  116. buthiebunny says

    hi Louise..
    i found your lovely website accidentally when Googling 4 something else. And i love it..!! Although i’m not a baker and never spent my time make some cake – I’m a dentist actually 🙂 – but your site was so interesting to visit again and again..there’re so much beautiful pics of cakes…and i can’t help to not put my comment here for your great job..
    i appreciated your kindness to share your knowlegde to others..And i wish i can make such a beautiful cake like you did someday 😉

    nice to be here..

    buthie bunny

  117. Louise says

    Snickle: I am assuming that you referer to royal icing right or do you mean buttercream? Anyway with RI always start out with stiff/firm icing and then make it more loose/runny by adding drops of water a little at a time. For piping you would go for a soft consistency, soft but not too soft either. I should hold it shape afterwards. The soft icing will be slightly sticky but nothing more than it will stick to the cake but not run.

    Its soft when it have peaks that fall over.
    I hope it works for you, dont give up, practice is the best way of learning 🙂

    angie: Well you can of course use ready made shortbread only go for those that are not crumbly in the surface. Its not nice getting crumbs in your icing.

  118. says

    Hi my name is angie i love your site i never make any icing or shortbread cookies bebore but am going to try to make question can i but the shortbread cookies at the store or any store that sale

  119. Snickle says

    I just wanted to say I think it is brilliant how you are able to describe your cake-craft abilities in a friendly manner!
    All the cake people I have ever met have all been bitter snide people who look down at beginners.
    It has put me off ever taking classes entirely, so I rely on reading posts like these online.

    Piping is my prime issue, as I haven’t found an icing that I am good at working with yet.
    So I primarily stick to molding fondant for my cakes and such.
    Next time I make a cake (coming into my mini cake season – all the nieces and nephews birthdays!) I’ll try this recipe and see how to goes.
    I prefer the taste of butter cream frosting but the buttery colour is kind of annoying when you’re looking for a pure white icing.
    I know there are whiteners and such, but I have yet to buy some. 🙂

    One problem I have (and it’ll probably sound silly to those who are used to making icing) is that when I make icing, it is usually too runny.
    But when I try to make it firmer, so it doesn’t lose its shape, it then loses it’s sticky-ness and when im piping it onto the cake, it doesn’t stick to the rolling fondant.
    It’s very frustrating to work with and I always make a mess of it.
    Do you have any tips?

    Anyway, so thank you for your posts!
    These are all so brilliant to read and they remind me of why I love making cakes!

  120. Louise says

    aundreah: I decorate my cookies with either rolled fondant icing (sugar icing) or royal icing (RI) I dont have a recipe for the rolled fondant icing but if you search on Google you will quick find one.

    Olga: I use pasturized eggwhites and when I make royal icing I store it will covered in the refrigerator. I use it within the expiration date of the whites.

  121. Olga says

    Hi Louise,

    I love your site, I came across it by accident. I like to make some cookies for my niece’s bridal shower but I like to know what is the life of royal icing once it hardens? I greately appreciate you reply.

    Thank you,


  122. MaryHeart says

    Hello Louise,

    Thank you for your reply… I’m trying the run outs today… Hope everything goes well… i’ll post the pictures on my flickr soon… 🙂

  123. aundreah says

    On some of your cookies in the gallery pics, you have listed that they are decorated with sugar icing. What is this, is it like RI? Would you mind sharing your recipe for sugar icing. Thanks

  124. Louise says

    Gloria: I go by the expiration date on my egg whites. There are no problems keeping the RI in the fridge. Just cover it well with plastic wrap so it wont dry out.

    I have not tried that problem with my cookies was it flooded cookies? could you have used too much water to thin it down with? what brand of colors do you use?

    MaryHeart: I am not used to cream of tartar powder but try out with 1 tsp at a start.

  125. Gloria says

    Hi Louise,

    Is gloria again. I have used the above recepie for decorating my cookie. It was so amazing. Thanks for your sharing.

    The colour faded in my cookie day after tomorrow. How is the correct procedure?

    Pls reply. Thanks

  126. MaryHeart says

    Hello Louise,

    I would like to ask if i could substitute cream of tartar(powder) to 1 tsp of lemon juice?

    How much Cream of tartar would i add to the mixture?

    Hoping for your reply… thank you so much! 🙂

  127. Gloria says

    Hi Louise,

    Do you know the shelf life of the above royal icing receipe?
    Can I refrigerate it when I was not piping all??


  128. lærke says

    lige for at være ekstra besværlig hvor køber du dine farver og de der pinde til at lave de der kage ‘slikkepinde’ ? sys nemlig de ser ultra fine ud men ved ikke lige hvor man kan få det!

  129. Louise says

    Lærke: Ja confectioners sugar er flormelis 🙂 Lige netop de cookies/cupcake er nogen jeg selv har tegnet. Det er ikke så svært at skære ud i hånden når bare man bruger en lille skarp kniv og dejen er godt kold.

    Der er et link til mine cookie skabeloner i bunden af posten “Vanilla sugar cookies” se efter “cookie templates” de er lige til at printe ud.

  130. lærke says

    hey louise so im from denmark to an di was wondering about two things i didn’t know if u could help me, one the confectioners sugar in this recipie is it just ( flormelis?) or what is it and where did u get the cookie cutters u use for the cakes? ( the cupcake shaped one?!

  131. Luv2cake says

    Hi Louise,
    Lovely cookies! I just finished piping and flooding some Valentine’s cookies and found that my runny RI ran over the top of my piping bag while it was sitting in a glass (with the inside edge folded out a bit) – so I’m keen to try the plastic squeeze bottles – do youbguy a special kind of bottle? As I can see you fitted a coupler over the tip. If you know where I can buy some that would be great!!!

  132. says

    Sikke en dejlig side og hvor sjovt at du er fra Danmark.
    Just looking for ideas for Valentine cookies and found your site – great tutorials. Thank you soooo much. Knus og kram

  133. Louise says

    Fanny: If there are high humidity it can take long for the RI to dry. Normally it will only take less than two hours depending on how much you have used of course.

  134. Fanny says

    Hi Louise. How long does it take for RI to completely dry? I frosted my cuppies yesterday afternoon, but it is still soft as of this morning :-((

    So much questions!!! anyway, thank you for your reply. appreciate it a lot!!

  135. Louise says

    Fanny: Hmm i would not use the oven to dry my RI 😉 whenever I make RI deco. I just let them dry on a tray.

    If ants is the problem then keep the RI cuppies in a cardboard box. It is not airthight so the RI can still dry.

    Dont crumb coat with bc first. Just use RI also to apply deco use “wet” RI.

    Dhanya: If they are all dry there should be no problems putting them on the cake that is going in the fridge.

  136. Dhanya says

    Hi Louisa,

    Can i keep the royal icing flowers in the fridge ? I am making a buttercream iced cake with a lot of royalicing flowers.


  137. Fanny says

    Hi Louise,

    Great website u have!! and u are so generous in sharing your knowledge. I just had some disaster with RI today! Wanted to make x’mas tree, by using flower corn and RI. Some one told me it dries faster if I put in the oven at 100dec C for 5 mints, which i did. And what I get was ruined xmas trees!!!
    :-(((((. These were supposed to be my toppers for my xmas cuppies.

    anyway, if I frost my cuppies directly with RI, what is the best way to dry it apart from leaving it at room temp? (worried about ants getting the first bite on my RI+cuppies he he he)

    On the other hand, can i crumb-coat my cuppies with BC before layering the top with RI? or apply deco with RI?

    Tks Louise. Keep up the fantastic work. Hope to be like you someday. Cheers, Fanny

  138. says

    hi Louise…
    love your website !

    & thanks for your tips & tutoriol ..
    we use your royal icing recipe for all -of our Royal-icing project…
    .. the results were fantastic…!

  139. Louise says

    Kayenne: I would not personally trust even if they say 99%. For your question about the heating the whites over a double boiler, im not sure if it would be good if you want to make RI. I know some says it “cooks” the whites when you make a swiss meringue buttercream but I would still not use fresh egg whites. I would go for RI powder.

  140. kayenne says

    Pasteurized eggwhites are not common here, although suppliers guarantee their eggs are 99% salmonella free. In fact, I’ve yet to find a local supplier who has them. Is it possible to start beating the eggwhites and a bit of the sugar over a double boiler to pasteurize them at home? I could buy royal icing powders locally, but I’d like to learn the basics before taking a shortcut in case of “emergencies”.


  141. Louise says

    HK: I am not sure… I have though read on several vegan sites that you can use flax seeds to replace eggs. But how it works with RI I dont know sorry!

    I dont have any eggless recipes. You will have to Google them 😉

  142. Louise says

    Siri: Your idea on making a post on what is most important to have is great and I will look in my tool boxes and collect for a post soon.

    Now I have not really taken any piping classes, I would if I could get Jean Michel to teach me ;o) But I have many times just made a batch of RI and used my kitchen counter and just piped all over the table. Then I scraped it off again with a scraber and started over again.

    Its important that you keep your un used RI under a wet cloth or it will dry out to fast. Ri with small bits of dried icing is not good for piping. You could also use Nutella? or any other chocolated spread as this is always soft. Only remember to use a disposal piping bag because of the fat/grease in the Nutella so it dont ruin your “real” piping bags.

    You can easily make a fondant plaque out of MMF and just thin your RI down with water.

    You are always welcome to send me an email if you have any questions.

  143. HK says


    I love your site… I would like to know if its possible to make royal icing without eggs… Could you please email me some good eggless recipes for cakes and icing and stuff…

    Thanks 🙂

  144. Siri says


    I’m “brand new” at cake decorating, so much that I’ve actually never decorated a cake, only cupcakes. I’ve bought quite a lot of supplies from the US, but I was wondering if you could make a post with “beginner” equipment? Like, what to buy first, things you could’t do without and such. There is so much stuff out there, and I really cant buy everything at once.

    I’ve kind of decided that I should start practicing my piping, using buttercream and RI. How did u practise your decorting? Have you always decorated cakes, or do you practise on the table/a board? What would you recomend me to start with?

    I’ve seen your cakes using color flow. Do u use color flow mix (from Wilton), or do u just thin down your RI?

    Is it possible to make a plaque out of marshmallow fondant? I’m thinking that dont want to be dependent of fondant bought in a shop/onlie, since I live on an island with no place to buy special supplies.

    I have so many questions, and I just love your site. I hope you have the time to answer some of them! You are my Cake Decorating Idol! I love the way you use your colors, and that the decorations are kind of subtle. I’ve seen so many cakes online that are just 2 much, and yours are always just right. I’m hoping that I can be as talented as you once in the future.

    Thank you,

  145. Louise says

    Luz: I have never tried meringue powder but I think that it is.
    I only use either Sugarflair extra red or the one you can get from Americolor. A good trick is to colour your icing 2 days in advance (dont use to much color at this stage) Then let it “rest” to mature the color. You can then always add more if it needs it

  146. Luz says

    Would you please tell me if its the same work with merengue powder instead of eggs, because I used christmas red from wilton and I only get a pink even I used very much red. if you can made a tutorial for decorate cookies with royal icing I will appreciate very much.



  147. Louise says

    siami: Flood icing is a very thin icing that will spread out even when added to cookies or to color flow motifs.

  148. siami says

    can u pls explain what is flood icing, i have seen cake pictures decorated stating that they have use flood icing technique.thank you

  149. Louise says

    Alaina: I dont think I have seen a royal icing that calls for milk or butter. It is always nice when you find something you can use if someone has allergy.

  150. Louise says

    Hi Helen,

    So sorry that this has happend to you.

    I have looked in my books and if the cake is going to be covered with RI I dont say anything about covered in egg whites only that the marzipan should be left to dry completly. It says nothing about there can appear discolouration.

    How many layers of RI have you made on the cakes? maybe you can carefully scrape the RI off. Brush with egg whites and re ice again?. If you want to be safe the only thing is to start all over again. Maybe you can re-use the cakes if they are fruitcakes?

    Or you could cover them with rolled fondant icing? if so then you need to brush the marzipan covered cakes with clear alcohol to make the icing stick.

    I hope you find a way that works best for you 🙂


  151. Helen says

    Hi Louise,

    I love your website, it’s given me so much inspiration. I was wondering if you could help me. I’ve got landed with making my own wedding cakes and all was going fine. I have baked them, covered them in marzipan which i left to dry for a week, then a friend who worked in a bakery said it should be covered in egg white to seal it and stop any discolouration. I have just started to ice the cakes and now it is drying brown patches are appearing on the icing. Do you have any ideas of what i can do about this? My wedding is in 23 days and i am starting to panic! Thanks.

  152. Alaina says

    Finally, an icing recipe that does not use milk products. My son is allergic and all the recipes I have call for either milk or butter (which is a milk product). Thanks.

  153. Louise says

    chloe: If you want to paint on your sons cake. I would use rolled fondant icing over the buttercreamed cake.

  154. chloe says

    i absolutely love your site! the tutorials are great.
    just a quick question, im making a cake for my sons 2nd birthday (lots of youn kiddies so the thick icing like plastic stuf is out really). is it the this royal icing you can pour over buttercream and and it makes a kind of crust that you can paint? or is there some other type of icing that you use? i really wanted to paint some animals on it.

    i hope you can help me! i only have 20 days to go!!

  155. Louise says

    annie: Nice to hear:-) Just a note this is “frosting” is mostly used for piping, decorating cookies. It can be used on cakes but it will dry hard.

  156. annie says

    Hi Louise,

    Thanks for your website. It is such a wonderful information for me to learn as a starter. Ive been wanting to make frosting the traditional way like my mom used to make when she is baking cake and frost it by herself when i was little looking at her seems too complicated but taste so much better, the homemade style. I forgot how she did it. Searching on the internet, i found your site , exactly the way how i wanted to make my frosting and in easy way step by step. Thanks a lot! More power to you!

  157. Louise says

    Tripti: the only thing that you can use as an subsitute for eggs is flax seeds that is boiled with water. I have been told that it looks really gooey but it can work to use it in royal icing. Email is on the way.

    Bertilla Baker: First I would personally not use fresh egg whites. I only use pasturized egg whites. I dont know what can have caused the problem with them. I once tried to make royal icing with Meri-White powder and the next day they looked fine hard on the surface but the RI was still runny under.

    I dont know what you can do so they dont stick. I am sorry to say it but I think that you will have to start over again :-(((( or can you scrape the icing off and re-decorate??

    I hope it works out for you. There is nothing more anoying when things goes wrong.

  158. Bertilla Baker says

    The cookies are for a wedding on Saturday. Is there anything I can sprinkle on top of them to at least take away the sticky feeling?

  159. Bertilla Baker says

    Help!!! I just iced some cookies with royal icing made from fresh egg whites which I had kept in the freezer for a few months. They were from fresh eggs I separated myself. In the past I’ve used frozen pastruized egg whites commercially packaged with great success. I made it as I always do, and always without fail. I thinned the icing to flood the top of the cookies. The icing behaved nicely and went on perfectly. However, it still has not dried 24 hours later!! It remains very sticky to the touch. I made another batch of icing with fresh pasturized egg whites that I bought from the grocery store. That batch I used to pipe on flowers on top of the glazed cookies. That batch has set up perfectly hard, like always. The weather was perfect. Not too hot, no humidity. What happened?? Why won’t the glaze dry? Any ideas?

  160. Tripti says

    Hi Louise!

    this is the first time i’ve visited your blog…. Amazing cookies and cup cakes… and great tuturial…
    i’ve been baking cakes for some time now… and wanted to learn new techniques…
    I have never used Royal Icing…. I wanted to know that is it possible to make royal icing without egg….
    I would also be greatful to you if you can forward me some Eggless cakes and cake decoration recipes….

    Thank you!

  161. Louise says

    yaneee: Thank you:-)

    elouise: I have not tried the Magnolia frostings, but when I make frosting I use the paddle and I use the amount equal parts of butter and icing sugar. If its too thick I add a few tsp of milk and offcourse I add flavourings aswell.

    melinda: you can find some of my cupcakes that have been decorated with royal icing in my cake gallery here:–Mini-Cakes-Chocolate-cupcakes-close-up.html
    Sure you can use my desings as an insperation.

    Mary Lou: Could you have used to much water to thin down the royal icing??

  162. Mary Lou says

    Help!!! I have just thrown out my second batch of cutouts. The flood went on beautifully: shiny and perfect. The next morning I came down to find the cookie surface bumpy and sweaty looking, the icing looking crystalized. Why is this happening? I have a picture of the ruined cookies if anyone thinks seeing it will help them diagnose my problem. Would be MUCH appreciated !!!

  163. melinda says

    hey. if you don’t mind can you mail me a picture of a cupcake with royal icing on it? i’m learning to bake cupcake for my grandma’s birthday and hope that i can bake cupcakes like yours that have such wonderful design. do you mind sharing? if you do not. mind mailing me?
    are royal frostings the coloured ones i see on your cupcakes pictures?

  164. elouise says

    hey i didnt know where i could ask this so i decided this would be the best section. how do you make frosting? i’ve tried to make two frosting recipes from the magnolia bakery books. and they always came out not thick enough. i followed everything to a T but then again, they were vague as to when to stop beating it in the stand mixer. it comes out runny when i pipe it, it doesnt have that creamy thick texture. especially not the texture i need to make swirls on my cupcakes do you think you could help? and do you know which paddle im supposed to use on the stand mixer? is it the whisk or the paddle?
    thanks so much !

  165. yaneee says

    hey louise. nice tutorial, i really like it:D thanks. perfect timing, me and my twin sister are going to bake a cake for our friends. we really loved your tutorial, and i’m sure our friends will really love the cake especially your royal icing. thanks again:D

  166. dayanara says

    Hello…I wanted to say your cookies look amazing with this frosing. Do you use the watery one or the stiffer one? how do you frost the cookies? I have never made cookies or used royal icing before…Thank you sooo much!!

  167. Louise says

    Shira: How sad that the fondant melted. I still hope it was great tasting though. The cake is sweet with the little bees on it.

  168. Shira says


    Your tips really helpful. But I miss the last one that u wrote to me because I tot it is ok to use “mango” cream chesse icing to cream the cake before laying the fondant. Like you said, the fondant melt and starting to leak when the cake arrived my friend’s home. Also it sweeten the cheese cake. It looked fine thought.

    I’ll try again next time! Feel free to go to my blog to take a look of the cake photo!

    Many thx!


  169. Louise says

    Bianca: you can paint on cakes with either food color paste or petal dust mixed with a few drops of clear alcohol. Or you can melt some cocoa butter and mix it with petal dust not paste or liquid colors.

  170. Louise says

    Shira: Just remember to buttercream it first before you cover with fondant. Because the fruit acid can melt the fondant. If it is very humid it will likely sweat but it will dry up a electric fan cna help.

    Good luck!

  171. Shira says


    Thx for yr advise and glad to hear that the fondant cake can be chilled. I think I’ll make mango cheese cake then and will post the “cake” in my blog in few days time. Will let u know how will it turn out to be.



  172. Ana says

    The anlo thing I can say is thank you, thank you, thank you!!!!! A friend showed my your website a couple of days ago and I cann’t thank you enough for all the information you give and for inspirering us with so beautifull thing. I love baking as all your fans and would love to share my projects with all of you!!!
    keep up the excellent work

  173. Louise says

    Hi Shannon,

    Thank you for the vote that was very sweet of you. Well I do try to do my best with the site and getting comments like yours surely shows that I am doing the right thing 🙂

  174. says

    I found this blog on the Blogger’s Choice Awards page, voted for best food blog. Without a doubt, this site has gotten my vote! I am so glad that I came across this site. Your cookie templates are beautiful and this blog is definitely well written. Thank you so much for sharing your expertise with the world! You have a new loyal subscriber here!

  175. Shira says

    Hi Louise,

    Found your blog when I’m doing some research on how to make a fondant cake this week for my friend. Really amaze on how good looking are your cake. Also you tips helps me a lot.

    I want to ask if I can use cheese cake as a fondant cake base, coz I know fondant can’t be refridgrated. My friend’s daughter love cheese cake, so what am I going to do?


  176. Louise says

    June: I had to ask one of my friends she gave me this recipe for a RI with gum arabic. She have not tried it yet but told me that it is used by Geraldine Randlesome. It should dry very hard up so maybe you should try just to use a smaller amount of the gum arabic and see how it work?

    8-10 oz confectioner’s sugar
    1 egg white
    1/4 t gum arabic
    1/4 t glucose

    Mix glucose with egg white, Gradually add sugar with gum arab., one Tablespoon at a time, whisking by hand.
    Continue mixing by hand…should take about 20minutes to mix properly

    Do let me know how it was….


  177. jackie says

    Hi, Louise, thank you very much for the tutorial, the pictures are very very helpful to get the ideal consistency for each steps…

  178. Andi says

    Tak Louise! Your site always inspires me! We have nearly 100% humidity here in Florida and I know that I have to turn our air conditioner on about 65 degrees to get the kind of results I want from royal icing. I have never been to Hawaii, June, but I think if you have A/C you can get professional results!
    Have fun everyone!

  179. Mari CCS says

    Louise… Thanks A lot you don’t know how I appreciate this!!!
    I’ll be trying it out very soon!
    Thanks again…and I hope my cookies look just like yours!!!
    Greeting from Caracas,

  180. June says

    Hi Louise, I have been avoiding doing anything with RI as it is humid here in Hawaii & we have a good amount of rain. I know RI will just melt away, but was wondering if there is anything I could add to it to stop this or at least delay it happening. Any ideas would be welcome. Thanks

  181. Louise says

    So nice to hear that many found the tutorial usefull. About the pasturized eggwhites I get those from the grocery store. Using raw egg products in non cooked food is different around the world. Here we use pasturized egg product for things there wont be cooked/baked over 75C.

    So if you cant get pasturized eggwhites then use dried eggwhite powder.

    Paola: I would love to see them. Can you send them to me??


  182. Geraldine says

    Dear Louise, thanks so much for the fantastic photos and tutorial. I’m sending you work off to several friends. Lovely to have you out there.
    Cheers, Geraldine

  183. Dawn says

    Thank you so much! I’ve attempted numerous cookie icing recipes but none ever seem to come out as beautifully as yours. I look forward to trying this! 🙂

  184. says

    Thank you for this, Louise…today I have just prepared some cookies for a wedding. I would like to show you them, they are no excellent, but I think good. You always helps us.
    Paola, Roma

  185. Amy from NY~USA says

    Thanks so much for this Louise! I cant wait to try this out! I think Ill like using the egg whites rather than the Meringue Powder. The pictures help alot too! Hugs!

  186. Adeline says

    Thanks, Louise. Excellent directions. Only one question: how do you pasturized the egg whites?

  187. Rita says

    Thanks Louise for posting this! I’m going to start icing 300 cookies today, so this was perfect timing! I enjoy seeing all that you do. I’m learning loads from you!

  188. says

    Thank you Lousie for this ultrausefull post
    I really didn’t know where to start with this icing so I appreciate your help and expecially the photos that really clear up my mind!
    Thank you from the bottom of my heart

  189. says

    Thank you Louise! Perfect timing: I’m going to prepare a cake for my boyfriend’s mom and I did not know wich coating I could use. I will try your royal icing: the tutorial is really detailed and the pictures are really helpful!! Thank you very much 🙂


  190. Mika says

    Thanks for this…I didn’t know the best way to do royal icing was to use handheld mixer with hooks…and the problems with bubbles…maybe is for this reason that my royal icing is always not smooth at all..

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