Wilton® Royal Icing Recipe

This smooth, hard-drying icing is perfect for making decorations that last.

It is also useful as a "cement" to fasten decorations together.

Royal icing is edible, but not recommended for icing cakes.


Craft Time: 30 minutes

Uses Recycled Items: No

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  • Wilton® Meringue Powder, 3 tbsp.
  • 4 cups (about 1 lb.) Confectioners' Sugar
  • Warm Water, 6 tbsp.
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Step 1
Beat all ingredients until icing forms peaks (7-10 minutes at low speed with a heavy-duty mixer, 10-12 minutes at high speed with a hand-held mixer).

Step 2
Icing is now ready for use.

Keep all utensils completely grease-free for proper icing consistency.

When using large counter-top mixer, or for stiffer icing, use one tablespoon less water.

Thinned Royal Icing:
To thin for pouring, add one teaspoon water per cup of royal icing. Use grease-free spoon or spatula to stir slowly. Add 1/2 teaspoon water at a time until you reach proper consistency.


Makes about 3 cups of icing.

Adult supervision is required at all times.