Royal icing is a wonderful icing to work with, especially in warm weather. It sets so well, making this my most preferred choice for piping flowers for cake decorating. And its non-greasy texture makes cleaning super breezy too!
I don't quite know how royal icing got its name, but I always thought its the best description for the icing. In its totally white and silky smooth texture, the icing does indeed carry a aura of grandeur with it.
The thing I like most about this icing is the fact that it is not affected by its surrounding temperature, which means, it does not melt or loose its consistency in heat. I live in a hot and humid climate and having to work with icing that is heat sensitive is always a problem. And because of this, when it comes to piping flowers, I always prefer this icing to buttercream.
Also, this is one icing is so easy to wash up. Its absolutely grease-free and that makes it super easy to wash. Having said that, when making the icing, it is absolutely important to make sure there is not even a tiny trace of grease in any of the utensils used or else the icing will remain runny and not turn out as as fluffy as it should be.
Another important note about this icing is the ability to change its consistency from stiff to soft and runny. Stiff consistency is necessary for piping work, be it flowers, borders or Lambeth string work. In its runny consistency, this icing is used for flooding work. Flooding work or also sometimes known as color flow is basically the art of using royal icing to create icing plaques in various designs and shapes. It is typically made by diluting the icing with warm water. In adding the water, its always better to add a little at a time, until the icing reaches a consistency where a cut though the icing with the back of a spoon closes back in the count of 10 seconds.
Although royal icing has always been typically made using egg whites, meringue powder is now the preferred option for many cake decorators. I have the recipes for both versions of the icing here and although I have personally tried both many times successfully, I now only use the recipe that uses meringue powder instead of fresh egg white simply out of convenience.
Here is the full printable version of my first royal icing recipe (without meringue powder), made using fresh egg whites.
And this is the full printable version of my second version of the royal icing. This recipe uses meringue powder instead of fresh egg whites.
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