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easy Royal Icing

A royal icing recipe using egg whites that is easy and fast!
Course Dessert
Cuisine American
Keyword icing
Prep Time 10 minutes
Servings 3 cups


  • 3 large egg whites
  • 4 cups powdered sugar
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla


  • On high speed in a stand mixer (or with a hand mixer), beat vanilla and egg whites until frothy and bubbly.
  • A little bit at a time, add in the powdered sugar until the sugar is dissolved. To keep the mess down, add a bit of sugar with the mixer on low and beat it just until it pulls it into the egg whites, turn the mixer up and mix it until incorporated. Repeat
  • When the sugar is incorporated, turn the mixer on high and beat until stiff peaks form. This takes about 8 minutes in a stand mixer and about 11 minutes with a hand mixer. You are looking for a mountain that doesn't curl. Or, if you flip the beater upside down the egg white doesn't flop over AT ALL.
  • Use immediately or store in air-tight containers.
  • You can dye this with food coloring.
  • Adjust the consistency to what you desire for your icing needs.