Recipe: Royal Icing

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A lovely icing that’s the ideal topping for your Christmas cake prior to your decorations


  • 16 oz. (900g) icing sugar
  • 4 egg whites
  • 2 tsps. glycerine
  • Cooking Instructions:

    1. Sift the sugar into a mixing bowl
    2. Stir the egg whites in a separate bowl just sufficiently to break them up
    3. Add half of the sifted sugar, mix well then stir briskly until the mixture becomes smooth, glossy and white
    4. Cover the bowl with greaseproof paper and leave for an hour so that the bubbles are allowed to rise to the surface
    5. Add sufficient of the remaining sugar to form a stiff consistency, stiff enough so the mixture rises to form peaks when pulled up with a spoon
    6. Add the glycerine and leave the icing in an airtight container overnight in a cool place before using


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