Heres a quick one for you, a basic recipe for royal icing. Its that icing that cake decorators ( like me) used to shovel on fruit cakes years ago be it for weddings or birthdays that used to set rock hard, but its useful for a lot of things like writing, sticking things together & creating marvelous cake decorating effects.
So heres how to make it, keep this recipe in mind as it’s going to pop up on various items in this blog in the future.
YOU WILL NEED :
A clean grease-free mixing bowl and a whisk or beater
Hot soapy water and a sponge for later as the icing sugar gets everywhere if you put your machine on a high speed to soon.
3 egg whites (at room temperature)
500g icing sugar
1/2 teaspoon of lemon juice (this stops icing setting like cement)
Tips- To store keep covered in an air tight container, it will keep for 2 days maximum, do not store in fridge !
This recipe is really best used on the day you make it.
To get it really white add a tiny drop of blue food colouring, that bluey white thing the washing powders advertise, well there is something in it, my cake decorating lecturers always recommend this tip to get really white icing.
To use icing for writing colour it the desired colour, then thin it down with a tiny drop of water so it flows easily.
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