Saucepan Kids make easy royal icing for the Christmas cake - Kids in the kitchen at Christmas
Saucepan Kids make easy royal icing for the Christmas cake - Kids in the kitchen at Christmas

Royal Icing

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December 19, 2016

This is a classic royal icing recipe which is perfect for your Christmas cake. Try to get it done a week or so in advance, after the marzipan, so it has time to harden.

It is very easy to make and the kids will have so much fun spreading the icing on the cake, putting on any decorations and licking the spoon and bowl after!

It can also work for any other cake all year round, but it works especially well with rich fruit cakes.

Ellen - aged 13

  • Prep: 20 mins
  • 20 mins

    20 mins

  • Yields: Covers 1 cake
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Ingredients

450g icing sugar

2 egg whites

a few drops of lemon juice

Directions

Whisk the egg whites together until slightly frothy

Gradually sift in the icing sugar

Add the lemon juice

Mix together until it has a thick, shiny consistency

Spread evenly on the cake with a knife

If you want a rough, rustic look, use a fork to create spikes or lift the icing with the knife to create small peaks

If you want a smooth, shiny finish, place a knife in boiling water, shake of the excess and smooth the icing down

Put any decorations on and leave to harden

When you are spreading the icing on the cake, make sure you put a damp dish cloth over the bowl with the remaining icing in it because it hardens very quickly.

If you want to, add a few drops of food colouring.

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