Royal Icing

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

AuthorEllenCategory, , DifficultyBeginner

The third and final step to the perfect Christmas cake. Easy to make and so pretty, this icing makes your Christmas cake a showstopper!

Saucepan Kids make easy royal icing for the Christmas cake - Kids in the kitchen at Christmas
Yields1 Serving
Prep Time20 mins
 450g icing sugar
 2 egg whites
 a few drops of lemon juice
1

Whisk the egg whites together until slightly frothy

2

Gradually sift in the icing sugar

3

Add the lemon juice

4

Mix together until it has a thick, shiny consistency

5

Spread evenly on the cake with a knife

6

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

7

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

8

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.

Ingredients

 450g icing sugar
 2 egg whites
 a few drops of lemon juice

Directions

1

Whisk the egg whites together until slightly frothy

2

Gradually sift in the icing sugar

3

Add the lemon juice

4

Mix together until it has a thick, shiny consistency

5

Spread evenly on the cake with a knife

6

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

7

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

8

Put any decorations on and leave to harden

Royal Icing

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