How to Make Royal Icing for Cookies and Cake: This is the BEST royal icing recipe! It is so easy with just 2 ingredients, I can make this anytime and I love that! I love this recipe because for bakers who love to decorate sugar cookies and cakes. Royal Icing is the best edible glue for cake decorating! For sure saving for later!

Royal Icing for Cookies & Cakes

Royal icing is the frosting that top bakers and cake decorators use to make the perfect details on their cakes and cookies. This icing can be used for many things in cake decorating, but the most popular use is for decorating cookies. 

Course Dessert
Cuisine American
Keyword Cake Decorating, Frosting, Sugar Cookies
Prep Time 7 minutes
Total Time 7 minutes
Servings 2 cups
Author Katie


  • 2 whole egg whites pasteurized
  • 4 cups powdered sugar
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 teaspoon water (to thin out, if too thick)
  • food coloring optional


  1. In large bowl of stand mixer with a paddle attachment, combine the egg whites (and vanilla) and beat until frothy.

  2. Add powdered sugar gradually and mix on low speed until sugar is incorporated and the mixture is shiny.

  3. Turn speed up to high and beat until mixture forms stiff, glossy peaks. This step should take approximately 5 to 7 minutes.

  4. Add vanilla and food coloring, if desired. For immediate use, transfer icing to a pastry (piping) bag or heavy duty storage bag and pipe as desired.

Recipe Notes