“Food Tip” del giorno—Royal Icing!

by valentinalucia

My tribute to the royal wedding today is a post about that sweet, sugary icing we all know and love to use to decorate treats!

Royal icing can be used on many different kinds of desserts and often it’s used to decorate sugar cookies. Sweetopia has a great rule of thumb to help you know exactly when your royal icing is best for decorating: the 10-second rule.

Drag a butter knife through the surface of your royal icing and count to 10.  If the icing surface becomes smooth in anywhere between 5-10 seconds, then your icing is ready to use.  If it takes longer than approximately 10 seconds, the icing is too thick.  Slowly add more water.  If your icing surface smoothes over in less than 5-10 seconds, it is too runny.  Mix your icing longer or slowly add more sifted icing sugar to thicken.

Check out more of Sweetopia’s royal icing tips, or try this recipe for Nigella Lawson’s Cupcakes with Royal Icing!