Friday, December 27, 2013

Royal icing is a hard white icing made from softly beaten egg whites, icing sugar (or confectioners sugar), and sometimes lime or lemon juice. Royal icing is very common to be used as cookies or cake decorations. It can be colored as well in order to make the cake or cookies more attractive and pretty. Look what I've made for my Christmas treats. Sugar cookies with icing. Aren't they cute, are they? My kids love them.

The basic and traditional ingredients for royal icing is egg whites. Just beat the egg whites together with lemon juice, and add confectioners sugar gradually while mixing until they form a soft, white, glossy peak mixture. This process will take a while but just take the time and do not rush in order to get a soft and glossy peak icing. If it's under mixed, the icing will become too runny and watery.

This is my basic royal icing before I divide them into 4 parts and give different color for each of them.

After i gave different color for each part, i put them into plastic bag and now i ready to use it to decorate my sugar cookies

Royal icing can be used  to decorate a cake as well. Just make it separately on baking paper, and let it hardened before putting it on the top of the cake or cupcake.

I've tried to make this kind of decoration for my carrot cupcake before.  I made carrot royal icing separately, let it dry, and store it in the airtight container. when the cake is ready to eat or serve, I put the royal icing on the top of the butter cream frosting. I like this decoration. But the downside of this decoration is the royal icing will get wet easily because of moisture from the frosting. That's why it has to be place on the top of the frosting right before serving time otherwise the icing will melted and looks bad on the top of the cup cake.

Another downside of this traditional royal icing is the health issue. Royal icing is usually made from raw egg white. There is a very small chance of Salmonella poisoning from the raw egg white. A person who is infected with Salmonella bacterium usually has fever, abdominal cramps, and diarrhea  after consuming contaminated food or beverages. Person with low immune system such as elderly, infants, and pregnant woman has highest chance to get infected. Because of this issue nowadays, most of the baker use meringue powder or pasteurized egg to make royal icing. But this product is not always easy to find in grocery store. So, just use a good quality eggs and do not store unused royal icing too long.

Ingredients :
  • 1 egg white
  • 1 cup (110 grams) confectioners sugar
  • 1 tsp lemon juice
Preparation :
  1. In a large bowl, whisk egg white with lemon juice until formed small bubble
  2. Add 1/2 cup confectioners sugar and mix with medium speed until sugar is incorporated and mixture is shiny.
  3. Add the rest of the sugar
  4. Mix with high speed until mixture form stiff and glossy peak.
  5. Add food coloring agent and start decorating. 
  6. Leave it until hardened 
Tip :  You can put royal icing into preheated oven (50 C) for 15-20 minutes to speed up the hardening process.

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