Source: Wilton method

Make: 1½ cup


  • 1½ tbsp meringue powder (refer to note 1 and photo)
  • 2 cups sifted confectioner’s sugar
  • 3 tbsp warm water

how to make royal icing


  1. Beat all ingredients until icing forms peaks (about 8-10 minutes).
  2. Adjust the consistency if needed. If it’s too runny, add more sugars. If it’s too hard, add more water. Add colouring and mix well. Transfer icing to a piping bag with a small tip, decorate as desired. Keep the icing covered or else it will dry out.


  1. I use Wilton brand which is available in local baking ingredient supply shop. Meringue powder is made from dehydrated egg whites, sugar, gum, corn starch and an array of stabilizers and flavoring agents. For further info, please read these links ( and
  2. Instead of making the royal icing, you can buy the ready-made icing ie Wilton decorative icing tube (as shown in photo).

royal icing

Royal Icing is used in Low Lai Kuan’s Gingerbread Man Cookies Recipe.

Low Lai Kuan

By Low Lai Kuan

Low Lai Kuan is a stay-at-home mother who is passionate about providing a well-balanced and healthy meal to her family. Since 2008, she started her food blog to share about cooking for toddlers. Several of her works had been featured in newspapers, magazine and online media. Her website is

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