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We all have our favorite royal icing recipes, but sometimes they just don’t scale down right when you only need a little.This recipe makes a mini batch, perfect for doing a small batch of cookies, string work accents or a quick session of piping practice.


  • 2 cups 10x confectioner’s sugar, sifted
  • 1 tablespoon meringue powder
  • Pinch of cream of tartar
  • 3-4 tablespoons water

Ensure that all your tools are very clean and grease free before starting.

Combine confectioner’s sugar, meringue powder and cream of tartar  in the bowl of a stand mixer.

Slowly add water until a sticky ball has formed, and then add water by the drop until a glue-like consistency is reached.

Beat on the lowest speed for 7-10 minutes.

For thinner icing, add more water a drop at a time until desired consistency is reached.

For flavored icing, substitute 1 teaspoon of water for a clear flavored extract.


Onome Says... 13 May 2013 , 3:32pm

Thanks for sharing!

Charmaine49 Says... 13 May 2013 , 11:11pm

Thanks for sharing, this will come in very handy for those "little bits" when one needs it...

deanna1962 Says... 14 May 2013 , 9:51am

I did not see when the pinch of cream of tarter is added.

MilaJJ Says... 14 May 2013 , 11:47am

In case of an egg allergie. Is there a subtitute for the meringue powder?

LeanneW Says... 14 May 2013 , 12:41pm

Thanks for your watchful eye deanna1962. I have made the correction, the cream of tartar is added to the other dry ingredients.

LeanneW Says... 14 May 2013 , 1:12pm

MilaJJ, I did a recipe search and found this glaze recipe, which would be great for cookies, but probably not for piping cakecentral.com/a/glaze-icing-sugar-cookie-icing

JazzyCake posted a recipe for egg-free Royal Icing in this thread as well cakecentral.com/t/659310/egg-free-royal-icing

Good luck!

Bakerof2 Says... 14 May 2013 , 3:00pm

Does this dry hard? Hard enough to stack?

Bluejellybeans Says... 16 May 2013 , 12:57am


caferock05 Says... 16 May 2013 , 8:07pm

Thanks for sharing!

tabathaba Says... 20 May 2013 , 3:46am

Is there are way to save this to my favorite recipes?

SuperCuteCookie Says... 20 May 2013 , 7:20am

Thanks for sharing!

Nalgh3 Says... 4 Jul 2013 , 7:38am

Sounds good, I have never tried royal icing. This seems easy enough to start with

DanTonys2005 Says... 12 Jul 2013 , 10:12am

Thanks for sharing :)

SueToolan Says... 22 Jan 2014 , 5:48pm

Good Gosh!!. Thank you..thank you..thank you!! Just what I needed!!

Cara-mel Says... 25 Oct 2014 , 2:31am

I have never used royal icing before so this small batch is great for me to get my feet wet, thank you for sharing!

ellejayz Says... 27 Mar 2015 , 3:03am

I'm very curious as I don't know what the meringue powder and cream of tartar have to do with the royal icing?  I've never used them or saw a recipe with those ingredients and I've tested many royal icing variations! Thanks for the sharing and look forward to hearing back! 

Kathl Says... 27 Mar 2015 , 4:04pm

Been looking for a recipe this small...THANK YOU !! :-)

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