Lil Em's Royal Icing

Lil Em's Royal Icing

Royal Icing is a sweet and malleable icing that is PERFECT for decorating cookies


8 cups Powdered Sugar

5 tbsps Meringue Powder

3/4 cups Water, warmed in microwave for 30 seconds

1 tsps Light Vanilla Extract

1/2 tsps Pure Vanilla Extract

1 tbsps Light Corn Syrup


*Using two different vanillas and corn syrup are OPTIONAL. Take my Royal Icing 101 course for explanation!


1. Measure your powdered sugar into your mixing bowl and set aside

2. Warm water in microwave for 30 seconds. Add meringue powder and whisk til frothy. Add extracts and whisk to combine.

3. Fit your mixing bowl into your stand mixer. Add water/merengue powder/ flavor mixture. Combine on low.

4. Add corn syrup

5. Once mixture starts to look gooey, turn your mixer up one notch and let mix for 3 minutes.

6. Your icing should look soft and cloud-like, while forming stiff peaks. If your mixer is really struggling or the mixture looks like it’s not coming together, add water as needed. A little water goes a long way so start with a tiny amount (about a tablespoon) and go from there. If it’s not forming stiff peaks, add up to one more cup of powdered sugar and mix for an additional minute.

7. This is stiff icing and will need to be thinned out with water to achieve different consistencies suitable for decorating.

8. Move to an airtight container. Keeps for one week at room temp and one month if frozen.

*notes: It is very much recommended that you make Royal Icing with a stand mixer. A hand mixer will also work. It is possible to mix RI by hand but it will not be easy... you’ve been warned.

I usually recommend to weigh everything with a kitchen scale. I do not, however, weigh my ingredients for RI. It is a pretty foolproof substance. Too thin? Add powdered sugar. Too thick? Add water.

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Piping Bags

Piping Bags

Stand Mixer

Stand Mixer

Meringue Powder

Meringue Powder


Royal Icing 101!

Ever wanted to learn how to make those beautiful decorated cookies you see on social media? Or have you been trying but are frustrated with the challenging mess that is royal icing? Then this class is for you!

This FREE class is a deep dive into royal icing and will be a prerequisite for all future Lil Em’s courses. In this past stream, we will make my royal icing and the three most commonly used consistencies. Achieving the different consistencies is technical, can be frustrating and is the absolute KEY to those beautiful cookies. Anyone can pipe with practice, especially if you have the consistencies right. It took me years to perfect and now I am here to save all that time for you! We will conclude the class with a piping lesson, so it is recommended that you print out a sheet with straight lines, squiggles and circles so you may practice along with me. I can’t wait to be a part of your decorating journey!

Let’s get cookie-ing!

What you will need:

Stand or hand mixer

Mixing bowls

A tall glass


Dropper, clean spray bottle with some water in it, or a spoon

Lil Em’s Royal Icing ingredients

Air tight container

Piping bags

Scribe tool or toothpick

A blank cookie (should you like to practice flooding with me)

Practice sheet

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