What is meringue powder? Meringue powder is a key ingredient in making royal icing for decorating cookies or glazing donuts. Unlike cake or cupcake frosting, which is soft and uses butter or shortening, royal icing dries to a hard finish and is made typically from egg whites (fresh or powdered) and confectioner's sugar. By adjusting the amount of water in the recipe, royal icing varies in consistency according to its use: thick for defined lines, medium for softer designs, and a thinner "flood" to cover a surface with a smooth shiny finish or glaze. Meringue powder helps royal icing to dry quickly without cracking and provides elasticity for easy piping.
Why use meringueshop's meringue powder?
What you will need to make royal icing:
royal icing recipe (makes about 2 cups of royal icing, good for about two to three dozen cookies):
Steps for a successful royal icing. Our meringue powder works just like classic meringue powder. Just follow the steps below!
1) measuring and dissolving meringue powder with water
2) whipping the royal icing and adding confectioners' sugar
3) optional: when adding liquid coloring or flavor extracts:
4) consistency: thinning for flood icing or glaze:
5) using a piping bag or ziplock bag:
Place unused royal icing into a sealable container. Press a sheet of plastic wrap directly onto icing, top with lid and refrigerate for up to three weeks. Remove any large crystallization, add a few drops of water and stir to remix.
TROUBLESHOOTING / FAQs
Q: Why do I need to let the meringue powder hydrate in water first?
A: The meringue powder performs best when allowed to absorb water first and helps the foam to reach its full potential.
Q: The icing doesn't look thick enough to hold its shape. Can I fix this?
A: First allow the icing to sit. It will thicken in ten minutes. If a thicker consistency is preferred, mix 1/2 cup of confectioner's sugar with 2 teaspoons meringue powder and fold this mixture a little at a time until you arrive at the desired consistency. It is always best to weigh all the ingredients, measuring a teaspoon of liquid can vary from utensil to utensil and affect the end result of your royal icing.
Q: Is your meringue powder allergen friendly?
A: Yes! It is free from the eight top allergens including eggs, milk, tree nuts, peanuts, wheat, corn, and soybeans. There are no artificial ingredients and it is all organic. Our facility is dedicated peanut and tree nut free. We recommend using an organic brand of confectioner's sugar when mixing royal icing.