Easy Royal Icing


This royal icing with cream of tartar is easy to make and perfect for decorating gingerbread houses.

Royal Icing III heart cookie
Prep Time:
10 mins
Total Time:
10 mins
4 cups


  • 3 cups confectioners' sugar

  • ¼ teaspoon cream of tartar

  • 2 large egg whites, beaten


  1. Gather all ingredients.

    A top down view of a bowl of confectioner's sugar, egg white, and a measuring spoon of cream of tartar, sitting on a kitchen counter.

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  2. Sift together confectioners' sugar and cream of tartar in a large bowl.

    confectioner's sugar and cream of tartar being sifted into a glass mixing bowl.

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  3. Beat in egg whites with an electric mixer until mixture is thick enough to hold its shape, about 5 minutes.

    Sugar, cream of tartar, and egg whites whipped using an electric mixer, until soft peaks have formed.

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Editor's Note:

This recipe contains raw egg. We recommend that young children, older adults, and people who are pregnant or immunocompromised do not consume raw egg. Learn more about egg safety from our article, How to Make Your Eggs Safe.

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

23 Calories
6g Carbs
0g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 64
Calories 23
% Daily Value *
Sodium 2mg 0%
Total Carbohydrate 6g 2%
Total Sugars 6g
Protein 0g
Calcium 0mg 0%
Potassium 4mg 0%

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.

** Nutrient information is not available for all ingredients. Amount is based on available nutrient data.

(-) Information is not currently available for this nutrient. If you are following a medically restrictive diet, please consult your doctor or registered dietitian before preparing this recipe for personal consumption.

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