Stiff Royal Icing


This stiff royal icing recipe makes gingerbread house icing you can eat. It holds together really well! To use it, place it in a piping bag or use a spatula to spread onto the gingerbread house pieces to stick them together. This icing can also be used to decorate the tops of cookies.

Prep Time:
15 mins
Total Time:
15 mins
6 cups


  • ½ cup meringue powder

  • 1 tablespoon meringue powder

  • 1 cup warm water

  • ¾ teaspoon cream of tartar

  • 12 cups confectioners' sugar

  • 2 tablespoons warm water, or as needed


  1. Beat both amounts of meringue powder, 1 cup warm water, cream of tartar, then confectioners' sugar in a large bowl using an electric mixer on low.

  2. Scrape down sides of bowl and increase mixer speed to medium; beat until fluffy and shiny, 6 to 8 minutes.

  3. If frosting is too stiff, beat in 2 tablespoons warm water, or as needed, adding water in small amounts. Keep frosting covered with a damp towel until needed.


I usually reserve the 2 tablespoons of warm water until the end, to use to get the desired consistency. If the icing is too runny, add more powdered sugar. If the icing is too stiff, add more water in very small amounts.

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

174 Calories
43g Carbs
1g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 36
Calories 174
% Daily Value *
Sodium 11mg 0%
Total Carbohydrate 43g 16%
Total Sugars 41g
Protein 1g
Calcium 1mg 0%
Potassium 11mg 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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