Soft Royal Icing


This is my go-to sugar cookie icing recipe for decorating cookies and cakes; it works wonderfully and has a beautiful smooth finish. Add food coloring or flavoring if desired.

Prep Time:
10 mins
Total Time:
10 mins
3 cups


  • 1 (16 ounce) package confectioners' sugar

  • 2 egg whites

  • ¼ cup water, or as needed


  1. Beat sugar and egg whites in a large bowl using an electric mixer on low speed until evenly combined and shiny, about 3 minutes.

  2. Add water gradually, beating on medium-high speed until icing is smooth and reaches desired consistency, about 5 minutes.

Cook's Notes:

You can mix the icing by hand using a wooden spoon if preferred. Add the confectioners' sugar gradually, mixing well after each addition until it is well incorporated with the egg whites.

For a thicker consistency, add more confectioners' sugar.

Editor's Note:

This recipe contains raw egg. We recommend that pregnant women, young children, the elderly, and the infirm do not consume raw egg. Learn more about egg safety from our article, How to Make Your Eggs Safe.

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

74 Calories
19g Carbs
0g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 24
Calories 74
% Daily Value *
Sodium 5mg 0%
Total Carbohydrate 19g 7%
Total Sugars 18g
Protein 0g
Calcium 1mg 0%
Potassium 5mg 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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