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4.91 from 10 votes

Soft Royal Icing

Royal Icing that tastes great and has a soft bite
Prep Time15 minutes
Course: Dessert
Cuisine: American
Keyword: Coconut Cream Cheese Frosting, Icing, Royal Icing, Soft Royal Icing
Servings: 2 Dozen Cookies
Author: Chels


  • 1/2 Cup Water
  • 1/4 Cup Meringue Powder
  • 2 lbs Powdered Sugar
  • 2 TBSP Light Corn Syrup
  • 2 TBSP Vegetable Shortening
  • 1 Tsp Vanilla Extract
  • 1/2 Tsp Butter Extract
  • 1 Tsp Cream Cheese Extract
  • 1 TBSP White Gel Food Color (optional)


  • In the bowl of a stand mixer fitted with the whisk attachment, add water and meringue powder. Mix on med-high speed until frothy.
  • Add corn syrup, shortening, flavors and about 1/3 of the powdered sugar and mix well. Make sure it is all combined and there are no chunks of shortening left behind.
  • Add the rest of the powdered sugar and mix until combined. Scrape down the sides of the bowl and add white gel food color. Then mix on med speed for about two minutes, until stiff and pretty thick.
  • Color, and thin to desired consistency(s), bag and DECORATE!! Keep covered to prevent drying out. Store completely covered at room temperature for up to a week, or bag and place in the freezer for up to 3 months.


White food color is optional. It helps prevent color bleed and gives the icing more of a bright white appearance. Without it the icing is a bit opaque.