Are you planning on making some pretty decorations for your baked goods? Cookies, cakes and cupcakes will look just a little fancier with a few flowers or a beautiful pattern. Royal Icing is the perfect way to make these decorations! Icing also is a perfect way to keep cookies, cupcakes and cakes fresh for an extended period. You can not only prolong the shelf life, but you can also add colour to your baked goods.
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Let’s Make Some Good Food!
Nutritional Information per Portion
- 70 g Chicken Egg White - [See good to know section.]
- 350 g Icing Sugar
- 1/2 tsp Cream of Tartar
Other things you need
- Food Scale
- Measuring Spoons
- Food Colouring - [This is optional]
- Weigh your ingredients.
- Optional: Add food colouring. [See good to know section.]
- Put all your ingredients in a bowl and beat the mixture till stiff peaks have formed. This will take about 15 minutes.
- Your Royal Icing is ready to use!
Good to know
- Storing: You can store icing if you are not ready to use it right away. When you do, make sure it will not dry out. Store your icing in an airtight container and cover it up with something moist, like a damp cloth.
- Shelf life: If stored correctly, the icing will stay good for several days.
- Storing decorations: Store set decorations in an airtight container or bag.
- Shelf life for decorations: Decorations that have set can be kept for months if stored correctly.
- Consistency: When decorating, you will need icing with different levels of viscosity. To make icing that is flowing more, you can either add a bit more egg white or use less sugar. Make sure to be careful if you choose to add more egg white. A little bit more or less makes a big difference.
- Food colouring: Use food colouring in paste form instead of a liquid form to keep the consistency of the icing the same.
- Drying: Remember to let your icing dry so it can set, once you are done decorating.
- Using Eggs: Make sure your eggs are still good before you use them. How? [Check out my article!]
- Organic: To make this recipe organic, only use organic ingredients.
Know What You Eat
Both when buying food or when making your own, it is important to inform yourself about the nutritional value. Have a look at the nutrition label, learn about your serving size and what nutrients this product will bring to the table.
If you want to compare different products and their values, it is easier to look at a label where the values are given per 100 grams. This way you get a better understanding of the categories certain products belong to when it comes to nutritional values. Is this a product with a high sugar content? Does it contain a lot of fibre? How does this product measure up if I am looking to stick to a low-sodium diet?
Keep in mind that if you are looking to eat healthily, you should not just avoid eating fat and/or sugar. We need both in our daily diet. Make sure however to be aware of where you get your lipids and sugars from. As a rule of thumb, you could say; variation is very important in your diet and in general, the closer your food is to come straight from the source, the better.
If you want to read more about healthy food choices, check out my article [Healthy Food Choices]. Truthful Food also has a continuously growing article category solely focusing on specific ingredients and nutrients for everyone who wants to take a closer look at what you can find in your food.
*All given nutritional information is an indication. Due to differences in how ingredients are produced, where they are purchased and how the recipe is prepared, nutritional values may vary.