This is a video recipe for royal icing. To keep your gingerbread house from collapsing, plain old icing won't do – you need royal icing! It's also great for decorating cakes and cookies. Learn how to make royal icing with this guide from Howcast.
You Will Need
* An electric mixer
* 4 c Confectioners' sugar
* 3 tbsp Meringue powder
* 6 tbsp Warm water
* .5 tsp Almond or vanilla extract
* Food coloring
Step 1: Mix it up
Using an electric mixer, beat the confectioners' sugar and meringue powder until they're combined. Add half a teaspoon of almond or vanilla extract if you like.
*Tip: If your grocery store doesn't stock meringue powder, look for it in craft and party stores.
Step 2: Add water
Add six tablespoons of warm water and beat on high until stiff peaks form, about six minutes.
*Tip: Stir in a few drops of food coloring, if desired.
Step 3: Keep it from stiffening
Royal icing hardens quickly. To prevent this from happening as you decorate, keep a damp cloth over the icing bowl while you work.
Step 4: Store it
Store extra icing in an airtight container in the fridge; it will keep for several days. When you're ready to use it, re-beat it to soften it. Add a tiny bit of water if necessary.
Royal icing got its name from being used on fruitcake, which was the traditional wedding cake for English royalty.