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What is Royal Icing?
Royal icing is a firm-textured icing that has a long shelf life and a matte finish. Its stability makes royal icing perfect for decorating cookies, cakes etc. The icing can be made with a base of either whipped egg whites or meringue powder. I prefer working with meringue powder for hygenic and food safety reasons. Royal icing may also be used to create flowers and decorations which can be dried and applied at your liesure, making it quite versatile. The ability to prepare decorations days in advance is a serious boon to time management. Royal icing may also be used to “fill in” the top surface of a cookie, or as a cement to hold decorations in place.