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Fresh Lemon Royal Icing
Prep Time
10 mins
Recipe for Fresh Lemon Royal Icing
Course: Dessert
Cuisine: American, French
Keyword: fresh lemon royal icing, royal icing
Hanielas.com: Hani Bacova
Metric Version
  • 1 kg powdered sugar sift if needed
  • 50 grams meringue powder
  • 5 grams (1tsp) cream of tartar optional
  • 55 ml strained fresh lemon juice
  • 110 ml tap warm water
  • 10 ml (1tbl) Vanilla Extract
  • 1 tsp (5ml) almond extract optional
Cup Version
  • 2 lb (7-8 cups) powdered sugar, sift the sugar if needed
  • 4 1/2 tbs meringue powder
  • 1/4 cup  strained fresh lemon juice  one lemon
  • 1/4 cup +2tb; tap warm water
  • 1 tsp cream of tartar optional
  • 1 tbs Vanilla Extract
  • 1 tsp Almond extract optional
  1. Make sure all your tools are grease free!
  2. I wipe my tools with a piece of paper towel and vinegar. Wipe dry with a clean towel.
  3. Sift the powdered sugar if needed, if powdered sugar has big chunks make sure you sift it, otherwise I don't sift.
  4. Whisk meringue powder with fresh lemon juice and warm water, until slightly foamy, add cream of tartar,  whisk well and then add all the powdered sugar at once. Using your stand mixer, on the lowest setting, using paddle attachment, mix for about 3-4 minutes, add  vanilla extract, continue mixing for another 5 minutes. Scrape the bowl once and beat again.
  5. When icing is done it should be stiff. Try not to overmix.
Recipe Notes

For non lemon icing, use the same measurements, instead of lemon juice use water.