How to Make Frosting With Meringue Powder


Many frosting recipes are available but sometimes it's difficult to find the perfect frosting that's the exact consistency you need for decorating a cake or cookies. Meringue powder, made from dehydrated egg whites, sugar, cornstarch and other stabilizers, adds a shiny appearance and creamy texture and can be used to replace raw egg whites in frosting.

Things You'll Need

  • Large mixing bowl
  • 4 cups confectioners sugar
  • 3 tbsp. meringue powder
  • 1/2 tsp. almond extract or 1/2 tsp. vanilla extract
  • 5 to 6 tbsp. hot water
  • Mixer
  • Measure the confectioners sugar into a large mixing bowl.

  • Measure the meringue powder (available at grocery and cake decorating stores) into the bowl.

  • Measure the almond extract (or vanilla extract, if using) into the bowl. Mix on low speed to combine.

  • Add the hot water and mix on medium to high speed until the frosting is glossy and peaks form. If your frosting is too thick, add 1 tbsp. of hot water until a thinner consistency is reached. If your frosting is too thin, add 1 or 2 tbsp. of confectioners sugar.

Tips & Warnings

  • After your frosting is made, you can add one drop of food coloring to tint the icing (or more drops depending on desired color).
  • The best way to spread this frosting onto a cookie is to use a small spoon (such as a baby spoon) to add a small dollop of frosting in the center of the cookie. Use a small paintbrush to carefully spread the frosting to the edges of the cookie. You can make more frosting and insert it into a pastry bag fitted with a cake decorating tip to apply more frosting to the cookie on top of the base coat.
  • The icing sets up very quickly when exposed to air, so add sprinkles and any other decorations immediately after applying the base coat of frosting. Keep the bowl covered with a wet towel as you work or place the icing in an airtight container if you won't be usually it immediately.
  • Some individuals are allergic to nut products; in this case, you may want to use vanilla extract instead of almond extract.

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