Royal Icing (Sweet Hope Icing)

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There are several variations of Royal Icing; however, the Sweet Hope Royal Icing recipe is one of cottage baker’s favorites for piping and decorating sugar cookies.

Many new to the baking industry may also know it as Sweet Hope Royal Frosting or Sweet Hope Royal Icing Glaze.  It is actually a combination of both.

Sweet Hope Icing is a type of royal icing but better!  It has a more tender, sweet bite, and dries with a soft shine. Use for decorating cookies, creating icing transfers, and making homemade sprinkles.


Royal Icing
1 pound powdered sugar
1.5 tablespoon meringue powder
1/4 cup water + 1 tablespoon water
1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
2 teaspoons glycerin optional

Sweet Glaze Icing
1 pound powdered sugar
1/4 cup water
1/4 cup light corn syrup
1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
1 teaspoon white coloring gel optional


Royal Icing

  1. Mix the meringue powder into the powered sugar until thoroughly incorporated. (sifting not required)
  2. At the lowest setting of your mixer (using the paddle attachment), add in the combined water and flavorings. Depending on your preference, you can increase the vanilla to 2 teaspoons or add in an additional teaspoon of another flavoring, such as a lemon emulsion.
  3. Once the ingredients are full combined, turn the mixer to medium, whipping the icing just until it becomes fluffy and holds a firm peak.
  4. Move the royal icing into another bowl, and then cover the top of the bowl with a slightly damp kitchen towel.

NOTE: There is no need to clean the bowl and paddle attachment between making the two icings.

Sweet Glaze Icing

  1. Add all the ingredients to the bowl in the order listed so that the powdered sugar is on the bottom of the bowl.
  2. As with the royal icing (depending on your preference), you can increase the vanilla to 2 teaspoons or add in an additional teaspoon of another flavoring, such as a lemon emulsion.
  3. Beat at low speed (with the paddle attachment) until ingredients are combined.
  4. Turn the speed up to medium beating until the glaze is well blended and smooth like thick honey. (2 to 3 minutes–be sure to stop half-way through mixing to incorporate any powdered sugar remaining in the bottom of the bowl).

Combine Both Icings

  1. Add the royal icing back into the mixing bowl containing the Sweet Glaze Icing.
  2. Whip at low speed for 30 seconds and use a spatula to scrap down the sides and bottom of the bowl.
  3. Whip at low speed for another 30-60 seconds or until you can see that the two icings have become one beautiful bowl of thick fluffy icing.


5 thoughts on “Royal Icing (Sweet Hope Icing)”

  1. It would be nice if you linked my icing recipe to my Instagram account, BakingSweetHope. Thank you!

  2. I left my icing out for at least a week, is it still safe? I made a double batch and still have at least half of it.

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