Small Batch 15-Second Royal Icing

A small batch of royal icing with the consistency that is perfect for piping minor details onto macarons. 

Course Dessert
Cuisine American
Total Time 15 minutes
Author Mimi


  • 40 grams icing sugar
  • 1 tsp meringue powder
  • 3 tsp water
  • Small spray bottle filled with water
  • Gel food color of your choice


  1. Sift icing sugar and meringue powder into a mixing bowl.
  2. Add 1-2 tsp of water to the dry mixture and stir with a spatula to get the mixture going. If it's still lumpy, add another 1 tsp of water and stir again. 

  3. With the spray bottle, slowly spritz water onto the mixture until it reaches the proper consistency of a "15 second" icing. When a knife cuts through the icing, it will take 15 second for the cut to disappear. 

  4. If it's still too thick, spritz more water. If it's too runny, add more icing sugar. 

  5. Optional: Split up the icing and add gel food color to the mixture and mix gently until fully incorporated. 

  6. Place in a piping bag and seal the ends so the icing doesn't dry out.