Fiiiiinally I’ve got this recipe posted for you all! Thanks for your patience, and sorry for the delay – but I think you’ll find it worth it!
This is my version of a vegan aquafaba royal icing. It dries hard and is suitable to decorate my no-chill, no-spread, vegan rolled sugar cookies with, can hold together a gingerbread house, can be used to decorate cake, can be painted on with edible paints or gel colors mixed with strong alcohol, and is easily colored, flavored, and manipulated to suit your needs (as I’ll get into in a later post).
Scroll down to get the recipe or just take a look at the video here if you prefer that method:
Some gorgeous cookies I made with royal icing for a baby shower; these were actually colored with homemade Skittles vodka!
So here are the things you’ll need:
One can of garbanzo beans
Vegan powdered/confectioner’s sugar
Vinegar, lemon juice, or cream of tartar
Water or lemon juice
Gel or powdered food coloring, if using
The method is really quite simple:
1. Drain (and keep!) the water from your garbanzo beans. This is known as “aquafaba” and is our egg white substitute in this recipe. Put the beans away for something else.
2. Add about 1/4 cup of the aquafaba to your mixing bowl. The rest can be put into the fridge for up to a week or the freezer for three months.
3. Add about 1 tsp of vinegar (or a 1/8 tsp cream of tartar or 1 tsp lemon juice if you don’t have it) and the aquafaba and mix with a whisk attachment (you’ll see in my photos I have the paddle attachment connected – these photos are from before I knew better) just until frothy.
4. Add about a pound of powdered (confectioner’s) sugar to the bowl, and mix on low until incorporated.
5. Stop the mixer and add in another few cups of sugar, and mix on low until incorporated. Add more powdered sugar to the bowl a cup at a time, mixing on low between additions, until the mixture is about the consistency of school glue. Add in your 1 tsp of vanilla and white gel coloring at this stage.
6. Turn your mixer on medium high and let it go for about 8 minutes. You’ll end up with the perfect stiff consistency royal icing for piping words and fine details.
7. Thin your royal icing with water or fresh lemon juice (my favorite) to desired consistency. Thicken it with powdered sugar if you need to pipe flowers, use stencils, or glue gingerbread. You can also add any gel or powdered food color at this stage. I’ll add another post later getting more into coloring and consistencies, so be on the lookout for that.
That’s it! It’s that easy! You can keep the prepared icing at room temperature in a sealed container or bag for up to a week, in the fridge for a month, or in the freezer for pretty much forever. Just make sure to stir it well before you use as the water will start to separate from the marshmallow fluff you’ve created.
This recipe will make AT LEAST a couple dozen cookies’ worth of icing. Us cookiers are always making too much icing because we really have no idea how many cookies it covers. Lol.
Have fun and please share your creations with me on Facebook!
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Vegan Royal Icing
An eggless royal icing made with aquafaba. It can be used in all the same ways as tradition egg white royal, including decorating cookies, gluing gingerbread houses, decorating cakes, and making sprinkles and royal icing transfers.
- 1/4 cup ish Aquafaba (the cooking or canned liquid from beans; I prefer garbanzo)
- 2 lbs ish Powdered/Confectioner’s Sugar
- 1 tsp ish Vinegar (may be substituted with cream of tartar or lemon juice)
- 1 tsp ish Vanilla (I use clear for bright white icing, but you can use natural)
- 1.5 tsp ish Gel or Powdered Food Coloring (optional, though I always add AmeriColor Bright White to mine)
- Water or Lemon Juice to thin prepared icing
Add about a teaspoon of vinegar to your mixing bowl
Pour in about a 1/4 cup of aquafaba
Mix on medium to high speed with a whisk attachment just until the top of your aquafaba is frothy/foamy
Turn off the mixer and add in about a pound of your powdered sugar (half a standard sized bag)
Turn the mixer on low until the sugar is mostly incorporated into the aquafaba
Turn the mixer off and add half of what’s remaining of your powdered sugar
Turn the mixer on low until everything is incorporated
Turn the mixer off and lift the whisk to check the consistency of your icing. We are trying to get a school-glue type consistency. If it’s not there yet, add more powdered sugar about a cup at a time until you achieve it
Once you achieve the school-glue consistency, add about a teaspoon of vanilla and a teaspoon and a half of white gel coloring (if you’re using it)
Turn the mixer up to medium-high speed and let it go for about eight minutes
After eight minutes or so, turn the mixer off. You should have nice, stiff royal icing! It’s perfect for coloring and thinning out to decorate cookies or thickening up for flowers, or using as is for writing and other fine detail work.
Store the icing in an airtight container right away – it dries out very quickly – at room temperature for up to a week, in the fridge for a month, or the freezer for pretty much as long as you want
Find a video tutorial on our YouTube channel!