royal icing

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English[edit]

Etymology[edit]

The designation "royal" was added after the icing was used on the large, elaborate cake made for Queen Victoria's wedding to Prince Albert in 1840;[1] the style of icing itself is older.

Noun[edit]

royal icing

  1. (cooking) An icing made from beaten egg whites and powdered sugar, used for decorating.

References[edit]

  1. ^ The Oxford Companion to Sugar and Sweets (2015, ISBN 019931361X), page 781: At Queen Victoria's wedding to Prince Albert in 1840, white icing decorated the cake; this icing has been known as “royal icing” ever since.