How to Flood Cookies with Royal Icing

You all have been there when you tap on your phone to order cake online from your favorite bakery. Ever tried baking those tiny little delicious munchkins cookies? Have you ever wondered how bakeries get that shiny, smooth, exquisite icing on cookies? They are cute and can look really difficult. But here's a secret: They're not complicated at all. In fact, this smooth icing recipe is simple to make and easy to use. This cut out is perfect for decorating cookies.

royal icing cake designs

What is Royal Icing?

You all must have heard of royal icing cake. Royal Icing Powder is a mixture of sugar, meringue powder and water. The trick is getting the right consistency. It hardens quickly and creates a glossy, smooth consistency that's perfect for beautifully cut-out decorated sugar cookies. Royal icing can turn regular sugar cookies into little works of art! Sleek and shiny, Royal Icing and Flood Icing are really simple to make and decorate too.

Once you've outlined your cookies with the outline of your royal icing, you'll "flood" your designs with icing. Flood icing is basically just a watered-down royal icing (watered to uniformity, not flavor). It gives your cookies a beautiful, smooth texture. Here’s how to flood cookies with royal icing!

This blog covers everything you ever needed to know about Royal Icing, including how to make Royal Icing from scratch, how to make the right icing for cookies and more! You can even try this royal icing recipe for cakes!

What you need!

• Sugar Cookies

• Royal Icing in Piping and Flooding Consistency

• small round piping tip

• piping bag

• toothpick or cocktail stick

• cookie icing bottle (optional)

• Piping Bag Stand (optional)


• Pipe the outline of the cookie. Let it dry for a few minutes before flooding it with runny icing.

• Take a bottle filled with running royal icing. Start piping from the outside and work your way down the middle. Be careful not to overflow the cookie. If any air bubbles appear, use a pin to punch them out.

• Fill the cookie icing bottle with your flooding consistency icing. If you don't have an icing bottle, you can use a piping bag with a slightly larger rounded end.

• Pipe within the outline of your cookie so that it fills roughly

• Use a toothpick, in small circular motions, quickly spread the floating icing over the entire cookie until it meets the piped outline.

• When the cookie is completely filled with the icing, tap it gently on your workspace to lift any air bubbles to the surface. Pop them with your toothpick.

• After icing your cookies, allow cookies to cool down at room temperature for at least 12 hours before you store them.

Tips to remember

• While it's best to use fresh Royal Icing for cookies, you can store egg whites in the refrigerator for up to a week. But it should be covered with a damp towel to avoid drying and hardening. Meringue Powder Royal Icing can last up to a month if kept in the refrigerator.

• If it's not the right consistency for your liking, add a little water, a little bit at a time (you can always add more but you can't take it away). I like to use a small bottle of spice to drip off the water slowly. You can also use a spray bottle to make sure you don't add too much water too quickly.

So, don your hat and start baking. You can even order your favorite cake or cookie online whether birthday cake delivery or anniversary cake. Whether you are vegetarian or non-vegetarian. There are bakeries online offering eggless cakes and cookies online.