Vegan Royal Icing Recipe (2024)

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By Carine Claudepierre
Published on 11/23/2021 - Last updated on 11/07/2023

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An easy 3-ingredient Vegan Royal Icing recipe for piping onto cookies or pound cakes and adding a delicious white, sweet glaze to food.

Bonus, this vegan icing recipe is not only egg-free but also gluten-free.

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Royal icing is the best part of baking. It’s sweet with a pure white shiny color that makes any vegan cake, vegan muffin, or vegan cookie beautiful.

Here I am sharing my tips to make a simple royal icing without meringue powder and minimal ingredients.

Is Royal Icing Vegan?

No, the classic royal icing recipe is made of meringue powder, a ready-made mix of cornstarch and dried egg white.

How To Make Vegan Royal Icing

It’s so easy to make a vegan royal icing at home, using some of your most basic pantry ingredients. Then there are two ways to make the icing.

  • Icing to glaze cakes and pound cakes – this is the runnier version.
  • Icing for piping onto cookies – this is a thicker version.

Below I will share all my tips to create the best vegan icing for cookies or cakes.

Ingredients

To make both versions of this egg-free royal icing, you need 3-ingredients:

  • Icing sugar that’s the regular powder sugar you also use for vegan frosting.
  • Vanilla extract – this is optional, only for flavor. You can also use lemon juice instead.
  • Gel food coloring drops – optional too, but if you want to add color to your icing, use gel food coloring instead of liquid food coloring that dilutes icing.
  • Soy cream – this acts as an egg replacer in the recipe. Soy cream, like Alpro, contains added gums that make the royal icing thicker than regular almond milk. While some plant-based milk also contains gums, they don’t contain much of it, or most of the time don’t have any, and they don’t make icing thick as soy cream.

Mix ingredients

To make your vegan royal icing, stir the icing sugar, soy cream, and vanilla extract together until a thick white icing forms.

If the icing is too runny, add more powder sugar. If too thick, thin out with more soy cream.

Add some color

This is optional, but icing colors are fun! To make different colors, you can split the batch of this vegan royal icing recipe into small bowls and add 3-4 drops of gel food coloring.

Stir to combine, and if the coloring makes the icing too liquid, add a pinch more icing sugar to balance and reach the right texture.

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Option 1: Drizzling On Top Of Cakes Or Muffins

You can use this royal icing immediately if you simply want to drizzle on top of muffins, as I do on my pumpkin banana muffin or vegan lemon pound cake, using a spoon.

The icing is slightly runny and perfect if used at room temperature but too runny for a piping bag.

Option 2: Piping The Icing

If you want to use this royal icing in a piping bag to decorate my vegan gingerbread cookies, for example, then you must:

  • Add 1/4cup more icing sugar.
  • Refrigerate the batch of royal icing for 1 hour in a mixing bowl covered with plastic wrap, making sure the plastic touches the icing to prevent the top of the icing from forming a crust.

Then, fill a piping bag and use it to decorate:

  • Vegan Gingerbread Cookies
  • Gingerbread House
  • Lemon Almond Flour Cookies
  • Shortbread Cookies
  • Oat Flour Sugar Cookies
  • 3-Ingredient Almond Flour Sugar Cookies

Frequently Asked Questions

Can I Swap Soy Cream For Something Else?

You can use a combination of 3 tablespoons of plant-based milk and 2 tablespoons of corn syrup instead.

My Icing Is Too Runny, What Can I Do?

This happens if you didn’t add enough icing sugar. Icing sugar is light and volatile and often difficult to measure precisely with a measuring cup.
To fix your icing, add more icing sugar, one tablespoon at a time, until it reaches your favorite texture. Don’t forget to store the icing for 1 hour in the fridge in a bowl covered with a piece of plastic wrap. Cold vegan icing thickens better and is easier to pip.

My Icing Isn’t Hardening, Can I Save It?

If it’s hot where you live, the icing can take hours to dry out at room temperature.
The best is to pop the decorated food in the fridge for 20 minutes to set the royal icing faster.

Vegan Recipes To Frost With This Icing

Below I listed my favorite cookie recipe that you can frost with this vegan royal icing.

Almond Flour Lemon Cookies

Vegan Lemon Pound Cake

Vegan Gingerbread Cookies

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Vegan Royal Icing

An easy 3-Ingredient Egg-free Royal Icing for glazing muffins, cakes, or decorating cookies with a piping bag.

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Prep Time: 10 minutes mins

Total Time: 10 minutes mins

Course: Dessert

Cuisine: vegan

Servings: 1 batch (2.5 cups)

Calories: 42.5 kcal

Author: Carine Claudepierre

4.99 from 67 votes

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Instructions

  • In a large mixing bowl, add the 2 cups of icing sugar – make sure you sweep the top for precision.

  • Stir in soy cream, vanilla extract until it forms a thick white paste. Divide the batch into small bowls and add 3-4 drops of gel food colorings to make different icing colors.

For glazing

  • You can use this icing immediately on top of muffins or pound cakes.

  • To pipe on cookies, add more icing sugar to make the royal icing thicker, and store in the fridge for 1 hour in a bowl sealed on top with a piece of plastic wrap – wrap must touch the icing to avoid the icing to crust on top.

  • Then, fill a piping bag with the cold icing and ice cookies.

  • Place the cookies in the fridge to set the icing fast.

Troubleshooting

  • If the icing is too runny or too wet, add more icing sugar 1 tablespoon at a time until it reaches your favorite texture. If too thick, stir in more soy cream 1 teaspoon at a time.

Notes

Soy cream swap: you can mix 3 tablespoons of unsweetened plant-based milk and 2 tablespoons of corn syrup to replace soy cream. If both don’t combine well, microwave the mix for 20 seconds, stir to combine, and stir in the mixing bowl with the remaining ingredients.

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Nutrition

Serving: 0.25cup | Calories: 42.5kcal | Carbohydrates: 103.5g | Protein: 0.3g | Fat: 2.9g | Saturated Fat: 0.6g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 0.1g | Monounsaturated Fat: 2.2g | Sodium: 23.4mg | Potassium: 57.7mg | Sugar: 3.5g | Vitamin A: 4.4IU | Calcium: 2.7mg | Iron: 0.1mg | Magnesium: 0.1mg | Phosphorus: 19mg | Zinc: 0.1mg

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Hi, I'm Carine, the food blogger, author, recipe developer, photographer, and published author of a cookbook and founder of The Conscious Plant Kitchen with my husband Damien.Learn more about us.

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