Go Back

Chocolate Royal Icing Recipe


  • 177 mL (6 oz, 3/4 cup) of warm water
  • 38 g (1.3 oz or 5 Tablespoons)¬†Meringue Powder
  • 30 g (1.1 oz, 1/3 cup) cocoa powder* *Note: Use the best quality (your favorite) cocoa powder for best flavor.
  • 1 kg (2 lbs, 8 cups) powdered icing sugar *also known as confectioner's sugar


  • In mixer bowl, pour in the warm water and the meringue powder. Mix it with a whisk by hand until it is frothy and thickened‚Ķabout 30 seconds.
  • Sift the icing sugar and cocoa powder together. Give it a whisk to make sure the cocoa powder is incorporated fairly evenly.
  • Pour in all the icing sugar and cocoa powder at once and place the bowl on the mixer.
  • Using the paddle attachment on the LOWEST speed, mix slowly for a full 10 minutes. Icing will get thick and creamy.
  • Cover the bowl with a dampened tea-towel to prevent crusting and drying.
  • Tint with food colorings and/or thin the icing with small amounts of warm water to reach the desired consistency.