Vegan Royal Icing Recipe

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Yes, you can make vegan royal icing!  Royal icing is typically made with egg whites, but you can make an eggless royal icing by using aquafaba instead of egg whites.

Eggless royal icing on a beater with a text overlay reading "vegan royal icing."

Aquafaba in Vegan Royal Icing

What is aquafaba?  It's the liquid that comes in canned chickpeas.  Aquafaba can be used to replace eggs in vegan baking; use 3 Tablespoons in place of each egg.  The same ratio works brilliantly for making eggless royal icing, which is typically made with raw egg whites or meringue powder.

Bag of eggless royal icing made with aquafaba chickpea liquid on a wooden table.

I'm making gingerbread houses for my daughter's Woodcraft Folk scout group this week, and one of the scouts has an egg allergy.  I want every child to be as safe and involved as possible, so I decided to rework my gingerbread house recipe and royal icing recipe to make an eggless gingerbread house recipe and egg free royal icing recipe.

Ingredients for vegan royal icing on a marble surface.

Eggless Royal Icing Recipe

  • 2 pounds powdered sugar
  • 18 Tablespoons aquafaba (canned chickpea liquid)
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • 1/2 teaspoon cream of tartar

Chickpeas being drained to gather aquafaba to make vegan royal icing.

In this eggless royal icing recipe, egg whites are replaced with aquafaba, the liquid from a can of chickpeas.  The liquid actually looks a lot like egg whites--a similar consistency and color. 

Eggless royal icing made with aquafaba chickpea liquid.

Combine all ingredients in a large bowl and beat on high speed with a mixer.  It took over five minutes of beating at a high speed for this mixture to turn into a thick royal icing, perfect for the vegan gingerbread houses I was making.

Eggless royal icing being used to make a vegan gingerbread house.

If you've been beating the icing for over five minutes and still want it to be thicker, add more powdered sugar--about a half a cup at a time.

Eggless vegan royal icing being piped on a dark wooden surface.

I like my royal icing for gingerbread houses to be VERY thick, so I added about a cup of powdered sugar to my vegan royal icing to get the perfect consistency.  

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