Royal icing makes common baked goods fit for a queen

Convectional Wisdom

DARN CUTE—Snowflake cookies decorated with royal icing bring flavor to any gathering. Courtesy photo

Culinary legend says that royal icing got its name in 1840 when it was used to decorate the wedding cake of the United Kingdom’s Queen Victoria and Prince Albert.

Although the earliest reference to “egg white icing” dates back as far as the 1600s, it was Queen Victoria’s 300-pound game-changer wedding cake, with its sculpted sugar topper and ornate floral decor, that supposedly elevated the...

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