Coating a cake in royal icing Video Demonstration

  • Published on Jun 19, 2011
  • Ceri. D will demonstrate the method he uses to get a sharp clean coating in royal icing on his cakes.
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Comments • 200

  • Denese Stanley
    Denese Stanley 2 months ago

    Thank you

  • Prudence Biaka
    Prudence Biaka 4 months ago

    please what do you coat the cake with before putting the royal icing

    • Ceri Griffiths
      Ceri Griffiths  3 months ago

      Its normally a fruit cake, with a thin brushing of apricot jam and then covered in marzipan before adding the royal icing.

  • Lisa Sanchez
    Lisa Sanchez 4 months ago

    how did you dry the frosting for 24 hours? did you store it in the frig?

  • Amy Torres
    Amy Torres 5 months ago

    Can anyone tell me what is the best way of cutting a cake covered in royal icing?

  • Rita Bhudial
    Rita Bhudial 6 months ago

    Thank u

  • Mountain Girl
    Mountain Girl 6 months ago

    That was great! I'm not really sure why I started watching this video but it really relaxed me. I think it was your soft voice 😊

  • Matina Jazmine
    Matina Jazmine 8 months ago

    How long will it last and should I put it in the fridge ?

    GLORIA ISIANI 9 months ago

    Pls do they coat the cake first with buttercream before d Royal icing??
    Just like fondant cake??

      GLORIA ISIANI 9 months ago

      @@Angie's Bikkles so it just to place d Royal icing directly on d cake???

    • Angie's Bikkles
      Angie's Bikkles 9 months ago

      No royal icing isn't combatible with the butter/grease from the buttercream.

  • MrsDarcyfans
    MrsDarcyfans 10 months ago +1

    How in the world do you cut through three layers of rock hard royal icing when you are serving it? Do people actually eat the hard icing?

    • Redbird
      Redbird 7 months ago

      It ain't that hard. It's not like sheet rock or something. It's healthier than nasty butter cream.

    • Ezra Hurtault
      Ezra Hurtault 9 months ago +2

      Royal icing is the best tasting icing on cake. it is delicious and cuts perfectly with any knife. not hard at all.

    • Stuart Mayes
      Stuart Mayes 10 months ago

      MrsDarcyfans That's not too far from the truth!

    • MrsDarcyfans
      MrsDarcyfans 10 months ago +1

      Stuart Mayes haha that’s funny, I’m imagining a chainsaw in the kitchen

    • Stuart Mayes
      Stuart Mayes 10 months ago +1

      MrsDarcyfans - when I was a waiter at weddings (in the 80s and 90s) I noticed that many people, especially the children and older guests, would break the royal icing in to smaller pieces and suck it like a hard/boiled sweet. Also the cake was usually cut into pieces by the chef/kitchen staff well out of sight of the guests as it required a less than elegant sawing action with a large knife. The newly weds posed for a photo both holding a fine decorated silver knife resting on the icing as if they were about to cut in to it (there was no chance that that knife would 'cut it)!

  • Nakaye Philis
    Nakaye Philis 11 months ago

    l love yo videos

  • monica queen
    monica queen Year ago

    Indeed I love what you are doing and how you are doing it but I want to know what and what is required to prepare icing and how to do it

  • Haitham Shein
    Haitham Shein Year ago

    Is that a royal icing or butter cream icing ?

  • Vipra Patangia
    Vipra Patangia Year ago

    How do u even cut it .. it becomes hard right

  • Adeniji Fisayo Ceciliah

    Thank you for this but still I need to get my instruments

  • Reace McDonnell
    Reace McDonnell Year ago

    That was so satisfying to watch...

  • Temitope Maria
    Temitope Maria Year ago

    please I need the picture of cake with blue and black colour decorations

  • Joe Bush
    Joe Bush Year ago

    What did you for the icing

  • muna falah
    muna falah Year ago

    How about cutting a cake covered with royal icing.. Will it be easy?? As i can see it's getting very solid

  • Timileyin Tinuke
    Timileyin Tinuke Year ago +2

    what was that first covering was it fondant? I love your method but the issue of waiting for 24 hours before coating though

    • Angie's Bikkles
      Angie's Bikkles 9 months ago

      Similar to fondant but made with almond paste, powdered sugar and egg yolks. Very delicious when applied to fruit cakes or plum pudding prior to addind royal icing.

    • Angie's Bikkles
      Angie's Bikkles 9 months ago


  • Anselma Elie
    Anselma Elie Year ago

    Best step learning ever.thank you.

  • Linda Semper
    Linda Semper Year ago

    Lovely indeed well explain. You really took your time. Very clean work

  • Chef Michael Griffin

    Did you need to let the marzipan dry for a day or two before icing

    • Stefanie A. Heiniger
      Stefanie A. Heiniger Year ago

      Hi, yes you would. At least thats what i was taught in my christmas cake class i did. Then you can coat with medium of your choice. However royal icing seems to take a longer time than working with fondant

  • Shelley Berry
    Shelley Berry Year ago

    Loved watching thanks.

  • Anne Ledger
    Anne Ledger Year ago

    Brilliant video -very clear to follow🙂

  • maleka58
    maleka58 2 years ago

    Brilliant. Thanks for posting 🎂🎂🎂

  • Gricelda Leon
    Gricelda Leon 2 years ago

    How to you insert the center wooden dowel to hold a multi-tier wedding cake? My concern is the icing which has hardened would crack.

  • Gricelda Leon
    Gricelda Leon 2 years ago

    Can you please post the recipe for this royal icing?

  • Taina Baker
    Taina Baker 2 years ago

    If you are covering the cake with royal icing Do you have to cover it with Marzapan first? Can you just crum coat first with reg icing then cover with royal icing?

  • Hayley Ann Jonsson
    Hayley Ann Jonsson 3 years ago +1

    Does anyone know anything about stacking Royal iced tiers? Thankssss

  • Jannat Alam
    Jannat Alam 3 years ago +2

    Do we have to coat the cake in marzipan before putting on royal icing? Also, instead of waiting overnight for the side to set, couldn't we outline and flood the top with a lower consistency royal icing? Thank you so much for this video! Really helped me out!!

  • Creative Inspirations
    Creative Inspirations 3 years ago

    5 Years to the day since this was uploaded

  • Caroline Maynard
    Caroline Maynard 3 years ago +1

    hi. can have the recipe for the royal icing. I cant seeem to get a good consistancy

  • Yhanz14 Smith
    Yhanz14 Smith 3 years ago

    Hey, can you make video for sharp edge royal icing coating?the soft dried royal icing...not the hard rock ...
    Hard rock royal icing cant be applicaple to coat a cake..its only for decors like flower making :/ hmm

  • Yhanz14 Smith
    Yhanz14 Smith 3 years ago +10

    You can use egg whites intead of meringue powder..but u need to add pinch of salt and cream of tartar..
    Then for soft drying royal can use glycerin :)

    • Robin Griffin
      Robin Griffin 3 months ago

      Is the cake edible when you use royal icing to cover it? Isn't it hard in terms of the texture?

    • Angie's Bikkles
      Angie's Bikkles 9 months ago

      You can add lemon juice , almond essence to egg whites instead of cream of tartar and you will get an absolutely delicious royal icing.

    • Alejandro Medina
      Alejandro Medina Year ago

      Hello 😊
      Do you have a Royal icing recipe with glycerin??

    DAVID SHERLOCK 3 years ago

    Thank you for sharing your tutorial. I found it very helpful indeed.

  • Monica Khoo
    Monica Khoo 3 years ago +5

    Hi, that was awesome clear explanation for covering a cake with Royal icing!
    Besides marzipan, is there any other good medium which works well under a Royal icing coating? Say, for example, a ganache, or buttercream frosting under the Royal icing coating? Thanks very much I advance! :-)

  • periwinkle pony
    periwinkle pony 3 years ago +1

    Thank you for sharing your expertise, Chef.

  • Janice Dixon
    Janice Dixon 3 years ago

    Really got demonstration.

  • Ayesha Firdaus
    Ayesha Firdaus 3 years ago +4

    Man! Stop chit-chatting paleeeasee!

    • A Girl Has No Name
      A Girl Has No Name Year ago

      Ayesha Firdaus
      *TUTORIALS* generally have *chit•chatting* 🤷🏻‍♀️

  • chemika ela
    chemika ela 3 years ago +2

    isn't it like too hard to eat? or it is just for decoration purposes?

  • Samia Adil
    Samia Adil 3 years ago

    what if we donot have meringue powder for royal icing

  • HeroOfHyrule97
    HeroOfHyrule97 3 years ago

    Ive never wanted to bite into a cake so badly while watching a video

  • Theresa Cliffords
    Theresa Cliffords 4 years ago

    after usingn the royal icing can i still use fondant

    • Gabriela Dobozy
      Gabriela Dobozy 3 years ago +1

      +Theresa Cliffords No need to use, it would defy the purpose, actually the cake can be covered first with fondant and then royal icing applied. You should always add a little glycerine to the royal icing, otherwise it will be rock hard, but careful how much you add, about 3 tablespoons to a 500G royal icing mix

  • Pearl Lowe
    Pearl Lowe 4 years ago +1

    You are a super patient man! God bless you!

  • Catherine Connelly
    Catherine Connelly 4 years ago

    Amazing! said in such a brilliant concise manner. This guy is so generous to put this out on you tube x

  • Peniel Pastelería
    Peniel Pastelería 4 years ago

    please cake recipe

  • szqsk8
    szqsk8 4 years ago

    Do you have to coat the cake with marzipan first to use Royal icing?

  • Lateecia Williams
    Lateecia Williams 4 years ago

    When he was scrubbing it ,it sounded like it was hard

  • Naila Maharaj
    Naila Maharaj 4 years ago

    can i use anything for the base coat other than marzipan? Would buttercream work?

  • Adrienne McMillan
    Adrienne McMillan 4 years ago +5

    Wow, I've never heard of covering a cake in royal icing!

  • Lourdes Vasquez
    Lourdes Vasquez 4 years ago

    cual es la receta del royal icing? para bañar el cake

  • Queen Cleo
    Queen Cleo 4 years ago +1

    Thanks for sharing your techniques... a really great tutorial!

  • Juliet Anyanwu
    Juliet Anyanwu 4 years ago


  • Designs By Sher
    Designs By Sher 4 years ago +9

    If that is royal icing, wouldn't the cake be hard to cut and crunchy?

    • Danielle Paterson
      Danielle Paterson 2 years ago +3

      U add glycerin to ur top coat, royal icing has 2 coats bottom is hard to obtain shape and the top coat has added glycerin to soften the icing - college cake decorator 😊

    • Gricelda Leon
      Gricelda Leon 2 years ago

      Alma Marques do you mean you add the glycerin WHILE making the royal icing OR before you cut (which means the icing has hardened)?

    • Alma Marques
      Alma Marques 3 years ago +6

      Not if u add a few drops of glycerin. ...I've been doing that for over thirty years now, whenever i am using Royal icing ....

    • Dawn Lueders
      Dawn Lueders 3 years ago +1

      +Catherine Connelly But I've seen Birthday cakes made this way as well. Seriously...does it crunch and fall apart during the cutting? P.S. LOVE Downton Abbey, always looking at the baked confections.

    • Catherine Connelly
      Catherine Connelly 4 years ago +3

      +SHER Its a traditional way of preserving wedding cakes (top tier Christening cakes for the year after the wedding lol)
      The icing prevents moulds etc from getting into the cake and is key in the Lambeth Method which is coming back in style thanks to Wills & Kate and Downton Abbey

  • Alicia Qualls
    Alicia Qualls 4 years ago

    they make it look so easy

  • Carolyn Owens
    Carolyn Owens 4 years ago +1

    when you say leave out for 24 hours do you leave out on table or refrigerator?

    • Gabriela Dobozy
      Gabriela Dobozy 3 years ago +1

      +Carolyn Owens, it would be at room temperature, but if the room is humid, the aircon should be switched on

  • Wong Fu
    Wong Fu 4 years ago

    very useful n thanks for sharing your techniques

  • koskaloca
    koskaloca 4 years ago

    You are brilliant, I love your explanation and demonstration, I am a hobby baker =) and need to learn a lot, happy to find your channel, I subscribe already =)=)=)

  • Mai Luu
    Mai Luu 4 years ago

    Oh my gosh! This was made on my 4th birthday. That's the 1st reason why I like it, and the, 2nd reason is that you took your time and made the plain cake into a masterpiece! Excellent work!

  • Steve Kuss
    Steve Kuss 4 years ago

    I love your turn table. Is it homemade or bought? And wouldn't a cake covered in royal icing be very hard and crunchy?