How to add meringue powder to buttercream to make a crust

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How to add meringue powder to buttercream to make a crust
Meringue powder adds a hard crust to buttercream icing. (loooby/iStock/Getty Images)

Meringue powder is often used to stabilise and add a crust to buttercream icing. This basically means when you touch it, the icing will not stick to your finger. Meringue powder is a fine white powder that you can buy from the baking aisle of supermarkets. It is primarily made up of sugar, salt, gum and egg whites.

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Things you need

  • 750 ml (3 cups) buttercream mixture
  • 30 ml (2 tbsp) meringue powder
  • 15 ml (1 tbsp) water

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  1. 1

    Mix the buttercream mixture with the meringue powder.

  2. 2

    Stir by hand for 30 to 45 seconds until you get a stiff consistency. Avoid over-mixing the icing.

  3. 3

    Add the water to the mixture to create a stiff or crust-like consistency. Mix by hand. You can use this icing consistency for making buttercream roses or decorations.

  4. 4

    Add 7 ml (1/2 tbsp) of water instead of the full amount for a thinner consistency. The more water you add, the thinner your icing will be. Use this consistency for creating borders, leaves, writing or just for general icing purposes.

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