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Topic: Alternative to Royal Icing?
BeaHoney 11/30/2011 12:17 PM
I was just wondering if you knew of a low sugar alternative to Royal Icing? I need something that hardens like Royal icing, but does not have loads of sugar or artificial ingredients. Do you think I could do something with cornstarch or instant potato flakes?
sweetgrandma 11/30/2011 1:01 PM
Welcome beahoney!
I've never tried those things but if you do and it's successful let us know!
BeaHoney 11/30/2011 1:19 PM
Thank-you Sweetgrandma! I have posted on a couple of forums and have put out a note to a couple of friends on Facebook that bake. I will let you know what I find out from them or by trial and error.
bunnywoman 11/30/2011 1:55 PM
What are you trying to do? What is your project at hand?

........when you said "instant potato flakes" you had me curious.

BeaHoney 11/30/2011 1:59 PM
I'm decorating gingerbread-type cookies. I need something that hold's it's shape when piped and dries hard, and doesn't have all the sugar of Royal Icing.
trybaking06 11/30/2011 3:24 PM
I would think there would be something out there. Someone posted a link to a site that had organic food coloring because someone was allergic to something in regular food coloring. Maybe that site has an allternative to royal icing. Does anyone remember this? I will try to find the forum.
kandeel 11/30/2011 4:59 PM
candy melts or chocolate bark might be good!
bunnywoman 11/30/2011 5:41 PM
Well sad to say, I have never heard of an icing (for what you want to attempt for your project at hand anyway) that doesn't contain at least 2 pounds of powdered sugar.

Royal icing, Alice's Modified Royal, Marshmallow fondant, Rolled buttercream, poured sugar icing, glace icing......all will work nicely to decorate cookies like you want BUT they all contain allot of sugar.

Would a sugar substitute work for you? Like Splenda or Truvia? Now I am gonna say this first: "I have never tried this myself..... but how about trying one of the above mentioned frostings and add the Splenda/Truvia and see if it works?

becamico 12/01/2011 4:18 AM
I can't see using cornstarch or potato flakes...that doesn't seem to me like either would taste very good.

You have me curious though Bunny, if splenda would work. I may have to give that a go myself!
MaBakes 12/01/2011 6:36 AM
Sugar Free Icing
Powered Sugar Replacement:
2 cups of nonfat dry milk powder
2 cups of cornstartch
1 cup of granulated sugar replacement

Place all the ingredients in a food processor or blender. Whip until well blended and powdered.
Use in the following recipe.

1/4 cup vegetable shortening
1/2 tsp clear vanilla
3/4 cup of powdered sugar replacement from above
1 tablespoon milk

Cream together shortening and vanilla until light and fluffy. Stir in powdered sugar replacement & milk until mixture is well blended. Adjust stiffness to suit. Makes 1/2 cup.

** This is not my recipe and I don't know where I got it to give credit to. I think from someone called FoodGuy,but not sure. I some times add a drop of butter flavor and no more as it is too strong.