Photography: Patricia Heal

Source: Martha Stewart Living Special Issues, 2001

Ingredients

  • 2 lbs confectioners' sugar, plus more if needed
  • 2/3 cup water, plus more if needed
  • 1/2 cup plus 2 tablespoons meringue powder
  • Gel-paste food coloring

Directions

  1. Mix sugar, water, and meringue powder with a mixer on low speed until smooth, about 7 minutes. Icing should be the consistency of glue. (If icing is too thick, mix in a little more water. If icing is too thin, add more confectioners' sugar). Divide icing and work in batches. Add food coloring, 1 drop at a time, until desired color is achieved; Use immediately.

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