DISHES
by Mary Berry

Everyone's favourite baker Mary Berry gives you the lowdown on making the perfect royal icing.

Cakes and baking

Preparation

Royal icing needs to be used in conjunction with almond paste (marzipan) to achieve a perfectly flat finish. Elaborate decorative effects are then added using specialist decorating tools such as piping bags and nozzles. A good alternative is to lightly glaze dense fruit cakes with melted jam and arrange nuts over the surface.