Can You Freeze Royal Icing?


Quick Answer: Can You Freeze Royal Icing? 

Yes, you can freeze royal icing, and it can last in the freezer for 2 to 3 months. You can portion them beforehand and even freeze them with colors mixed in. The key is to store them in freezer-safe air-tight containers or Ziploc bags, thoroughly protected from being exposed to air or freezer burns. 

If you are looking to freeze royal icing for the long term, here is the most comprehensive guide to show you how. 

I have found these methods and tips to work like a charm. 

So, let’s dive right into it.

How to Freeze Royal Icing?

How to Freeze Royal Icing?

Prep Time: 5 minutes
Total Time: 5 minutes

This is the most recommended method of freezing royal icing, whether it is leftovers or a prep batch for later. 


  • Royal Icing
  • Parchment Paper


  • Freezer-Safe Air-Tight Container


    1. Prep and Portion: Once you have made the royal icing (plain or ones with color), portion them into measures that you can easily use in one go.

    2. Pack and Seal: Transfer the portioned royal icing into the freezer-safe air-tight container. Then place a sheet of parchment paper on the icing, making sure to let the sheet touch the surface of the icing. Then seal the container.

    3. Label and Freeze: Add a label on the container with the best before date, and you are all set to freeze the royal icing till you need it next.

      To get a clearer picture, check out this tutorial by “DIY Craft Club” on YouTube -

How Long Can You Freeze Royal Icing? 

You can freeze royal icing for 2 to 3 months. Although you could freeze it for long, the texture and quality of the royal icing will deteriorate the longer it stays in the freezer. So, it is best to use it sooner rather than later.

The key to freezing royal icing for long is to make sure that it is kept in a thoroughly air-tight container.

Exposure to air or freezer burns can affect the texture of the royal icing once it thaws. 

How to Store Frozen Royal Icing? 

You can store frozen royal icing in any freezer-safe air-tight container or Ziploc bag. The key is to portion the icing beforehand and is thoroughly protected from freezer burns.

Also, make sure to place a parchment sheet over the icing to stop the top layer from crusting.

When opting for containers, glass or stainless-steel containers are your best bet.

This is because it will be much more cumbersome to clean up a plastic container because of the greasiness of the royal icing.

If you are pressed for freezer space, the Ziploc bags are the best option to go for.

This way, you can portion and pack the royal icing into flat sheets that you can stack over each other and store compactly. 

How to Defrost Royal Icing? 

The best way to defrost royal icing is to leave the portion you need in the fridge for a couple of hours or overnight and let it thaw gradually. 

You can leave it on the counter to bring it to room temperature before you whip it up to the right consistency.

If the icing is too runny, you can fix it with some sugar, and if it is too thick, a few drops of water will do the trick.

Once it thaws, you should use the royal icing within a couple of days. If you don’t plan to use it right away, it is best to leave it in the fridge till you need it.

Can You Refreeze Royal Icing? 

Although you could safely refreeze royal icing, it is best recommended not to.

The repeated freezing and thawing will only increase the chances of the icing spoiling faster and losing its smooth texture. So, it is best to consume it in one go once you thaw it.

To avoid having to refreeze or waste the royal icing, you can portion them beforehand. Divide the royal icing into small portions that you can easily consume in one.

And if you plan to make separate color batches, make them beforehand and store them separately.

Does Royal Icing Freeze Well? 

Yes, royal icing freezes well and is a great way to make some beforehand and get some prep out of the way.

Royal icing can last in the fridge for only 2 to 3 days. Beyond this period, it is best to freeze the icing. 

But that being said, it is best to use frozen royal icing sooner rather than later because the texture of the icing can change over time with crystals forming in the mix. 

It is also better to store small royal icing decorations in a cool, dry, and dark place, rather than in the freezer because it has a pretty good shelf-life of a month or so.


Can you freeze cookies with royal icing on them? 

Yes, you can freeze cookies with royal icing on them. Once the icing has completely set on the cookies, you can pack them into freezer-safe air-tight containers. To give the cookies added protection (and make it easier to separate them), you can wrap each cookie in parchment paper before freezing.

Can you freeze royal icing flowers or decorations? 

Although you can freeze royal icing flowers or decorations, there are chances that the thawing process can affect its texture. The moisture and condensation can make the icing shiny and soft in texture.

But the best part about the decorations is that they have a long shelf-life without having to freeze them.

Bottom Line 

I hope this article has helped you figure out all you need to know about freezing royal icing. 

If you have any more doubts or would like to share some freezing tips and tricks of your own, it would be lovely to hear from you. 

Feel free to share this article with all your friends and loved ones who love their sweet treats. 

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About Karen Wilson

Karen is a foodie to the core. She loves any variety of food - spicy or junk! Her slender body and height are deceiving, as she enjoys eating hearty meals that would leave most people gasping for air. She has an appetite for life, and wants everyone around her to share in it too.

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