Royal Icing Googly Eyes

How to make GOOGLY EYES with Royal Icing @createdbydiane.jpg

You know those googly eyes that you see on crafts that kids make,

they wiggle and giggle and move all around,

well these may not wiggle and giggle but they look like them in candy form. Like candy candy buttons, you remember those….

right? the paper stuck to the back of those cute colored button candy dots.

These are made out of royal icing, they are easy to make and the best part is you can make them ahead of time.

These are great to decorate cookies, cakes, and fun for any edible face.

I’ve made a few treats I’m going to share with you that used these royal icing googly eyes shortly and thought I’d share just how to make the eyes first.


royal icing

Begin by making stiff royal icing.

Royal Icing
  • 2 pounds powdered sugar
  • ⅓ cup + 1 tablespoon meringue powder
  • ¾ cup warm water
  • 1-2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  1. Mix powdered sugar and meringue powder on low for 1 minute until it's fully blended.
  2. Add water and extract and mix on low until it's mixed well.
  3. Then turn mixer on medium and beat until the icing is stiff, 8-10 minutes.
  4. Add water to thin to the consistency you need.
  5. You can store royal icing at room temperature or in the refrigerator for a few weeks.
  6. Whip it if it becomes separated.
Recipe from Sweet Sugarbelle
I use Americolor White food coloring and Americolor Very Black food coloring for these.

Thick Royal Icing

Then adjust how thin you need it by adding water to the desired consistency you would like to work with.

Adding drops of water and completely mixing before adding too much.

I use Americolor White food coloring and Americolor Very Black food coloring to create the colors.

Put the icing into piping bags or bottles fitted with coupler and round tip, I used a #2 for the white and a #1 for the black.


When piping the eyes, if you pipe them out like the photo above and they don’t lay smooth. They make peeks like chocolate chips, you will need to add a few drops of water and mix well until you pipe out the icing smooth.


Pipe the icing onto wax paper.

Allow the icing to dry completely before peeling it off the paper or they will crack.

I allow 12 hours for them to dry. I try to make any type of decoration like this a few days ahead so they are complete dried and I’m not fussing with them at the last minute for the project I’m working on.


GOOGLY eyes with royal icing @createdbydiane

The icing should look smooth and shiny when piped on to the paper.

Have both white and black icing ready to pipe as  you don’t want the white to set up too long before piping the black or the black icing won’t recess into the white and look smooth.

Stay tuned and I will have some posts up on what to use these googly eyes on!



More ideas for adding decorations to cupcakes are these Gingerbread Men and Pumpkins.


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  1. 6

    Holly says

    where did you get those bottles that the couplers screw on to??? I’ve never seen them before and I want them now :). Loving the googly eyes.

  2. 9

    Diane says

    I use Americolor food coloring. I used Americolor white to make the white, extra white and their Very Black to make the black frosting.


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