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Cake Decorating: Icing Recipe

Updated on January 2, 2011

Cake Decorating: Icing Recipe

Thinking of trying to bake on your own but don’t know how to even make icing? Well, here are short and easy ways to make basic variations of icing. Most of the ingredients here can be found in your kitchen or in the a store nearby.

Vanilla Icing

2 cups powdered sugar (sifted)
4 tbsp. melted butter

4 tbsp. milk
1 tsp vanilla extract

What to do:

Mix all the ingredients in a bowl and do so until the you are happy with its consistency. Use less milk for a thicker mix and more milk for a thinner consistency. This recipe makes about two cups of icing.

Royal Icing

4 egg whites
1/2 tsp. lemon juice
 2 lbs.  sugar

First, mix the egg whites and lemon juice in a bowl. While you are combining these ingredients (an electric mixer is recommended), pour small amounts of sugar at intervals until icing is completely smooth and forms a peak.

Add more egg whites to make the icing thinner and add more sugar to make it thinner. After it is in its desired consistency, cover the icing with plastic wrap. Only do this when you are using the icing because it will quickly dry out. Use small amounts at a time.

Cream Icing

2 cups heavy cream 
3/4 cups  sugar 
2 tsps. Vanilla 

Place the heavy cream in the bowl of an electric mixer. The bowl should be chilled beforehand and be completely dry. 

Before anything else, make sure your bowl is dry and chilled. Put the cream on the bowl and start the electric mixer on low speed. Increase the speed when the cream begins to thicken. Beat until you begin to see the streaks. Incorporate the sugar and vanilla and beat on high speed. Stop when the mixture makes a soft peak when you lift the mixer from the bowl.

Refrigerate the cake until it is ready too serve. 


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