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Bear N Mom Recipes - Decorator Cake Icing

Updated on October 5, 2016

This recipe came from my cake decorating classes. The person who taught these classes had a cake decorating business and sold speacialty cake pans and all of the tools needed to bake and decorate cakes.

When my children were little they each got a baby block cake for the 1st birthday. Not only did it save money by not having to buy store bought decorated cakes it allowed me to make exactly the cake that each of my children liked (chocolate, the hardest to cover with icing or white, yellow or marble).


  • 2 lb. powdered sugar
  • 1-1/2 cup Crisco™
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1-2 teaspoons flavoring (see notations below)
  • 2 tablespoons flour
  • 2/3 cups liquid (milk or water and 2 tablespoons Creamora™)

Cook milk and flour over low heat stirring until mixture forms a paste. Cool until completely cold.

Add all ingredients and turn mixer to slow speed. Continue mixing until the icing is decorating consistency.

Icing Flavorings

I prefer to use a blend of flavorings for my cakes and they can be purchased from Wilton.  While vanilla is fine for the every day cake, a blend of vanilla and almond extract will make a wonder flavor for a wedding cake.

Some people prefer a butter taste to their icing and I don't recommend using margarine instead of the crisco because it will color your icing.  Therefore, you would use a blend of butter and vanilla extract for your icing.

Another great flavor is hazelnut and this can be added to your vanilla and butter extracts. 

Icing Coloring

While it is perfectly okay to use the home decorating colors from the baking aisles at the grocery stores, I prefer to use paste color.  It takes much less coloring to achieve your desired color and by dividing your icing you can premix your colors for flowers, greenery and other decorations.  You can even buy black paste coloring to get those true colors for black cats at Halloween.

You use a toothpick to get your food coloring from the paste jars.  You never want to reuse the same toothpick if you need more coloring because the icing residue on the old toothpick will eventually change your coloring paste.

I buy my coloring from Wilton and it costs me $1.99 per color.  You can get a starter kit and that will give you most of your colors.

Specialty Cakes that used decorator icing

When I was decorating cakes on a regular basis, I had attained the skill of making decorator roses, but I preferred the side look that to me seemed more natural. I would use rose buds and carnations on my cakes with tiny stems and leaves. Sometimes I would make a vine with my green icing and put leaves off of it and bunches of grapes using the specialty tips.

My specialty was my Mother's Day cake that I would decorate by making a patchwork quilt by separating squares on my sheet cake and putting a different flower in a pattern around the middle where I would write Happy Mother's Day.


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