Easy Icing Recipe


A cake is only as good as its icing. If you are looking for an easy icing recipe, in this article you’ll find some great tips on how to make delicious buttercream icing at home. Each variation delivers fantastic results every time, and we even show you how to tweak them to get the consistency you want. This means you can easily adapt these simple and easy icing recipes for either decorating or spreading.

Ingredients:

Butter (or margarine), ½ cup (1 stick), softened
Vanilla extract, 1 teaspoon
Milk, 2 tablespoons
Confectioners’ sugar, 4 cups
Vegetable shortening, ½ cup, solid

Yield: 3 cups

Preparation:

Soften and mix together butter and shortening in a large bowl using an electric mixer. Add vanilla extract and then sugar, one cup at a time. Keep beating the mixture and scrape the sides and bottom of the bowl as you mix. When the mixture becomes dry, you will know the sugar has been thoroughly combined.

The next step is to add milk to the mixture. Keep beating at medium setting as you slowly add milk; the icing will start to become thin and fluffy. Keep beating until the consistency is light and fluffy.

Refrigerate the bowl until you are ready to use it. You can store it for up to two weeks, if refrigerated in a sealed, airtight container. When ready to use, rewhip the icing.

Once prepared, tweaking the texture can make it perfect for either spreading or decorating. If you want a thin consistency, add a couple of tablespoons of water, milk or light corn syrup. For a thicker consistency (pure white icing), substitute the butter with a half cup of shortening and a half teaspoon of colorless butter flavor.

This recipe only takes a few minutes to prepare. The end result is a rich and decadent buttercream icing that kids love!

Chocolate Buttercream Icing:

What could be better than a freshly-baked homemade cake covered in layers of chocolate buttercream icing! As with our first easy icing recipe, this one can be tweaked to get different consistencies for use in either decorating or spreading.

Ingredients:

Butter (or margarine), ½ cup (1 stick), softened
Vegetable shortening, ½ cup, solid
Vanilla extract, 1 teaspoon
Confectioners’ sugar, 4 cups
Cocoa powder, 2/3 cup
Milk, 4 tablespoons

Yield: 3 cups

Preparation:

Melt together softened butter and shortening in a larger bowl using an electric mixer. Add vanilla and cocoa powder, beating the mixture on medium speed. Next, add sugar, a cup at a time, while beating the mixture. Scrape the sides and bottom of the bowl so the icing does not stick. When all the sugar is combined, the icing will turn dry.

Add milk. Keep mixing until you get a thin, fluffy texture. At this stage you can refrigerate the bowl in a sealed, airtight container for up to two weeks. Remember to rewhip the icing before use. For variations, consider adding a twist of mocha or dark chocolate.

Mocha: For a bold mocha flavor, substitute the milk with cold-brewed strong coffee in the original chocolate buttercream icing recipe. This will give a richer, bolder chocolate buttercream icing with hints of mocha.

Dark Chocolate: For a dark chocolatey taste, add an additional quarter cup of cocoa powder and a tablespoon of milk to the original chocolate buttercream icing recipe. This variation produces a rich and utterly delicious dark chocolate icing.

This one be adjusted for your desired consistency as well. For a thinner texture, add three to four tablespoons of water, milk or light corn syrup. This consistency is ideal for spreading.

If you’re looking for an easy icing recipe, check out this site for lots of great icing recipes for cakes, cupcakes and cookies. We’re sure you’ll find the perfect icing recipe for your next sweet project!

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