How do you make cake decorating frosting?

How do you make cake decorating frosting?


  1. 1 cup unsalted butter (2 sticks or ½ pound), softened (but not melted!)
  2. 3-4 cups confectioners (powdered) sugar, SIFTED.
  3. ¼ teaspoon table salt.
  4. 1 tablespoon vanilla extract.
  5. Up to 4 tablespoons heavy cream, half and half , or milk **heavy cream is best.

What frosting is best for cake decorating?

Royal icing is one of the best icings for decorating cakes. Mixing together powdered sugar, egg whites, and meringue powder or liquid provides a consistency relative to pancake batter. This makes it easy to pour into pastry bags to fulfill your decorating dreams.

How do you make good homemade frosting?


  1. In medium bowl, mix powdered sugar and butter with spoon or electric mixer on low speed. Stir in vanilla and 1 tablespoon of the milk.
  2. Gradually beat in just enough remaining milk to make frosting smooth and spreadable. If frosting is too thick, beat in more milk, a few drops at a time.

How do you make icing for piping?

In a large bowl, beat the shortening and butter until smooth and fluffy. Add the vanilla, almond extract and cream and mix until smooth. Add the powdered sugar 1-2 cups at a time, mixing well between each addition. Beat the frosting for an additional 4-5 minutes until light and fluffy.

How do you make white icing for decorating?


  1. 4 cups confectioners’ sugar.
  2. 1 cup shortening.
  3. 2 tablespoons water.
  4. 1 teaspoon clear imitation vanilla extract.

What’s the difference between buttercream and frosting?

If you’re searching for a more buttery taste, frosting is the way to go. Instead of using a sugar base like icing, frosting usually starts with butter, hence the name “buttercream.” The thicker ingredients used to create frosting result in a thick and fluffy result.

How do you make whipped icing?

Start with room temperature butter. In a large bowl, whip your butter until soft and creamy for about eight minutes. At medium speed, start adding the powdered/icing sugar slowly to the butter until combined. Then whisk for about four minutes at high speed until fluffy.

What kind of buttercream is best for piping?

American buttercream is the easiest and most common buttercream frosting—and the quickest to make. It’s often used for piping and decorating cakes. The icing is known for its supersweet flavor and slightly gritty consistency.

How do I make white icing?


  1. In a very large bowl, beat the butter for 5-10 minutes on medium-high speed.
  2. Once the butter is extremely pale and looks white and shiny, add in 2 cups powdered sugar.
  3. Start mixing in the powdered sugar with the mixer on a low speed, then gradually increase the speed.
  4. Add in the salt and flavorings.