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How to Make Homemade Frosting's

There are sooo many different types of icings out there, and no, I'm not speaking Betty Crocker icings either. There is your buttercream, cooked frosting, cream frostings, royal icing, ganaches, glazes, and within those icings there are more types of icings. These all have absolutely amazing tastes, but the recipe I'm going to show you... is well, in my opinion not the greatest icing. It is however extremely cheap, and if you cannot afford for expensive ingredients, or just don't have time to go to the store and buy some B.C. icing than again this recipe can be for you.

Easy Powdered Sugar Icing - (this is the icing used in the photos)
  • 2 cups powdered sugar (sifted)
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla
  • 2 tablespoons milk

Mix the powdered sugar with the vanilla and milk. Then add more milk a bit at a time until it is thin enough to drizzle over a cake. If you would like to add some colour to your frosting, simply add some food colouring, or if you have beets or other fruits/vegetables that bleed or juice add their juices in as well! Once you've iced your cake, it's best to let it stand for one or two hours.

To make chocolate icing, add two tablespoons cocoa powder when you mix the powdered sugar and follow the rest of the recipe above.Just for fun - had a party to go to a while ago and brought these cupcakes, since I missed one birthday, I decided I would make one of my friend's a special cupcake. He absolutely loves tigers, so bf and I decided let's make a tiger face, and so we did, and so he loved it :)

Since the above recipe isn't THE greatest, I figured I would post a couple more easy frosting recipes.

Thick Vanilla Frosting
  • 1 cup shortening
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla
  • 4 cups powdered sugar (sifted)
  • 4 tablespoons milk

Beat together shortening and vanilla for 30 seconds medium speed with an electric mixer. Add 2 cups of powdered sugar a bit at a time while beating. Then add 2 tablespoons milk. Slowly add in the rest of the powdered sugar and the rest of the milk until you get the right thickness for your frosting.

Just because it goes well with it, and I love the look of these cupcakes I will post another picture :) This is using BC's whipped fluffy white frosting, and as you will see, there is much more volume on these cupcakes than there are with the powdered icing sugar frosting.

Cream Cheese Frosting

  • 1 6 ounce package cream cheese
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla
  • 1/2 cup butter
  • 4 cups powdered sugar (sifted)

Beat together cream cheese, vanilla, and butter until fluffy. Slowly add powdered sugar 1/2 cup at a time until the frosting is the right thickness to spread on cake. Keep in the refrigerator until serving.

(This is the type of frosting that you normally see on Red Velvet cake/cupcakes.)

Chocolate Butter Frosting

  • 1/2 cup butter
  • 1/4 cup cocoa powder
  • 1/3 cup milk
  • 2 cups of sifted powdered sugar
  • 1/2 cup chopped nuts (good suggestion would be pecans or walnuts)

Heat butter, cocoa, and milk and bring to a boil. Add powdered sugar and beat until nice and smooth. Add chopped nuts and stir.

Peanut Butter Frosting

  • 2 tablespoons butter
  • 1/2 cup evaporated milk
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1/2 cup peanut butter (smooth or crunchy)
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla

Heat butter, milk and sugar and boil for 2 minutes. Add peanut butter and vanilla and stir until smooth.

As you can see I only posted four or five simple recipes for frosting. As you get more into the ganaches and the buttercreams they get a little more difficult and a little pricier. These are simple and taste great, and I mean a lot of people can't tell the difference between frostings anyways, especially if their palette hasn't become accustomed to richer frostings. But, if that's what you are wanting to make is something richer, the Internet is a great source! Hope this was a little helpful :)

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