Cake Decorating Frosting Recipe

Cake decorating frosting recipes can sure come in handy. In cake decorating, frosting or icing is the most important part. If your frosting is good then you can decorate the cake with different designs. If the frosting is not good then your beautiful design does not look attractive.

Here is a simple cake decorating frosting recipe for Buttercream frosting.

You will need

* 1/2 cup of butter

* 1/2 cup solid shortening

* 1 teaspoon vanilla

* 4 cups sifted confectioners sugar

* 2 tablespoons milk

Take the butter and solid shortening in a bowl and beat it with electric mixer at medium speed. Add vanilla. Gradually add the confectioner's sugar one cup at a time. Keep beating the mixture well. After all sugar has gone in the bowl the mixture will look dry. Add 2 tablespoons milk and beat the mixture until it appears light and fluffy.

Your basic Buttercream frosting is ready.

But when you are decorating your cake at times you need different consistencies in frosting. You can make frosting with various consistencies at home. For that you will need,

* 4 cups of confectioners sugar

* 1 cup solid vegetable shortening

* 1 tablespoon egg white powder or meringue

* 2 tablespoons water, warm

* 1 teaspoon clear vanilla extract

* 1/2 teaspoon salt

* 1 teaspoon light syrup

In a large mixing bowl mix sift the confectioner's sugar and the egg white powder. Dissolve the salt in the warm water. Cream the shortening. Add the cream and the salted water together. Start adding one cup of sugar to the mix at a time. Scrape the sides of the bowl. At a medium speed mix it for 5 minutes with a hand held mixer. If you are using a stand up mixer use it on low for 2 minutes.

The above mixture will give you frosting with a stiff consistency. If you want to make flowers remove one cup from the bowl and keep aside to make flowers.

Add 2 teaspoons of water to the remaining mixture. This will give you a medium consistent frosting. You can use it for flowers with petals that lie flat. You can remove 1 cup of medium consistent frosting and add light syrup. This will give more elasticity to the frosting.

If you want a colored frosting you can use gel colors. It is easier to mix gel colors to make different colors. Use flat toothpick to streak your icing. Each time use a different toothpick to add the color so that the basic gel color jar will not be contaminated with other colors.

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