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 will not look as attractive.
Here is a simple cake decorating frosting recipe for Butter-cream frosting.
You will need
* 1/2 cup of butter
* 1/2-cup solid shortening
* 1-teaspoon vanilla essence
* 4 cups sifted confectioners sugar (icing sugar)
* 2 tablespoons milk
Put the butter and solid shortening in a bowl and beat it with and electric mixer at a medium speed. Add the vanilla essence. Gradually add the confectioner's sugar one cup at a time. Keep beating the mixture well. When all of the sugar has been added to the bowl the mixture will look dry. Add the 2 tablespoons milk and beat the mixture until it appears light and fluffy.
Your basic Butter-cream frosting is ready.
When you are decorating your cake at times you will need different consistencies in frosting. You can make frosting with various consistencies at home.
For that you will need,
* 4 cups of confectioner's sugar
* 1 cup solid vegetable shortening
* 1-tablespoon egg white powder or meringue
* 2 tablespoons water, warm
* 1 teaspoon clear vanilla essence
* 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. Beat the shortening until it is creamy and smooth and add the cream and the salted water together. Start adding the confectioners sugar to the mixture one cup 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 of the frosting from the bowl and keep aside to make flowers.
To get a frosting with a medium consistency add 2 teaspoons of water to the remaining mixture. You can use it for flowers with petals that lie flat. You can remove 1 cup of the 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 together if you want to make different colors. Use a flat toothpick to streak the color into 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.
Use these great frosting recipes to bring your cake decorating to life.
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