I was one of those kids that left the cake and licked off every last bite of butter icing. Cake without icing does not seem right (unless its soaked in rum – like a pineapple upside down cake!). Icing dresses up a cake by adding flavors and visual appeal. Today, frosting and icing cakes have been taken to a new level. There are cake wars on the Food Network channel where cakes truly come to life!
If you are trying to keep it simple, your best bet is to stick to food coloring options instead of going over the top with cake and icing creatures (like real sized gingerbread houses and furious dinosaurs)! You can now make almost any color under the sun and with a bit of patience you can make amazing designs with frosting. Just think about the designs on Valentine’s Day, Halloween, and Christmas cookies and cakes.
And don’t let your imagination stop at the exterior of a cake or cookie. When making butter icing, you can also layer it in cakes or make a butter icing cookie sandwich! Layering cakes or cookies is easy. You simply just bake two separate cakes and stack the two cakes together with butter icing in the middle.
Making your own butter icing instead of buying store bought will leave your taste buds thanking you. The store bought butter icing is usually made with filler ingredients (like most other store bought items). For example, lets look at mayonnaise, a typical store bought item. Homemade and traditional mayonnaise is made with oil, eggs, salt, and lemon juice if desired. Store bought mayonnaise is made with a variety of different oils such as vegetable or canola, soybeans, vinegar, and preservatives. Making butter icing from scratch (along with the baked good you plan to spread it on) will leave you and your guests happy!
To make butter icing, follow the instructions below. It is so simple you could do it in your sleep!
According to AllRecipes.com, here are the ingredients you will need:
- 1 ½ cups confectioner’s sugar
- 3 tablespoons softened butter
- 1 tablespoon vanilla extract
- 1 tablespoon whole milk
Mix all of the ingredients (sugar, butter, vanilla, milk) together in a large bowl with a hand mixer. Continue to beat the mixture until everything is blended into a creamy. If the icing is not creamy enough, add a few more drops of whole milk. If you want to add a color, now is the time to add the food coloring to the butter icing.
To spread the butter icing on cookies, a cake or other baked good, let the baked good cool slightly and use a butter knife to spread. When icing a cake, put at least ¼ cup onto the butter knife and spread slowly. Icing is an art, takes practice and finesse so do not get discouraged right away. Always make whatever baked good the night before just incase things do not go as planned, you have extra time.