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Homemade Frosting Recipes

Sonia Nair Nov 6, 2018
Frosting is not just for decoration, but can also enhance the flavor and texture of cakes and cookies. Here are some simple recipes for preparing frosting at home.
"That was just the icing". Does it mean that the cake is the main attraction, whereas the icing is only an enhancement? Well, this may not always be the case. Sometimes, an ordinary cake can be made extraordinary with the right icing (also known as frosting).
So, apart from improving the looks, a frosting can pep-up the flavor of the cake itself. Homemade frosting is always preferred to store-bought ones. Here are some easy frosting recipes that can be whipped up in a jiffy.

Buttercream Frosting

You Need....
  • Milk - 3 to 4 tbsp.
  • Confectioner's Sugar - 4 cups
  • Unsalted Butter - 1 cup
  • Vanilla Extract - 2 tsp.
Whip Them Up...
Sift the sugar beforehand and keep aside. Beat the butter till it becomes fluffy. Add the sugar, along with vanilla extract and combine well. Add milk gradually, till you get the desired consistency.

Try These Out...
  • For A Visual treat: Food colors can be added, to enhance the looks.
  • For a Minty Flavor: You can replace vanilla extract with peppermint extract.
  • To Make it Tangy: Add a few tablespoons of orange juice (or lemon juice) instead of milk, along with a tablespoon of orange (or lemon) zest.
  • Go for Chocolate: Add half a cup of cocoa powder along with the sifted sugar, for a basic chocolate frosting.

Cream Cheese Chocolate Frosting

You Need....
  • Confectioner's Sugar - 4 cups
  • Soft Cream Cheese (cold) - 1 cup
  • Unsalted Butter - ¼ cup
  • Cocoa Powder - 6 tbsp.
  • Vanilla Extract - 2 tsp.
  • Whole Milk - 3 to 4 tbsp.
Whip Them Up...
Sift the sugar and cocoa powder. Beat cream cheese (over-beating will result in a runny frosting) and butter till the mixture becomes fluffy. Add the sugar in batches and combine well. Fold in the vanilla extract. Add milk till you get the desired consistency.
Try These Out...
  • For Citrus Lovers: Replace milk with orange juice and add the zest of an orange to make a chocolate orange cream cheese frosting.
  • A Whiff of Coffee: You may replace vanilla extract with two teaspoons of instant coffee powder.
  • Use Coconut: Add half a cup of flaked coconut (unsweetened) for that tropical flavor.
  • Different Variants: Try flavors like cinnamon (around two teaspoons of cinnamon powder instead of cocoa powder) or strawberry (replace cocoa with ¼ cup of pureed strawberry).

Snow White Frosting

You Need....
  • Powdered White Sugar - 1 cup
  • Plain Water - ⅓ cup
  • Egg Whites - 2
  • Cream of Tartar - ¼ tsp.
  • Vanilla Extract - 1 tsp.
  • Almond Extract - ¼ tsp.
  • Salt - A pinch
Whip Them Up...
Boil sugar and water in a saucepan, along with cream of tartar and salt. Stir well till the sugar dissolves completely. Add the extracts to the egg whites and beat well till soft peaks form. Keep on beating the egg whites, while you add the sugar solution in batches. Continue beating till it forms stiff peaks. Your snow white icing is ready.
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  • Marshmallow Version: Blend a cup of marshmallow creme with four tablespoons of unsalted butter and a teaspoon of vanilla extract. Add two cups of powdered white sugar in batches and whip well. Add milk if the frosting is thick.
  • Corn Syrup Version: Boil a cup of corn syrup. Beat two egg whites with ¼ teaspoon of cream of tartar, till soft peaks form. Add the corn syrup (in batches) and beat well till the mixture gets stiff peaks.

Peanut Butter Frosting

You Need....
  • Creamy Peanut Butter - 1 cup
  • Unsalted Butter - 5 tbsp.
  • Confectioner's Sugar - 1 cup
  • Heavy Cream - 5 tbsp.
  • Vanilla Extract - 1 tsp.
Whip Them Up...
Beat the butter and peanut butter till they blend properly. Add the sifted sugar in batches and mix well. Fold in the vanilla extract and heavy cream.

Try These Out...
  • Add Chocolate: If you like peanut chocolate frosting, add five tablespoons of unsweetened cocoa. Another way is to add chocolate chips to the frosting.
  • Make it Fluffy: Beat one cup each of butter and marshmallow fluff and half a cup of powdered sugar. Fold in half a cup of peanut butter and a teaspoon of vanilla extract.
  • Super Yummy: Mix the contents of one package of vanilla instant pudding in a cup of cold milk. Beat well with half a cup of peanut butter and fold in a cup of cool whip.

Flat Icing or Powdered Sugar Glaze

You Need....
  • Unsalted Butter - 2 tbsp.
  • Confectioner's Sugar - 2 cups
  • Milk - 1 tbsp.
  • Vanilla Extract - 1 tsp.
Whip Them Up...
Beat butter, powdered sugar and vanilla. Combine them well and add milk gradually, till you get the desired consistency. You may also prepare this simple sugar glaze without butter.

Try These Out...
  • Go for Colors: You may add a few drops of food color of your choice, for a colored glaze.
  • A Slash of Lemon: Use lemon juice instead of milk for a lemony taste.
  • High 'Spirits': Melt half a cup of butter in a sauce pan. Add ¼ cup of water and one cup of powdered sugar. Cook for around five minutes. Remove from heat and add half a cup of rum. Your rum glaze is ready.

Fudge Frosting

You Need....
  • Unsalted Butter - ½ cup
  • Cocoa Powder - 3 tbsp.
  • Confectioner's Sugar - 1.5 cup
  • Milk - ¼ cup
  • Vanilla Extract - 1 tsp.
Whip Them Up...
Heat butter, cocoa powder and milk in a saucepan, till they mix well. Once done, let them cool slightly, before you blend in the sugar. Beat till you get the desired consistency.

Try These Out...
  • Use Sour Cream: Reduce butter to ¼ cup, use ¼ cup of heavy cream and ¾ cup of sour cream instead of milk. Blend in the sour cream, along with sugar.
  • For Mocha Flavor: Heat instant espresso powder, along with butter and milk/cream. You may also use instant coffee powder.
  • Tangy Twist: Add the zest of a tangerine, along with the powdered sugar and whip up the frosting.
These are some of the popular homemade frosting recipes that can be prepared without much effort. However, before applying the frosting, make sure that your cake is cool. Try to remove the lumps on the surface, so that the frosting can be spread evenly.
As far as icing recipes are concerned, you can experiment with different ingredients and preparation methods. Make sure that the frosting goes well with the cake. Sometimes, even an unconventional combination may work wonders.