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Tuesday, May 10, 2011

Sweet Tooth Satisfaction # 1 ~ Homemade Icing

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It's been so busy here lately & I haven't had much free time.
However, you can count on a post from me at least once a week, more if I have the time.
Today I am going to share with you my homemade icing recipe. Don't they look yummy?
 I  made these little cupcakes for Sydney & her class today to celebrate her 7th birthday.
Yay Happy Birthday!

For the Icing you will need:
1/2 cup(1 stick) butter, softened
1/2 cup solid vegetable shortening
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
4 cups sifted powdered sugar
2 Tablespoons milk or water

In a large bowl cream together 1/2 cup butter & 1/2 cup shortening with an electric mixer
and set aside.
In another bowl sift your powdered sugar.(4 cups)
Here's a tip:
If you don't have a sifter(or like me and hate using it)
then put the powdered sugar in a wire strainer & with a wire whisk just stir it around until it's all sifted through.
Or you can even skip the strainer & just stir it with the whisk but for something like this I like it to go through the strainer.
Back to your creamed butter & shortening mixture,
 add your 1 tsp vanilla and mix.
Then gradually add the powdered sugar to the creamed mixture.
(I use 3 spatulas worth at a time or you can add 1 cup at a time)
Beat well on medium speed, and be sure to scrape the sides & bottom often.
Once all the powdered sugar is added it will look pretty dry
add 2 Tbs water or milk(I use water so I don't have to refrigerate it).
Beat on medium-high speed until light & fluffy(this does not take long at all).
Then you can either keep it white or add food coloring
(I used 6-7 drops of red to make this light pink as requested from the birthday girl).
You can even split it up and make several colors, because this makes quite a bit.
Then I put it into my nifty little piping bag with a 3 star tip(not sure the correct term).
I got the whole kit with assorted tips from Ikea for pretty cheap, just to see if I liked it, which I do.
Although I would like to upgrade since I seem to be using it more often & need one that will last longer.
Here is the end result.
Cute & yummy =D
And it freezes well too!
Hope this satisfies your sweet tooth for now....
until next time,


~Iffy~


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  1. This is so yummy! Linking this up with us made the Creative Bloggers' Party & Hop better and more special. Thank you!

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