Butter icing is the most popular icing that is used by many people for decorating cakes including layer cakes, sandwich cakes and cupcakes. Icing makes the cake look more tempting and delicious. Whenever you are working with icing, you should be careful with the quantity required, and the kind of decoration that you are going to do with it.

How to Attain the Icing Consistency?

It is necessary for you to adjust the icing thickness according to your decoration on the cake. If you want to spread the butter icing on the whole cake, it is always better for you to work with the consistency, which is slightly thin, as it will spread on the cake properly covering the entire portion and you will not have to put in a lot of effort while spreading the icing on the cake.

If you want to decorate the cake, then it is advisable to work with thick consistency, as it will give better form of decoration on your cake, making it outstanding and appealing to your guests and family members.

An important tip while making the icing

There is a simple tip for those, who have problem in making the perfect icing for the cake, all you need to do is add milk, and make the consistency thin and by adding grinded sugar to the mixture you can thicken the consistency of the butter icing.

Using of shortening

There are some people, who like to use shortening instead of butter, while making the icing for the cake. This depends completely on your personal preference and what you like to use. The main reason why most of them use shortening is that it melts faster than butter, and it is easier to make and spread on the cake.

Using of butter

There are some people, who prefer to use butter in their icing, as it gives your icing a smooth and rich texture. It makes your icing soft, as soon as you put the first morsel in your mouth, the cake and the butter icing just melts. Many people love this feeling of melted butter in their mouth. Hence, they prefer using butter for icing.

At the end of the day the preference completely depends on you.

Icing recipe

The ingredients required are as follows:

Butter (1/2 cup)
Vanilla essence (1 teaspoon)
Icing sugar (3 to 4 cups)
Milk (2 tablespoon)

The process of making the icing:

Step 1: Mix the butter and sugar icing together, and blend it properly, so that you get a rich and smooth texture.
Step 2: Put vanilla essence in the blended mixture, and again blend them together.
Step 3: Now, add milk and mix them together, until it’s rich, smooth and fluffy, and the color becomes pale yellow.

This is the basic recipe for preparing the icing. You can also prepare many flavored butter icing such as Banana, Chocolate, Coconut, Coffee, Lemon, Rum, Vanilla, Orange or Colored Butter Icing. You could try all these and relish to have better and healthy tomorrow.  


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