This is a traditional Easy Decorator Icing is homemade, easy to make, and delicious!
This frosting recipe is what bakeries use for birthday and wedding cakes. It’s my favorite because it’s easy to work with, sets quickly, yet it’s easy to manipulate if you make a mistake. It’s creamy, smooth, and can be made in just minutes.
This frosting is versatile. You can make it any color you want. As well, you can have it ready in 7 to 8 minutes.
Easy Decorator Icing
This recipe has just 4 ingredients: confectioners’ sugar, solid vegetable shortening, vanilla, and water (or milk). The trickiest part is getting a perfect consistency. Sometimes I need more water, sometimes I need a little less water. But the wonderful thing is that you can manipulate the icing to get the proper consistency by adding more water or more confectioners’ sugar. Consistency is ultra important, it needs to be thin enough to squeeze through the piping tool, but firm enough to hold a shape.
Easy Decorator Icing or what a lot of people refer to as ‘birthday cake’ icing. I use this not only on cakes but also to make cookie sandwiches.
I like to use clear vanilla frosting in this Easy Decorator Icing recipe. Regular, brown vanilla extract will tint your icing slightly. This may be only slightly detectable, but if you’re adding colors to the frosting it can alter them. I find this Wilton brand vanilla at Amazon with free shipping. I like to use pure vanilla extract but haven’t been able to find clear vanilla except in imitation vanilla.
- Confectioners’ sugar aka powdered sugar.
- Solid vegetable shortening. Shortening holds it shape that’s why you use it instead of
butter. I recommend Crisco brand.
- Milk or water. If you use milk you’ll need to refrigerate the cake. You can use any percent of milk, as well as, half and half, heavy cream, evaporated milk, or almond milk.
- Clear vanilla. You can use regular vanilla but it will tint your frosting. I recommend always use pure vanilla for the best flavor.
Please keep in mind that nutritional information is a rough estimate and can vary based on products used.
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Easy Decorator Icing
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