I’ve spent a good portion of my mom life confused about icing. It seems silly, because icing is one of the simplest things to make. However, I’ve produced several botched attempts. I’ve made it too buttery, too wet, or too dry. I’ve curdled cooked icings in the pot somehow. I’ve nearly broken my arm trying to mix it with a spoon, and then found myself in an icing sugar cloud when I turned on the mixer.
There are many icing recipes out there, but I’ve found some of them to be complicated or hard to duplicate. (At least for an amateur like myself.)
Today I will share with you the proportions and method that I have settled upon. I like the flavour and consistency of this icing. It’s nothing spectacular, but when you need icing in a flash for cookies (it’s great on Soft White/Grandmother’s cookies) or a cake, and have only basic ingredients and a small amount of time – this is my go-to. As a plus, the proportions are easy to remember.
Basic, All-Purpose Icing
- 1/4 cup softened butter
- 2 cups icing sugar
- 1/4 cup cream or milk
- 1-2 tsp vanilla (I just pour a splash in – yum!)
- Food coloring (optional)
Place softened butter and icing sugar in a bowl. Mix with hands until crumbly. Pour in the cream or milk and vanilla. Use an electric mixer and blend until smooth. Add food coloring (optional) and mix in.
If you find the consistency too dry, add a few drops of milk/cream. If too wet, add a small amount of icing sugar.
To ice a large cake (or if you like a LOT of icing), you may want to double this recipe.
Pretty easy, right?
I love how excited kids get about icing and sprinkles. It’s just a sure-fire way to make the day special and put a smile on their face 🙂 .
Hope you enjoy, and if you make it, let me know in the comments how it works for you!