Easy to Make Frosting Recipes

Frosting Recipes
What do kids think is more important than the taste of a birthday cake? The look of it! Frosting is one of the most important parts of a birthday cake recipe. With the frosting you can make the cake look spectaclar- or perhaps like a disaster. Frosting can also hide a multitude of sins- so use it woesly and be as creative as you want to be!

Buttercream Recipe
To make enough buttercream to fill an 8 inch cake, you need:


  • 4 oz butter
  • 8 oz confectioner's sugar
  • A little milk
Method
  1. Have the butter at room temperature, to make it easier to handle
  2. Add the confectioners sugar a little at a time and mix thoroughly
  3. When all the sugar has been added, if the mixture is a too thick to spread, add 1 teaspoon of milk, and mix thoroughly
  4. Continue to add milk, 1 teaspoon at a time, until the buttercream is spreadable
  5. Be careful not to add too much milk as if the buttercream is runny, it will seep down the sides of the cake
  6. If you do add too much milk, thicken with a little more icing sugar
Variations
Chocolate
Melt 2 oz milk, dark or white chocolate or chocolate chips and add to the creamed sugar and butter. Add the milk, 1 teaspoon at a time, if necessary.

Vanilla
Add a teaspoon of vanilla essence to the creamed butter and sugar. Add milk, as necessary.

Lemon
Add the zest of one lemon to the creamed sugar and butter. Add 1 tablespoon of lemon juice, to the creamed mixture. If necessary add the milk, 1 teaspoon at a time, until you get a smooth, spreadable, consistency.

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7 minute Cooked Frosting Recipe
This is one of many marshmallowy type frosting recipes, that is great for lots of birthday cake recipes. Use it to fill the cakes with, and to swirl on the tops and sides. It's easy to make, but you do need a double broiler, or a bowl placed over a pan of boiling water, to make this. If you put the bowl over the pan of boiling water, don't let the water touch the bottom of the bowl, or the frosting will overcook.

To fill and frost an 8 inch cake, you will need:

  • 2 egg whites
  • 8 oz (250g) sugar
  • 1/8 teaspoon of cream of tartar
  • 2 fluid ounces water
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla essence

Method
  1. Place all the ingredients, except the vanilla into the top of the double broiler
  2. Place this over the boiling water and beat until the mixture holds it shape (like stiff meringue)
  3. Take off the heat, and fold in the vanilla

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Fondant
I always use ready made fondant. You can buy this ready rolled, and in different colors. This is great for covering party cakes, and provides a smooth surface for further decoration.


Royal Icing Recipe
This is a firm icing, and is used to frost and to decorate. It's often used with fruit birthday cake recipes, but is also used with firm sponge cakes. To cover an 8 inch cake:


  • 3 egg whites
  • 1 ½ lb (675g) confectioners sugar
  • 2 -3 teaspoons lemon juice
  • 1 teaspoon glycerine

Method
  1. Put the egg whites into a mixing bowl, and beat until frothy
  2. Beat in half the confectioners sugar, a little at a time
  3. Add the lemon juice and the glycerine
  4. Beat in the rest of the confectioners sugar, a little at a time, until the icing stands in soft peaks
  5. Cover the bowl with a damp cloth and leave for about an hour. This allows air bubbles to come to the top and leaves you with a smoother icing
  6. The icing is ready to use

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