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Icing gives any cake an extra boost. It provides an attractive, professional-looking finish and adds a delicious creamy sweetness to your baking. If you want to make your cakes the best they can be you need to learn how to make icing.

  1. Icing Varieties

    There are many varieties of cake icing, some involve whipping up egg whites, some old fashioned icing recipes even require you to boil up a pan of sugar. But many of these icing recipes are too time consuming for today’s busy home cook. How To will show you two simple cake icing recipes that won’t take all day to prepare.

    Plain Icing


    The simplest icing of them all, plain icing can be made in about two minutes flat.


    • 1 cup of icing sugar.
    • Milk.
    • 1/3 teaspoon of Vanilla essence.


    1. Place the icing sugar in a bowl.
    2. Add 1 tablespoon of milk and the vanilla essence.
    3. Mix thoroughly.
    4. Add more milk one teaspoonful at a time until the desired consistency is reached – this icing can be made thin enough to drizzle over a cake, or thicker if you want to apply it with a knife or spatula.

    For chocolate icing just add 1/3 cup of unsweetened cocoa to the icing sugar before adding the milk.



    Frosting, also known as “buttercream” icing, is a creamy, fluffy cake topping that is popular for its extravagant deliciousness and its striking visual appeal.


    • 4 cups of icing sugar.
    • 250g of softened butter.
    • 2 tablespoons of milk.
    • 1 teaspoon of vanilla essence.


    1. Using either an electric mixer on low speed or a bowl and wooden spoon, beat the butter, sugar and vanilla essence into a cream.
    2. Add the milk and whip the mixture until it is fluffy.

    For chocolate frosting add half a cup of cocoa and a little extra milk to the recipe.