Green Mama back again with some more cake making tips!

Today I will share my simple & easy homemade icing recipe along with some quick icing tips.
Before you say ‘yuck’ with some of these ingredients, let me say that a lot of the cakes/cupcakes that you purchase in the store have icing made of 100% shortening
(that’s the main ingredient for the filling of an Oreo too)!
With that said, here is my basic icing recipe:
  • 1 stick salted butter at room temperature
  • 1 stick unsalted butter at room temperature
  • 1/2 cup shortening
  • 1lb (4 cups) powdered sugar
  • 1T Dream Whip
  • 2t vanilla
  • 2t butter flavor
  • 2-4T water, as needed

Mix butter, shortening, vanilla & butter flavor until combined. Mix in Dream Whip, then sugar 1 cup at a time. Mix for about 5 minutes, adding water 1T at a time, until light and creamy. This makes enough icing for 24 cupcakes.

TIP #1 – Flavoring your Icing
Personalize this icing by adding additional flavors to suit your taste. Some of my favorite extracts are: almond, citrus, banana, maple and cherry.
Also, check your refrigerator for flavored coffee creamers. Substitute this for the water in my recipe for a unique icing. This is great around the holidays with Egg Nog & Gingerbread flavored creamers.
TIP #2Need to frost those cupcakes quickly yet professionally? Here’s how!
Get yourself to your nearest chain craft store armed with your 40% or 50% off coupon. Head over to the cake decorating section and pick up a small box of disposable decorating bags and a 1M decorating tip (total cost before coupon is about $6). Following the directions on the back of the decorating bags, drop in tip #1M and fill bag 1/2 way with icing. You can make a traditional swirl by squeezing icing, starting at the outer edge of the cupcake, and swirling it in a circle motion back into the center.
For a step-by-step with photos, click here. They suggest making 2 layers of icing, but I find this is too much.
TIP #3 – Ice Cream Cone Cupcakes
Another use for the decorator bags & tip #1M is making ice cream cone cupcakes. Fill cake cones 2/3 fill with batter and place cones in a cupcake pan to bake. Let cool and swirl the icing on as directed in Tip #2. Top with sprinkles and even a maraschino cherry!
Want more cupcake ideas? Check out the Cupcake Fun website for some really cute and easy cupcakes.