I love to use icing on a ton of different baked items. It goes well on cookie, cupcakes, muffins, cakes, scones, and just about anything else you can think of. But making icing can be intimidating, and many think it’s easier to just buy icing from the store. This will end up costing you quite a bit more, and you’ll end up ingesting all the preservatives and artificial coloring that they add to those. If you really enjoy baking, learning to make icing is an essential skill.
There are actually several kinds of icing, including buttercream, whipped cream, and citrus flavored. The recipe I use is just two simple ingredients, and it comes out perfect every time. In fact, you can alter it to be whatever consistency you want. For some cakes, you may want a dripping effect, so you’d make the icing much thinner. For things like cupcakes, you would want to use a thicker icing that you can pipe or spread with a knife. You can even make it really thin to use for homemade donuts. The uses for this icing are endless.
It’s easy to make, and you can ensure that it’s as fresh as possible. Here is the recipe I use:
1 cup powdered sugar
2-3 tbsp. milk
Using a mixer or an electric hand mixer, add one tbsp of milk at a time to the powdered sugar. When you’ve reached the desired consistency, continue to mix for another minute to make sure the sugar dissolves. Otherwise, your icing may get a weird mouth feel, like it’s coating the inside of your mouth with powder. Use it immediately. If it sits in the bowl for too long, it gets stale, and starts to stiffen.
For things like lemon cake or other baked goods that would go well with citrus flavors, use lemon juice instead of milk. You can also substitute the milk for other flavored juices, if your recipe would benefit from it.