Basic Icing is a really easy and tasty finish for cakes and
other baked goods.
Our post today
is for a basic icing recipe that you can use for a wide range of baked goods. It is a good, basic frosting for
covering and decorating cakes, cookies, brownies, cupcakes, or anything else you want to use it on. This is my
go-to frosting recipe because it is so easy to make, spreads well, can be used to decorate with, and it tastes
You can make it thinner and very spreadable to get a pretty
finish on a cake. You can also add some powdered sugar to it to make it slightly thicker to use in a pastry bag
with different decorating tips to make pretty designs and embellishments. It is very versatile.
1.Place shortening and powdered sugar in
mixing bowl and turn mixer on low. Do not turn mixer on higher than low or you will be showered
with a cloud of powdered sugar.
2.Once the two ingredients
are mixed somewhat, add the extract, salt, if using, and ¼ cup of milk. Turn the mixer to a
medium setting and mix well. Using a spatula, stop the mixer and scrape down the sides of the
bowl, all of the way to the bottom. Turn mixer on again until all ingredients are mixed well
and icing is smooth. If the icing is too stiff, add more milk one tablespoon at a time until
it is of a spreadable texture. If the icing is too wet, add more powdered sugar ¼ cup at a
time until it is the desired consistency.
3. Add food coloring if desired to get the color you want. Divide
the icing into separate bowls before adding the food coloring if you want more than one color. Once
divided, you can make the icing in each bowl whatever color you want. Make sure you make enough of
one color to ice the main body of the cake or cookies you plan to