A lot of people already want to bake at home. Baking is actually very fun and it’s a great way to spend your free time at home. Plus, it makes you realize how much love and effort goes into all those sweet treats that you buy at bakeries and pastry shops. If people bake at home, they will know exactly what is added into the recipe so they are aware that the food they are serving their family is safe. When people buy cakes at commercial pastry shops, the cakes look gorgeous and very inviting. All of that is because of the frosting and icing decorations. If you bake at home, it is also nice if you make your own frosting to decorate the cake. Frostings also add flavor to the cake aside from making it look pretty. So for those who love to bake cakes, they should also know how to make frosting.
Frostings come in different colors, flavors and consistencies. It actually depends on the baker on which recipe to choose from a choice of more than a hundred. Here is a simple recipe on how to make frosting. This is a simple butter frosting that anyone can do at home. First, all the ingredients must be prepared. Let the butter out of the refrigerator ahead of time so that it will be at room temperature when you start. All the equipments must also be prepared. An electric mixer, a whisk, mixing bowls and a spatula will be needed. It is better to use a mixing bowl that’s made of glass because you will be able to see the bottom in case not all ingredients are beaten together. So beat the butter in a bowl using an electric mixer. Once the consistency of the butter becomes fluffy and light, sifted icing sugar can be beaten into the mixture.
Sifting the icing sugar is important so that there will be no lumps in the icing mixture. It can also help hasten the mixing process since the powder is well distributed. And icing sugar is different from regular white sugar. It should be note that white sugar should not be used in this recipe since white sugar is coarse and will affect the texture and the taste of the final result. A tablespoon of milk will then be added to the mixture and it should be beaten well until all the ingredients are blended together. After that, the frosting is now ready to be placed on top of cakes and cupcakes. The cake should be at room temperature when putting frosting on top of it or else the frosting will melt and slide away. Those who know how to make frosting also know that once you know the basic recipe, you will be able to mix ingredients and experiment on different flavors.
The simplest of all frostings is the glace icing. It is only made of icing sugar, water and a little lemon extract. The amount of water to be added depends on how sticky or runny you want the frosting to be. For an added creaminess, the water can be changed to milk or heavy cream and the lemon juice will add a punch at the end. Vanilla extract can also be added to improve the aroma. For those who love chocolate, chocolate frosting is also as easy. Now that you know the basics on how to make frosting, you will be able to add cocoa powder to the mixture in equal proportions with the icing sugar. Peanut butter frostings and cream cheese frostings are also popular choices among bakers. The kids will surely love it.