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Today is National Cake Decorating Day, and it’s a perfect time to remember that presentation is almost as important as flavor when it comes to crafting delicious cakes and other desserts. Whether you’re a seasoned baker or just want to up your birthday cake game for your next friend or family member’s birthday, here are three of the best frosting and icing recipes to make sure your next cake is both beautiful and delicious.
Buttercream frosting is without a doubt the go-to option for a delicious, simple, and easily customizable frosting for cakes and cupcakes. The best buttercream frosting recipe on the internet has over 2,100 five-star reviews and can be made in just five minutes, so there’s no better place to start.
With a hand mixer or a stand mixer and a paddle attachment, whip together a cup of room-temperature unsalted butter with ½ tsp salt for about a minute. With several small batches, sift in a pound of confectioner’s sugar, beating on low until mixed in and scraping the bowl after each addition. Finally, add a tablespoon each of heavy whipping cream and vanilla, then beat until the frosting forms an even, fluffy consistency. Add more cream or some milk slowly if you’d like to thin the frosting down.
The best thing about this frosting is that it’s so easy to customize. Add in a few drops of food coloring to easily tint the white frosting to whatever color you want. If you want to add flavor, you can mix in anything from melted chocolate to crushed-up cookies to fruit juice to create your perfect frosting combination.
Creamy chocolate frosting
One frosting that might be better made from scratch instead of using mix-ins with buttercream is classic chocolate frosting, as it takes a delicate balance of cocoa powder and sugar to make this frosting taste perfect.
To make a creamy chocolate frosting, start by sifting together two and ¾ cups of confectioners’ sugar and six tablespoons of unsweetened cocoa powder in a medium bowl. In a large bowl, cream six tablespoons of room temperature unsalted butter until smooth, then gradually beat in your cocoa powder and sugar mixture and five tablespoons of evaporated milk. Finally, blend in a teaspoon of vanilla extract and beat the mixture on high speed until it’s light and fluffy. Like before, adjust the consistency by adding milk or sugar if you need to.
Homemade peanut butter frosting
Another beloved frosting flavor is peanut butter, and you can make a perfect peanut butter frosting with just a few small tweaks to the earlier recipes or by using this highly-rated recipe.
Start by creaming together a cup of room-temperature unsalted butter with a cup of peanut butter, scraping the sides of the bowl to ensure an even mix. Add in three and ¼ cups of powdered sugar one cup at a time, alternating it with five tablespoons of heavy cream. Finally, add in a teaspoon of vanilla and whip on medium-high until the frosting reaches a light-fluffy consistency.