Monday, August 30, 2010

Baking Basics: Butter Icing

Butter icing is one of those things that I am probably going to use whenever I make a cake. It is just so gosh-darn easy, and it tastes nice, and everyone should learn how to make it.

There's a few variations on butter icing, and it all depends on your taste. I generally start with 1:1 for butter and icing, and you can modify that as you want. Some people also add a splash of milk - I do that sometimes but normally I like to save the milk for the cup of tea I'll invariably be having with my freshly-baked goodies :)

BUTTER ICING

For 18 large cupcakes or one standard-size cake

100g unsalted butter
100g icing sugar

1. Combine until smooth.

SERIOUSLY, that's it. Of course, you normally want to flavour it or colour it or maybe even both (LOOK OUT). If so, once its combined, you need to add in your flavouring/colour and then combine it. Here are some suggestions:

- Melt some dark, white or milk chocolate (as you wish). Or combine them!
- Put some cocoa, coffee or Milo into a cup and mix with a little hot water to make a paste
- Put a few drops of flavouring essence into the icing - vanilla or peppermint (in chocolate icing... mmm choc mint) or whatever takes your fancy!
- Mocha icing: Combine cocoa and coffee!
- Put a few drops of food colouring in and combine until you get to the desired colour
- Grate some lemon/lime/orange rind into the icing

2 comments:

ilof said...

OMG I used to make this all the time in high school and eat it by itself in the middle of the night while I was up studying :D It's so addictive.

(This is Alysha btw, blogspot still confuses meee)

radbiscuits said...

Wow Aly I wonder where all your nutritional issues came from.