Cheerful butter icing

    10 mins

    Great for any cake or cupcake, easy to pipe, can also be used on biscuits. I recommend this icing if you have to take your cake/s to a party, as plastic wrap will not stick to it and make a mess. This made icing for 24 cupcakes.

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    Serves: 24 

    • 165 grams butter, softened
    • 4 cups icing sugar
    • 40 ml milk
    • 1 teaspoon vanilla essence
    • 4 drops of food colouring

    Prep:10min  ›  Ready in:10min 

    1. Place butter in microwave for a few seconds if it is not very soft.
    2. In a medium bowl cream the butter, icing sugar and milk until it is light and fluffy. This may take up to 5 minutes.
    3. Add the vanilla and food colouring, and beat until well combined. Fill piping bag with icing, and decorate your creations.
    4. Any leftover icing will keep in a tightly closed container for a few days, simply melt it in the microwave before use, or let it reach room temperature on the kitchen bench.

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    This is the perfect Sugar Cookie frosting. I baked the "Blue Ribbon Sugar Cookies" submitted by:Angie Seaman, and used this frosting with sprinkles. I have a cookie jar filled with perfectly delightful tasting cookies. They make the best combination, and I am switching to them both from now on. This frosting starts off softer on the cookies and then hardens up enough to stack them without being crunchy. Absolute perfection.  -  06 Jan 2002  (Review from Allrecipes US | Canada)


    This frosting came out great! What I did was I divided the frosting into four different bowls after adding the vanilla extract. Then I put 2 drops of different food colorings into each bowl so I could decorate some easter sugar cookies I made. It worked out perfect and it made a lot of frosting!  -  17 Apr 2003  (Review from Allrecipes US | Canada)


    We really liked this icing. It's a lot like the icing that my Mother made years ago. Only she added a bit of cream of tartar. This recipe is easy to work with as well. If you want to change the taste for something a little different try adding a little vanilla, or almond extract, even lemon extract. For a few ideas. Thanks for sharing with us!  -  06 Dec 2004  (Review from Allrecipes US | Canada)