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Simple Vanilla Icing with Variations recipe

Simple Vanilla Icing.A basic icing, with variations, fordrizzling atop sweet quick breads, yeast breads, muffins, cakes,bars, cookies and more.

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Recipe: Simple Vanilla Icingwith Variations

2 cups sifted powdered sugar
4 tablespoons butter or margarine, melted2 to 4 tablespoons milk or water*
1 teaspoon vanilla extract

  • Combine all ingredients with enough milkor water to the desired consistency, less milk for a thickerconsistency, more for thinner.

    Makes about 2 cups.

    *Start with the least amount of liquidand add more until desired consistency is reached.

    Cook’s Notes:

    • This is a very forgiving recipe, if itbecomes too thin add more powdered sugar and too thick add moreliquid until you’re happy with it.
    • Need less icing? Recipe can be successfullyreduced by half.


    • Butter-Rum Icing:Omit the vanilla and add 1 teaspoon rum flavoring.
    • Chocolate Icing:Stir in 6 tablespoons unsweetened cocoa powder and use hot water,increasing water to 5 or 6 tablespoons.
    • Lemon Icing:Stir in 1/2 teaspoon grated lemon peel and replace milk or waterwith lemon juice.
    • Orange Icing:Stir in 1/2 teaspoon grated orange peel and replace milk or waterwith orange juice.

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    Although I have made several types of buttercream frosting recipes, the recipe I am going post is by far my favorite due to its flavor, simplicity, and smooth texture. Essentially, this buttercream recipe can be infused with many different flavors to accompany your dessert. Gonna try this frosting, excited because I hate the taste of the buttercream made with shortening! I do have a question, if your going to use flavor in your buttercream like extracts do you still add the vanilla also?

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