How Many Kinds of Frosting Can Be Made From Powdered Sugar?

How Many Kinds of Frosting Can Be Made From Powdered Sugar?

How Many Kinds of Frosting Can Be Made From Powdered Sugar?

Buttercream frosting is the most popular type of icing that uses powdered sugar as its base, while confectioner's glaze, a lighter alternative to traditional icing, also uses this product. Make 1/2 cup of confectioner's glaze by mixing 1 1/4 cups of powdered sugar with 3 tablespoons of milk and 1/2 teaspoon of vanilla extract. The extract should be clear, as a darker product impacts the glaze's coloring. For a thicker glaze, add more powdered sugar. To thin, add more milk.

To make buttercream frosting, combine 3 3/4 cups of powdered sugar with 1/2 cup of softened butter, 3 tablespoons of milk and 1 teaspoon of vanilla extract in a bowl. Using a hand mixer on medium speed, beat until the frosting is creamy. For a frosting that spreads easier, add 1 additional tablespoon of milk. This recipe produces enough buttercream frosting for 24 cupcakes.

For an alternative buttercream flavor, omit the butter, and use 1/2 cup of peanut butter instead. Obtain orange buttercream by substituting orange juice in place of milk and adding 1 teaspoon each of orange extract and orange zest. Similarly, make lemon buttercream by replacing milk with lemon juice and adding 1 teaspoon each of lemon extract and lemon zest. Chocolate buttercream frosting requires 1/3 cup of unsweetened cocoa powder in addition to the regular ingredients.