Help! Need Vanilla Icing Recipe!!

Discussion in 'Egg, Chicken, & Other Favorite Recipes' started by Megan04, Mar 10, 2009.

  1. Megan04

    Megan04 Out Of The Brooder

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    Hey, I need a good vanilla icing recipe! I can't seem to be able to find a tried and true one! Thanks in advance!!
     
  2. onebuggirl

    onebuggirl Chillin' With My Peeps

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    1c powdered sugar
    2T milk or less
    1T vanilla extract!
     
  3. CovenantCreek

    CovenantCreek Chicks Rule!

    Oct 19, 2007
    Franklin, TN
    For icing what -- cakes or cookies? Might make a difference in what kind of recipe will work for you. [​IMG]
     
  4. Megan04

    Megan04 Out Of The Brooder

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    [​IMG] Cake! Thanks!
     
  5. lisahaschickens

    lisahaschickens Chillin' With My Peeps

    Feb 25, 2009
    Vancouver, WA
    your basic vanilla buttercream (not french or italian buttercream, which is a ton of work and unpredictable) is to beat two sticks softened butter until creamy, and then beat in powdered sugar to taste, generally, 1/2 lb powdered to 1/2 lb butter (two sticks). Add 1-2 tsp pure, real vanilla extract, a tiny pinch of salt if you didn't use salted butter (I always use salted butter... trust me, you want salt in it one way or another... otherwise it won't have balanced flavor), and beat until fluffy. If it is too thick, add a few drops of milk, but you shouldn't need to. This same recipe can be varied with other flavors - omit vanilla and add orange or lemon zest, other other flavored extracts like mint or almond, etc.

    This is your basic real vanilla buttercream frosting and works well on everything. My advice: don't use shortening! Hyrdogrenated oils are really bad for you, are the main cause of heart disease, and have no flavor. Real butter is the way to go, baby.

    If you want a lighter icing, you can just do Chantilly Creme (whipped cream) - whip cold, very fresh cream to soft peaks, add regular sugar and vanilla to taste (only a little of each) and beat to desired consistency. It is a lovely, light, vanilla frosting for delicate cakes. Be careful not to overbeat or you'll have butter instead [​IMG]
     
  6. The Chicken Lady

    The Chicken Lady Moderator Staff Member

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    Add some meringue powder to your cake icing if you want it to "set up" more quickly, too.
     
  7. BarkerChickens

    BarkerChickens Microbrewing Chickenologist

    Nov 25, 2007
    High Desert, CA
    We use a vanilla cream cheese icing, which is

    Cream cheese
    powdered sugar
    Butter
    vanilla extract

    not sure what proportions since we just throw the stuff together. Either nuke it in the microwave or do in a saucepan. We add lots of vanilla extract! We use it on cakes, cinnamon rolls, cupcakes, etc!
     
  8. lisahaschickens

    lisahaschickens Chillin' With My Peeps

    Feb 25, 2009
    Vancouver, WA
    I agree that cream cheese frosting is absolutly the best... but I wasn't sure that was what was being requested. If you are interested in cream cheese frosting, the proportions are:

    1 pkg cream cheese: 1 stick butter: 1 cup powdered sugar: 1 tsp vanilla extract: 1 pinch salt

    That is for a stiffer, longer lasting frosting, like if things need to stick together.

    for a cheesier, tastier frosting, it's:

    2pkg cream cheese: 1 stick butter: 2 cups powdered sugar: 2 tsp vanilla: 2 pinches salt

    Either way, leave the butter and cream cheese out on the counter until roomtemp, or nuke for just a few seconds to soften, but don't melt! Then cream together, then add other ingredients and beat until light & fluffy.

    good luck!
     
    Last edited: Mar 10, 2009
  9. Megan04

    Megan04 Out Of The Brooder

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    Thanks! I used the Vanilla Buttercream one, man is it ever delicious! But I have to try the Cream Cheese Frosting! Yummy! [​IMG]

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  10. lisahaschickens

    lisahaschickens Chillin' With My Peeps

    Feb 25, 2009
    Vancouver, WA
    I'm glad it worked out for you! I am big into food and am happy to help if ever you have a question, let me know. Often the best things are the simplest [​IMG]
     

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