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How do you make that fancy frosting that goes on muffins?

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MamaG Tue 04-Aug-09 16:35:56

like this

It's not just buttercream is it?

MrsBadger Tue 04-Aug-09 16:37:56

probably is

eitther that or it's readymade royal icing (buy int he Supercook tub you microwave)

the trick is having a turntable and a big ol' piping bag to do the bloody things neatly

hophophippidtyhop Tue 04-Aug-09 16:42:29

It is.I borrowed this fron the library and it's got some great icing ideas.I've tried the fondant icing and it's great - like glace but dries harder. I did a base coat, iced some outlines with royal icing after drying, and filled in with a different colour fondant. Haven't tried the buttercream stuff yet.

arolf Tue 04-Aug-09 16:46:43

could be cream cheese frosting?

if you scroll down here the second picture is of lovely cupcakes with cream cheese frosting (just ignore the messy sofa behind them my DP is still shaking his head over that)

it holds shape beautifully, and pipes well too. think I got the recipe from cupcake blog, will try and hunt it down.

StirlingTheTired Tue 04-Aug-09 18:12:40

This is nice vanilla frosting - you could add colouring if you want to brighten it up a bit!

250g icing sugar
80g butter, at room temp
25ml whole milk
couple drops vanilla extract

Beat icing suagr and butter using electric mixer until it comes together. Turn mixer down to slow and add vanilla, and then the milk a small amount at a time. Then turn up the speed and keep mixing until light and fluffy - the longer you beat it the fluffier it becomes!!

PlumBumMum Tue 04-Aug-09 18:16:47

Think it is just buttercream,
I have a recipe for cream cheese frosting its much runnier, I thought that was how it was supposed to look but it isn't!

PlumBumMum Tue 04-Aug-09 18:19:50

just noticed arolf's post, I'd like that recipe too, as I use a Rachael Allen one and it is runny,
unless are you supposed to put it in the fridge for awhile?

dizzydixies has yummy hummingbird cupcakes on here that are yummy with cream cheese frosting!

MamaG Tue 04-Aug-09 20:45:30


arolf Wed 05-Aug-09 20:47:00

just remembered this thread

here is a recipe for nice red velvet cupcakes with the frosting recipe about halfway down (btw, this blog has some AMAZING recipes, the red velvet being one of my favourites!)

here's the recipe cut and pasted too:
Vanilla Bean Cream Cheese Frosting

12 ounces or 1-1/2 packages of Philly cream cheese
1/2 stick butter
4-5 cups sifted powdered sugar
seeds of 1/2 vanilla bean
1 teaspoon vanilla extract

bring cheese and butter to room temperature by letting it sit out for 1 or 2 hours
sift powdered sugar into a bowl or onto parchment
beat butter and cheese at medium speed until creamy
add 4 cups of the sugar and beat until combined
add vanillas and beat until combined
add more sugar until you get to the consistency and sweetness you like

OnlyWantsOne Wed 05-Aug-09 20:52:53

arolf how many cup cakes would that ice? your cakes look yummy btw x

Overmydeadbody Wed 05-Aug-09 21:21:53

When I want a white icing for cupcakes I make a cooked icing, which is basically egg whites wipped up until stiff, then melted sugar added to it while shisking in a steady stream with the bowl over a pan of boiling water. The result is a lovely meringuey marshmallow type frosting that goes hard on the outside and doesn't have the sickly fatty taste of buttercream.

Failing that, a lot of the time it is just whipped cream and sugar.

arolf Wed 05-Aug-09 22:07:31

onlywantsone - the recipe there covers 36 cupcakes, but I think the blog author tends to use a LOT of frosting per cake - however, that's not necessarily a bad thing! it's very yummy! I think I tended to scale back on quantities a lot, as my cupcakes are british sized, so take less icing. IT's a great icing for carrot cake and banana cake too btw!

MamaG Thu 06-Aug-09 10:44:41

oh thanks

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