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How To Make Icing

by cheree Published on 13 December 2007
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Cakes topped with sugary coloured icing look so much better! Here's how to make perfect icing.

Ingredients to make around 300g of icing:

1 egg white
250-300g sifted powdered icing sugar

- Pour the egg white into a bowl and gradually add the icing sugar in small amounts whilst stirring.
Continue beating until the icing becomes firm and shiny and has the consistency of a topping. Little peaks should appear when you take out the spoon.
- Cover the bowl with a warm tea towel for a few minutes before using the icing.
- Pour onto the surface of the cake. The icing will spread out slowly.
- Using a metallic spatula, spread out the mixture until you get it perfect.
- To make patterns or write in icing, use a nozzle. If you don’t have one, make a cone out of tracing paper or greaseproof paper.

Tips

- For colourful and tangy icing, use lemon or orange juice (without pulp) instead of egg white. If the mixture is too watery, add a bit more icing sugar.
- You can also replace the orange juice with water and a drop of cocoa powder, coffee or vanilla.
- For more different colours and tastes, use natural flavours and colouring, but make sure you don’t put in too much!

by cheree

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