Cake Decorating Icing

Cake Decorating Icing


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About this recipe: The secret to a true white icing is to use clear vanilla extract, available online and in specialty baking shops. This icing is great for cake decorating or for DIY wedding cakes. You can easily adjust its consistency. If you wish, use half margarine and half unsalted butter.

Meghan Rey

Serves: 20 

  • 500g icing sugar
  • 225g margarine
  • 2 tablespoons water
  • 1 teaspoon clear vanilla extract


  1. In a large bowl, combine sugar, margarine, water and vanilla. Beat on low speed to combine, then beat on medium speed for a full five minutes. It won't look like icing at first, but keep the mixer going for a full five minutes, and then you're done!


If you're not using this for decorating, but just for icing the cake, thin the icing by adding 3 tablespoons of golden syrup or water to the icing.

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- Rated on - 25 Aug 2013

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