Take your pastry decorations to a new decadent level
Lookout for Amoretti's Gourmet Icings at Williams-Sonoma this November!
With the holidays right around the corner, there is so much to being prepping. Your to-do lists seems to increasingly continue to grow.
After all, you have gifts to shop for, groceries to buy and holiday dinners and parties to plan… and making it look effortless isn’t easy.
Of Course, every holiday treat needs a little something special, and there’s no better way than to show your holiday spirit than to use Amoretti’s Gourmet Icings.
Available at Williams-Sonoma this November, these icings will put you and your loved ones in the creative and festive mood for the holidays.
Amoretti’s Gourmet Icings are the perfect tool for the “at-home culinary connoisseur with an arsenal of never-ending ideas.” You can use this icing in three ways: spread, piped, or whipped. With options available like buttercream, ganache, cream cheese, or whipping cream you can transform your Boring holiday treats into something decadent and decorative.
You can choose from an array of flavors at Williams-Sonoma. Start with the traditional chocolate fudge or vanilla white icing. Then when the holidays really get underway, you can try the the lemon, orange creamm, salted caramel, or strawberry!
Try using them to glam up holiday treats like beignets, truffles, cream puffs, or even pastry shells, to add a hint of elegant flavor. You can even heat them up so they soften as a glaze for bundt cakes, cake pops, cinnamon rolls, doughnuts, or waffles.
Frosting is thick and fluffy with a butter or cream base. You spread on with a knife or spatula, or pipe it through a pastry bag. Frosting is sturdy enough to hold up decorations on cakes and cupcakes. Frosting stays soft and fluffy, and is best suited for cakes, cupcakes, and cookies that won&apost be stacked one one top of the other.
We&aposre making a tangy cream cheese frosting. This recipe made enough frosting to spread on one dozen cupcakes. If you&aposd like to pipe a thick swirl on top your cupcakes, double the recipe.
Basic Cream Cheese Frosting
- 8-ounce package of cream cheese
- 1/3 cup butter
- 1 1/2 tablespoons sour cream
- 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
- 1 1/3 to 1 1/2 cups confectioners&apos sugar (add the larger amount of sugar for a stiffer consistency)
- Pinch of salt
- Before you begin, you want your ingredients to be at cool room temperature — not refrigerator-cold but not soft enough to spread on toast. If the cream cheese and butter are too cold, they&aposll be too firm to mix easily if they&aposre too warm, your frosting will be very soft and may be difficult to use.
- Start by beating the cream cheese until smooth. You can also use a food processor to make frosting instead of an electric mixer.
- Add the butter and beat to combine, scraping down the sides of the bowl with a rubber spatula.
- Beat in the confectioners&apos sugar and the pinch of salt. Ingredients such as powdered sugar and cocoa powder should be sifted before you add them to the mixing bowl.
- Add the sour cream and vanilla extract. Beat until smooth, scraping down the sides of the bowl.
And it&aposs as easy as that — your frosting is ready to use. If you need to refrigerate it before using, bring it back up to room temperature, return it to the mixer, and beat it for a minute or so for the best consistency. In between uses, keep frostings and icings covered with a damp cloth and some plastic wrap.
Frosting too thick? You can easily thin frostings to the desired consistency by adding milk, juice, water, or other liquids.
Now you know how to make frosting, let&aposs see a few different ways to pipe with it, and make your cupcakes look professional.
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Difference Between Frosting and Icing
While frosting can be piped into high swirls, icing is generally spread or poured onto cupcakes. Icing is typically flat, smooth, and shiny. Icing is also great on cupcakes!
If you like the look of icing, try caramel icing or ganache.
Glaze is similar to icing, but it is typically more runny until it sets. You see glazes on donuts and donut holes. Mirror glazes are extremely shiny and make for a stunning presentation.
21 Ways To Bling Out Your Brownies
Fudge and nuts is just the beginning, people. Get swaggy.
Most of these ideas will work with any basic brownie as a starting point. If your favorite comes out of a box, you're in good company. Or a lot of people in the world seem to like Katharine Hepburn's family recipe. Now, here's how to add a little swag:
CITRUS JUICE AND ZEST
Give your buttercream a fresh squeeze with citrus juice and zest. Lemons, limes, oranges, tangerines and even blood oranges make delicious frostings for summer bakes or light fruit-flavored desserts.
When using citrus zest, we suggest using a zester or super-fine grater. The fine blades of these tools make it easier to avoid the pith, or that white, bitter part of the citrus skin.
For even more flavor, citrus juice can be used in place of milk or water in your frosting.
Buttercream Recipes Using Citrus Juice and Zest:
For best results, we recommend substituting the butter in your frosting with solid vegetable shortening to let that citrus flavor shine through! You can also use a combination of zest and juice to enhance your frosting with a citrusy punch.
18 Homemade Frosting Recipes for Cakes, Cupcakes, and More( 7 Votes)
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Whether you're making a cake from scratch or want a special garnish on those cookies, there's always a need for an easy frosting recipe. Our collection has all of our favorites in one place: cream cheese, chocolate cake, buttercream, and more. All you'll have to do is find the perfect dessert to serve with 'em! So go ahead, frost that cake with confidence, find cupcake and cake topping ideas, and decorate your cookies to your heart's content.
These homemade frosting recipes will be the perfect addition to your favorite desserts. Mix and match cake bases with these delicious and unique frosting recipes to create one-of-a-kind dessert creations that the whole family will love.
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Once you see how easy it is to make this rich Chocolate Buttercream Frosting, you'll wonder why you ever bought canned stuff. We've been told this classic homemade frosting recipe is one of the best around!
This recipe for Buttercream Frosting is a must-have on all of your special-occasion cakes. From birthday cakes to holiday cakes, you'll get rave reviews from your family and friends once they get a taste of this great sweet treat!
Our quick and easy homemade Sour Cream Frosting is made with only 4 simple ingredients, which you probably already have on hand. The end result is a fresh-tasting creamy topping for any dessert!
Our Old Fashioned Southern Chocolate Frosting is a glossy, sweet, and perfect for topping cakes that you want to fancy up with decorating gel. And it tastes as good as it looks, too!
Our Fluffy Pudding Frosting is a must-have. It's a basic, easy frosting recipe that can be used to make all of your cakes and cupcakes even better. This homemade frosting recipe is a keeper.
While our Peppermint Frosting is the perfect addition to any holiday cake, it's also great on after-dinner desserts, too! We just love the cool, refreshing, mint flavor!
How do you make your chocolate cakes and cupcakes taste even better? Top 'em off with our fluffy Peanut Butter Frosting. This decadent and fluffy topping is the stuff peanut butter lovers' dreams are made of.
This rich Cream Cheese Pecan Frosting has just the right amount of crunch from pecans and is perfect for a red velvet cake or, really, any cake!
Adding a little bit of coffee to chocolate gives it an extra-rich taste that makes it hard to forget, which is just what we did with our Mocha Frosting. Now you have another way to get your coffee fix in all day long!
We fashioned this Vanilla Butter Frosting recipe after a recipe we found topping cupcakes at a school bake sale. The rich buttery taste says this is certainly homemade and ready for topping almost anything.
There's so much to love in this easy homemade frosting recipe. Our Caramel Frosting is a great change-of-pace from your everyday chocolate, vanilla, and buttercream frosting. Give it a try for a surprisingly delicious new flavor on all your baked goods!
What's the secret to a chocolate lovers heart? How about a chocolate cake frosted with our Dark Chocolate Buttercream Frosting? Now that's what we call decadence!
If you go crazy for cinnamon desserts, then you'll love our Cinnamon Buttercream Frosting. With this recipe, you can top all of your favorite cakes, cupcakes, and cookies with a bit of easy and creamy cinnamon flavor.
This is the kind of frosting we expect you'd see on cupcakes at a bake sale in the South. That's cause this Banana Pudding Frosting has all the flavor of a traditional Southern dessert favorite, in a creamy and spreadable form!
Carrot cake just isn't carrot cake unless it's topped with cream cheese frosting. Here's one you'll find yourself using again and again, 'cause it works on almost any cake. (It's even great on our Iced Carrot Cake Cookies!)
Simple, sweet, and a little tart, our Lemon Frosting is an easy homemade frosting that can be used to top any of your best cakes. It's perfect for all of your spring desserts, but can be enjoyed any time you'd like!
A simple way to dress up your holiday cakes or Valentine's Day desserts is to top 'em off with some red velvet frosting. Our recipe for Red Velvet Frosting tastes just as good as it looks, and pairs with everything from chocolate to vanilla.
BONUS - Diabetic-Friendly! You can have your cake and eat it too, especially when it's topped with our low-sugar Vanilla Frosting! This is the perfect frosting for all of your favorite diabetic-friendly cakes! With just the right mixture of sweet and creamy, this is one that's good enough to eat by the spoonful (just one!).
Now that you're armed with all these great icing recipes, don't forget to check out our Test Kitchen tips and tricks for How to Frost a Cake and How to Make Glaze!
- 1/4 cup plus 2 tablespoons unsweetened Dutch-process cocoa powder
- 1/4 cup plus 2 tablespoons boiling water
- 1 1/2 cups (3 sticks) unsalted butter, room temperature
- 1/2 cup confectioners' sugar, sifted
- Pinch of kosher salt
- 1 pound best-quality semisweet chocolate, melted and cooled
Combine cocoa and the boiling water, stirring until cocoa has dissolved. With an electric mixer on medium-high speed, beat butter, confectioners' sugar, and salt until pale and fluffy. Reduce speed to low. Add melted and cooled chocolate, beating until combined and scraping down sides of bowl as needed. Beat in the cocoa mixture. If not using immediately, frosting can be refrigerated up to 5 days, or frozen up to 1 month, in an airtight container. Before using, bring to room temperature, and beat on low speed until smooth again.
Create Art with YourDog Treat Icing
OK, a work of art may be a stretch. But dog treat icing is one of the most enjoyable aspects of making homemade dog biscuits! We have several dog cake recipes to get you started.
Really, if you can imagine it, you can decorate it on a dog treat. You can also use food coloring to make the icing just the color you want. A small amount of people safe food coloring should not cause any problems.
Not really the creative type? No problem, you can make your designs as simple as you want. Or you can review how some of the fancy dog bakeries are decorating their goodies. Then customize it for your own pampered little one.
The same guidelines that apply to your homemade treats should apply to the icing as well. For example you will want to avoid making foods poisonous to dogs by being aware of the amount of sugar, salt and other ingredients included in the recipe.
However, dog treat frosting is one place where you may choose to use more decadent ingredients. This is an acceptable practice if:
- it is rarely given as a treat
- you keep a close eye on the serving size
- the icing is a small portion of the overall dog cookie
Otherwise you may be dealing with an upset tummy over something that is suppose to be a special treat!
Icing or dog treat frosting is really just a coating on treats and cakes. You can choose from several dog treat ingredients to make your dog treat icing.
Base Ingredients to Choose from Include:
- Yogurt - plain is preferred
Icing makes your dog cakes and treats special and even gift worthy for that special dog friend. With so many choices for dog frosting, you'll never have boring homemade dog cookies again!
30 Charming (and Easy!) Homemade Cupcake Recipes & Decorating Ideas
Make dazzling homemade cupcakes for any occasion with our delicious recipes and simple decorating tips. Plus, get our best ever cake recipes!
You probably already have all the ingredients you need for these classy cupcakes, which are a lovely addition to a Mother's Day tea party.
These breathtaking flower-inspired cupcakes look good and taste even better.
Get the recipe at The Bearfoot Baker.
Bring the campfire inside with these toasted s'mores cupcakes.
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Use decorative chocolate to put something sweet on top of your cupcakes.
Get the recipe at Natasha's Kitchen.
Pipe these adorable daisies on your cupcakes&mdashperfect for spring!
Get the recipe at I Am Baker.
You can make these sweet and simple cupcakes up to two days ahead&mdashjust store in an airtight container in the fridge!
You'll never eat a churro the same way again after tasting this sweet dessert mashup.
Get the recipe at The Domestic Rebel.
These adorable cupcakes would blend right in among your garden's colorful blooms. Bake them in mini terracotta pots then add Oreo crumble topping and paper flower toothpicks for decoration.
Get the recipe at This Silly Girl's Life.
The only thing better than pineapple upside down cake? Pineapple upside down cupcakes!
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An easy-to-make cupcake that combines our love of dessert and farm animals? Sign us up!
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It doesn't get any cuter than these sweet cupcakes that are baked directly inside lemon rinds.
Get the recipe at Brit + Co.
The "cherries" on these cupcakes are actually red M&Ms. Use a small piping tool to create stripes across the top and then add a thicker outline to resemble crust.
Get the recipe at Your Cup of Cake.
The key to making these too-cute treats is arranging pretzel sticks, candy pieces, and mini marshmallows to look like a tiny campfire.
Get the recipe at Betty Crocker.
To enjoy this delicious summer fruit in colorful dessert form, add red and green food coloring to your recipe and mix chocolate chip "seeds" into the batter.
Get the recipe at Cincy Shopper.
For classic and simple cupcakes, mix Basic Vanilla Cake batter and divide among two lined 24-cup mini-muffin pans. Bake at 400 degrees F about 10 minutes. Cool and ice with Fluffy Butter Frosting. Top with red and blue sprinkles and mini American flags if you're feeling patriotic, or mix up the toppings to suit any season.
Dress up ordinary cupcakes with pretty frosting dots, sparkling sugar, and fondant flourishes. Add food coloring to white frosting to get your desired colors, then get creative with different-size pastry tips. For quick cupcake toppers, get precolored fondant, roll into thin sheets on parchment paper, and create shapes with cookie cutters or a knife.
Store-bought frosting can save time, but homemade icing always takes the cake. Try Maple-Butter Frosting for our maple cupcakes.
Kitchen Tip: Freezing cupcakes is a great way to have them at a moment's notice. Bake a batch and cool completely. Place on a tray, wrap well with plastic wrap, and freeze for up to three months. Unwrap and thaw completely before icing.