To some, icing and frosting are synonymous – but we at My Food and Family know better. Made with a simple mixture of powdered sugar and (typically) milk, spreading icing onto a baked good will help create a soft, sugary shell.
Thinner and glossier than frosting, icing adds a burst of sugary flavor to any sweet treat. You likely encounter frosting – that birthday staple – more often, usually on cakes, cupcakes, and brownies. Icing, on the other hand, can be more commonly found as a glaze on cookies or pastries.
Neither will steer you wrong, but icing’s typically much less dense and sometimes it’s just the topping for the job.
Making your own homemade icing is simple, as long as you have the right ingredients. Here’s what you’ll need.
Great! You’ve got icing! Now what?
There’s a number of great options from My Food and Family for your new icing talents. We recommend these great Apple Pie Bars where they add the perfect finish to this new twist on a classic American treat. This Cinnamon Pull-Apart Bread makes a fantastic morning treat, afternoon snack or late-night dessert.
There’s a number of different substitutions you can make for milk, for those with allergies or who just want to try something new. Water will make your icing thinner, while heavy cream can serve to make your icing richer and thicker. Lemon or other fruit juices work great for a zesty citrus glaze. Don’t be afraid to get creative. Try this Lemony Monkey Bread, which uses PHILADELPHIA Cream Cheese for lip-smacking icing we went ape for.