How to make whipped icing for birthday cakes

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How to make whipped icing for birthday cakes
A simple recipe will give you the same scrumptious frosting your favourite baker uses. (frosting image by Kimberly Reinick from

If you love the fluffy whipped icing the bakeries use on their cakes, it's easy to make your own at home. A simple recipe will ice a two-layer birthday cake with the same scrumptious frosting your favourite baker uses.

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Things you need

  • 2 tsp unflavored gelatin
  • 8 tsp cold water
  • 2 cups heavy whipping cream (very cold)
  • 1/2 cups confectioners' sugar
  • 1 tsp clear vanilla extract
  • Small saucepan
  • Medium mixing bowl
  • Electric mixer/beater

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  1. 1

    Chill the mixing bowl and beaters for about an hour.

  2. 2

    Combine unflavored gelatin and cold water in small saucepan. Set aside, allowing it to stand until thick.

  3. 3

    Put thickened mixture in a saucepan over low heat, and stir constantly until the gelatin dissolves. Do not overcook. Remove the pan from the heat and allow it to cool slightly.

  4. 4

    Combine cream, sugar and vanilla with an electric mixer in the chilled mixing bowl until it's slightly thickened.

  5. 5

    Add gelatin gradually to the whipped cream mixture while beating slowly.

  6. 6

    Whip at a high speed until the mixture is stiff.

Tips and warnings

  • Cakes iced with whipped frostings must be kept refrigerated.
  • For a chocolate version, substitute cocoa for half the confectioners' sugar.

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