Chocolate and vanilla are all-time favourites for cake icing, but sometimes you want something a little bit different. When you are icing a cake for someone who loves the colour pink, make your own cake frosting. You can do this a few different ways. Make a batch of buttercream frosting and dye it pink, or make a flavoured icing using pink or red fruits. Alternatively, make a lighter, fluffier pink frosting using marshmallow creme.
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Things you need
- 4 sticks unsalted butter
- 1.81 Kilogram icing sugar
- 9 tbsp milk
- 3 1/2 tsp vanilla
- Pink or red food colouring
- Raspberries, strawberries or cherries
- 482gr. jar marshmallow creme
- 3 egg whites
- 1 cup sugar
- 3 tbsp water
- 1/2 tsp cream of tartar
- Double boiler
- Electric mixer
Cream three sticks of room temperature unsalted butter with a mixer. Beat the butter for a few minutes until it is light and creamy.
Sift your icing sugar. Add a cup or so to the butter at a time, incorporating one batch before adding another.
Add the milk and vanilla extract to the mixture and beat on low speed for a minute or two until the frosting has thickened.
Use either pink or red food colouring to the frosting. You will need fewer drops of red food colouring than pink to reach your desired colour. Add a few drops at a time and stir the food colouring into the frosting until you reach the shade of pink you want.
Cream a stick of unsalted butter with your mixer until it is light and fluffy.
Add a pound of confectioners sugar slowly and mix it with the butter until the frosting has thickened.
Thaw half of a 284gr. package of frozen raspberries, strawberries or cherries. With your electric mixer, beat the pink or red fruit into the icing until it is fully incorporated.
Combine a jar of marshmallow creme, egg whites, sugar, water and cream of tartar in a double boiler with boiling water beneath it.
Mix everything together, then beat it with your electric mixer until soft peaks have formed.
Stir 1/2 tsp of vanilla into the mixture, along with a couple drops of red food colouring. Continue adding food colouring until you reach the shade of pink you desire.
Tips and warnings
- Use the food colouring method when you want to achieve a specific shade of pink. It is difficult to get a certain shade with the fruit because you cannot keep adding fruit, as that will make your frosting runny.
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