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How to make sugar & water icing

Updated September 18, 2018

This quick and easy icing has been used in home kitchens for many decades. It can be used to dress up cakes, cookies and other pastries. It's particularly useful if you need a frosting quickly and have run out of some of your other favourite ingredients. With a little imagination, this ordinary icing can become one of your best tools.

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  1. Sift the icing sugar. Put 2 cups of the sifted sugar into a large mixing bowl.

  2. Add 2 tbsp warm water. Beat on high with a hand mixer until smooth and creamy.

  3. Add some sifted sugar by spoonfuls if the icing is too thin for your project. Beat well following each addition. Beat on high to blend thoroughly.

  4. Add warm water, 2 drops at a time, to thin the icing if you are making a glaze to drizzle over a dessert. Beat well on high.

  5. Use the icing immediately, or store in a tightly sealed plastic container in the refrigerator for up to a week. Beat it again before using following a period of storage.

  6. Tip

    Experiment with this versatile confection. Create an easy chocolate icing by simply adding some powdered cocoa. Subtle flavourings such as vanilla, almond or peanut extracts can enhance the icing and completely change its character. Try adding a few drops of peppermint or butterscotch liqueur for elegant tortes.

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Things You'll Need

  • 2 1/2 cups icing sugar

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