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1-2-3-4 Icing recipe

Recipe testing is the best thing ever! You get to get make all these delicious recipes that always come out perfectly the first time!

I have come to realize that this is not always true.

About two months ago, I began to brainstorm recipes to start my food blog. One of those recipes included a super easy 1-2-3-4 icing recipe; a recipe that was so easy, I was confident I didn’t need to write it down because it would be easy to remember. When I began to create this post, I knew that I wanted to write about my easy icing recipe. The only problem was that I couldn’t remember what the ratios were…

I knew it was two sticks of butter, powdered sugar, heavy cream and vanilla. I figured it must be 1 cup of powdered sugar, two sticks of butter and then maybe three tablespoons of heavy cream. Perfect, right? It was whipped all light and fluffy and had a beautiful pale yellow color. Must be the perfect icing that I couldn’t help myself by taking a big old spoonful of it!

Let me tell you the mistake that was! It was like I put a spoonful of butter straight in my mouth! Apparently, icing requires a bunch of powdered sugar to take a plain ole’ stick of butter into sweet, fluffy icing!

Don’t worry though because I have went through all the sweet buttery spoonfuls to create the perfect 1-2-3-4 icing for you! This icing is so easy, you’ll want to make cupcakes every single day! I mean, I always want to have cupcakes in my house, but this icing will make it even more tempting. It’s such a sweet, fluffy soft icing that would be perfect with any type of cupcake to set on!


1 tablespoon of vanilla

2 sticks of butter, at room temperature

3 tablespoons of cream

4 cups of powdered sugar

Make sure the butter is at room temperature! That is going to be the most crucial step of this recipe! It’s the best way to get a fluffy icing! Add the butter to the bowl of a stand mixer, and add in the powdered sugar. I suggest adding a cup at a time, to make sure that the sugar gets worked into the butter. It, also, helps cut down on the amount of powder sugar that gets flung around the kitchen. Once the butter and powdered sugar are fully mixed together you can begin to add in the cream and vanilla. The mixture might resemble small gravel, but the heavy cream will help smooth out the mixture.

At this point, you can also add in a couple more tablespoons of heavy cream if you’d like! If you are going to be piping with this icing, I would not recommend adding anymore heavy cream. If you want a more light icing for cupcakes, I would add about 3-4 more tablespoons for heavy cream! It’s 100 percent up to your preference!

You’ll want to whip the mixture for about a minute after adding all the ingredients have been added to make sure you get a real light icing!

Ta-da! Super easy, delicious icing at your fingertips! I absolutely love this icing recipe! It works well with any kind of cake, but can also be customized by adding different flavors!

This icing pairs perfectly with sweet, colorful sprinkle cupcakes!


-Holly Michelle

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