Hi there! Want to help us test out our new BETA website?

How to Make Homemade Icing

Homemade Icing

To some, icing and frosting are synonymous – but we at Kraft Recipes 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.

How to Make Homemade Icing

Making your own homemade icing is simple, as long as you have the right ingredients. Here’s what you’ll need.

  • Powdered sugar (1 cup)
  • Milk (1-2 tablespoons)
  • Vanilla (1/2 teaspoon)

How to Make Homemade Icing

  • Mix powdered sugar, vanilla, and milk together until spreadable, adding milk 1 tablespoon at a time.
  • Drizzle over cookies, cinnamon rolls or pastry desserts.
  • Let set. Mixture will thicken slightly.

How to Make Icing
Final Tips

Great! You’ve got icing! Now what?

There’s a number of great options from Kraft Recipes 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.