Everyone loves that taste of cream cheese icing, but everyone knows is is too soft to use for most cake decorating. So what do you do when you want to decorate or even make icing roses in a cream cheese icing? You use a Decorator Cream Cheese Icing. This cream cheese icing has shortening added to it to help stabilize the icing so you can pipe borders, flowers and other decorations. I like to use this icing to pipe on top of cupcakes; it holds its shape really well. 
Decorator Cream Cheese Icing:

1 8oz. pkg. cream cheese
1/4 c. butter
1/2 c. shortening
1 tsp. vanilla
Dash of salt
6-8 c. powdered sugar

Cream together cream cheese, butter, and shortening. Add in vanilla and salt and cream some more. Mix in powdered sugar to desired consistency (6 cups for thinner to ice a cake with, 8 cups for stiffer for decorations. I do a medium consistency for the cupcakes).

Variation: I like to add about 1 T. of orange zest for an orange cream cheese. It is great for carrot cakes.

11/21/2012 14:27

You're awesome teacher! a week ago we're talking about this problem with my husband, and you just gave us the solution :D love u, I can't wait to try it, THANKS

11/21/2012 16:01

I am glad I could help! I hope you are doing well back home. It is great to hear from past students.


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