Easy Cake Icing Recipes
German Cake Frosting Recipes

Decorate your German cakes with these cake icing recipes. These easy cake frosting recipes will turn your cake into something special. Not only do these frosting recipes taste good but are easy to prepare.

Cakes can be decorated with a variety of toppings, each of which can be flavoured to suit the cake. Choose from butter cream, glace icing or your favourite cake frosting.

I often use a simple butter cream recipe to decorate my German apple cake. Thus making it so easy to decorate for special occasions. Butter cream is one of my favourite easy cake icing recipes.

Decorating CakesGlace Icing

100g (4oz) icing sugar
few drops of vanilla or almond flavouring (optional)
colouring (optional)

Sift the icing sugar into a bowl. Add a few drops of vanilla or almond flavouring if wished. Gradually add 1 tbsp warm water. The icing should be thick enough to coat the back of a spoon. If necessary add more water or sugar to add consistency. Add colouring and use at once.

Makes about 100g (4oz)


Orange or Lemon
Replace the water with 1 tbsp drained orange or lemon juice.

Dissolve 1 level tsp cocoa powder and 2 level tsp instant coffee granules in the 1 tbsp hot water.

Dissolve 2 level tsp cocoa powder in the 1 tbsp hot water.

Flavour with 1 tsp coffee essence or dissolve 2 level tsp instant coffee granules in the 1 tbsp hot water.

How to use Glace Icing
If you are coating the top and sides of the cake, stand on a wire rack with a tray underneath to catch the drips. As soon as the icing reaches a coating consistency and looks smooth and glossy, pour it from the bowl on to the centre of the cake.

Allow the icing to run down the sides guiding it with a palette knife. Keep a little icing to fill the gaps. Scrape up an icing which falls under the rack and use this, making sure there are no cake crumbs or it will ruin the appearance.

If the sides are decorated and only the top is to have glace icing, pour the icing on to the centre of the cake and spread it with a palette knife, stopping just inside the edges to prevent it dripping down the sides.

If the top is to be iced and the sides left plain, protect them with a band of greaseproof paper tied around the cake and projecting a little above it. Pour on the icing and let it find its own level. Peel off the paper when the icing is hard.

Arrange any ready-made decorations such as nuts, cherries or sweets in position as soon as the icing has thickened and formed a skin.

Butter Cream Icing

Another one of my cake icing recipes is butter cream. Dead easy to make and such a favourite with adults and kids too.

75g (3oz) soft butter
175g (7oz) icing sugar
few drops of vanilla flavouring
1-2 tbsp warm water

Put the butter in a bowl and cream until soft. Sift and gradually beat in the icing sugar, then add the vanilla flavouring and water.

Makes about 250g (10 oz)


Orange or Lemon
Replace the vanilla flavouring with a little finely grated lemon or orange rind. Add a little juice from the fruit instead of the water, beating well to avoid curdling.

Replace the vanilla flavouring with 2 tsp instant coffee granules dissolved in some of the hot liquid. Cool before adding to the mixture. Or replace 1 tbsp of the liquid with the same amount of coffee essence.

Dissolve 1 level tbsp cocoa powder in a little hot water and cool before add to the mixture.

To Use Butter Cream
It can be used as a filling or icing. Spread it over the top of the cake only, or over the top and sides. Decorate by making swirls with a palette knife and mark with the prongs of a fork. For more elaborate decoration, butter cream can be piped on top of the cake as well.

When you next bake a cake try these delicious easy icing recipes. You can also using them for decorating cookies as well.

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Zachary - USA

Tremendous website. I lived in Germany for almost 14 years. Your recipes have me excited about getting back into German cooking. Thanks so much!

How To Make Vanilla SugarMake your own vanilla sugar to use in German cakes, cookies and German dessert recipes.