Decorating Frosting

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Decorating Frosting is a simple frosting that works well for writing or piping on details when decorating cakes and cookies. The consistency of this frosting recipe can be changed to make it flow easily. Being able to adjust the consistency of the frosting is critical when you are doing detailed decorating.

Decorating Frosting can be thinned by adding more half & half or thickened by adding more powdered sugar. This recipe for frosting works well for piping but can also be used to spread over the surface of the cake or cookies. The cake and cookies can be decorated with a piping outline only, frosting all or part of them, or a combination of both. Tinting the frosting can also be done if different colors are needed when decorating a cake or cookies.

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Decorating Frosting


  • 4 c. powdered sugar
  • 1 tsp. vanilla
  • 5 tbsp. of half & half
  • Combine the powdered sugar, vanilla, and 2 tbsp. of half & half in a mixing bowl and beat until well blended.

  • Add the remaining half & half one tablespoon at a time. Add the half & half until the frosting is smooth and the desired consistency. You may not need the entire amount of half & half to get it to the desired thickness.
  • If decorating with different colors of icing divide the icing into smaller batches and add food coloring to achieve desired colors.

  • Use a pastry bag to decorate with piping or writing. If you do not have a pastry bag for decorating, you can use a small bag. Put frosting in one corner and then trim the corner just slightly. Squeeze the frosting through the hole and decorate the cookies.

  • You can also use pre-mixed decorating frosting in a tube with piping tip attached to do the piping on the cake or cookies.
  • Decorate cakes or cookies in any manner you desire. They can be decorated very simply or they can be decorated elaborately with a lot of details. You can use all white frosting or you can color it with food coloring to add some color.

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