Quick and Easy Icing for Cakes and Cupcakes

This is a really easy recipe for basic icing. It only takes a few minutes to make and is perfect for both cakes and cupcakes.Quick and Easy Icing for Cakes and Cupcakes

Let the kids go wild choosing which food colouring to add. It’s also great fun to see what happens when you mix two or more different colours together!

Try this icing on our Easy Chocolate Cake Recipe. The same recipe can be used to make a cake, cupcakes or mini cupcakes!

Quick and Easy Icing for Cakes and Cupcakes


  • 1 ½ cups icing sugar mixture, sifted
  • 1 tablespoon milk, or water
  • Few drops of food colouring
  • Sprinkles or lollies to decorate


  1. Use a spoon to stir icing sugar and milk (or water) in a medium bowl until smooth.
  2. Add food colouring a few drops at a time, mixing thoroughly until icing is the desired colour. Icing should be easily spreadable on the cake but not too runny.
  3. Decorate with sprinkles or lollies, as desired.


If icing is too runny, add more icing sugar. If icing is too thick, add extra milk or water a tiny amount at a time and stir thoroughly. Makes approximately 1 ½ cups of icing. This is usually enough for one standard cake or 12 cupcakes.

Sprinkles Tip when decorating Cupcakes: to avoid sprinkles bouncing all over the place, put some in a bowl. Let the kids dip an iced cupcake upside down into the bowl and the sprinkles will stick while containing the mess!)


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