Basic Recipes > Water Icing

How to make water icing:
This is the easiest and most economical icing that you can make at home. It is best used for sponge cakes and yeast buns. When making add water to the icing sugar with care because it is very easy to end up with runny icing that will not stay on the cake. This icing can be flavoured and coloured if desired. It is a good idea to have a jug of hot water and a palette knife to smooth the icing on. Simply warm the palette knife in the hot water. This will help you spread the icing more easily.


sifted icing (confectioner's) sugar
very hot water to mix
(see measure conversions for more information)


- Put the icing sugar in a bowl.
- Add hot water a little at a time until a thick paste is achieved.
- Using a warmed palette knife spread the icing onto cake, bun or biscuit, being careful not to pick up any crumbs, as this will spoil the look of the icing.