I am a big fan of all things homemade, but let's face it, baking isn't always a "quick" task. I've found these four items to be very helpful when whipping up any kind of cake.
1. Creamy White Decorator Icing: Comes in a 4.5lb tub (which will yield about 9 cups of frosting). Great for piping or decorating. Keeps in the refrigerator for up to two weeks after use.
2. Clear Vanilla Extract: Adds a touch of vanilla flavor to premade icing and doesn't change the color of the icing at all. (love it!)
3. White-White Icing Color: Homemade buttercream frosting tends to have a slight yellow color to it. This magic little potion somehow turns the frosting bright white with just a few drops!
4. Icing Colors: These are my go-to icing colors. Much better than the bottles you can buy at the grocery store. These allow you to achieve the perfect hue by adding however much color you need. They also come in a wide variety of shades.