The traditional choice for flavor and versatility. Vanilla buttercream frosting is softer and more spreadable than most icings. Use for icing cakes, piping borders, writing, flowers, etc. Buttercream can also be prepared with all shortening, resulting in a pure white icing.
In large bowl, beat 1/2 cup shortening and 1/2 cup butter with electric mixer until light and fluffy. Beat in 1 teaspoon vanilla extract.
Gradually add 4 cups sifted powdered sugar, one cup at a time, beating well on medium speed. Scrape sides and bottom of bowl often. When all sugar has been mixed in, icing will appear dry.
Gradually add 2 tablespoons of milk; beat at medium speed until light and fluffy.
For thin spreadable icing: Add 2 tablespoons light corn syrup, water or milk.
For pure white stiff buttercream icing: Omit butter; substitute an additional 1/2 cup shortening for butter and add 1/2 teaspoon No-Color Butter Flavor. Add up to 4 tablespoons light corn syrup, water or milk to thin for icing cakes.
Keep bowl covered with a damp cloth until ready to use.
If using a hand mixer, beat shortening, butter, if used, and liquid first, then add sugar, as above. It may be necessary to add additional sugar for the correct consistency.
Make flowers, rosettes and other decorations in advance using our hard-drying stiff consistency Royal Icing. This smooth, hard-drying icing is perfect for making decorations that last. It is also useful as a "cement" to fasten decorations together. Royal icing is edible, but not recommended for icing cakes.
Buttercream Frosting is rated
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Rated 5 out of
Momma Jo from
It's a Keeper!I'm not a baker and I don't even like icing when eating cake but this is the best icing I have ever eaten and the easiest recipe to make for this beginner! I followed the recipe except I added a tsp of butter flavoring along with the vanilla. I also beat my icing for a good 10 minutes or more to really mix the Crisco and butter. It spread wonderfully and it tasted marvelous! 5 stars from MommaJo!
Date published: 2017-09-13
Rated 1 out of
Horrible recipeTastes exactly as you would expect...extremely sweet and sickeningly artificial thanks to the shortening
Date published: 2017-09-10
Rated 5 out of
AwesomeSo easy first time making it! Read the reviews and was nervous to make after reading the negative ones. Turned out perfect!
Date published: 2017-08-08
Rated 5 out of
Buttercream recipehow about making this recipe so you can print it on 1 page. i tried to print it and all the garbage but the simple instructions with the supplies printed. You have a print button how about fixing it.
Date published: 2017-08-02
Rated 4 out of
So easy!I made this buttercream frosting for my daughters first Birthday cake. I couldn't believe how easy it was to make. I was able to frost my cake effortlessly. As well as pipe the design. Not to mention how delicious it tasted! My husband and I will definitely be using this recipe in the near future.