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Topic: Bunnywoman - Buttercream/Decorator Icing Recipe
gamergates 02/14/2008 11:04 AM
Bunnywoman, You had said in a reply to me that you had a butter cream icing recipe somewhere on the forums. I can't find it. I found CharismaticCake, hpjmom and pterrell's recipes but not yours. Do you mind pointing me in the right direction?

thanks in advance,

Deb in Austin
gi-gi 02/15/2008 10:22 AM
I would also love your recipe bunnywoman...I think you are just great...Thank you in advance!!
bunnywoman 02/15/2008 10:24 AM
Heck I can't find it!!!!! I know it is on here about 3 or 4 times. I am just gonna post it again here for you.

From: Bunnywoman

1 cup Crisco shortening
1 cup butter (can use salted or unsalted)- softened
1/3 cup luke warm water
1 tsp popcorn salt
1 tsp clear vanilla
1 tsp almond extract
1 tsp butter extract
2 lb. bag of powder sugar

**** I recommend using a stand-up mixer (Kitchen Aid) for this.****

Cream together the butter and Crisco until nice and fluffy. (I use speed 6 for this on my KA.)

Measure out the luke warm water in a standard measuring cup and dissolve the popcorn salt in this water.
I then add the flavorings to the cup. Stir it up well with a spoon.
Turn your mixer speed to the lowest possible setting and add in the powdered sugar slowly. Alternate back and forth
with the water mixture. Keep the mixer on low until all liquid and powdered sugar are combined.
Once combined then turn the mixer up a notch and mix well. Approximately 2-3 minutes.

Heavy cream or milk can be substituted for the water too. This will make for a smoother, creamier frosting. Refrigerate your
cake if you use these.

You can mix and match flavorings in my recipe. I have done all sorts of different combinations. I love Lorann
Flavorings in this too!!!!! They have over 30+ different flavors!!!!!

This will make what I call between thin to medium consistency icing. I can frost my cakes just fine with this
and do simple borders as well.

To make roses: If I have to make a ton of roses (and only roses) I use the same recipe above, BUT I half everything. Meaning, ½ cup of shortening, ½ cup butter
etc. etc. etc. Instead of 1/3 cup water……. I add ¼ cup water. This will give you a stiffer icing, but not so stiff it will make your hand feel like it is gonna fall off!!!!

Everyone’s hand grip is different so if you feel this is still too stiff for you add and additional tsp(s) of water and mix again. It just needs to be stiff enough to hold the petal shape, but yet flow decently out of the tip. Play with it. See what works for your liking.

This icing gets rave reviews by my customers, friends, and family.

sandyyydandy 02/15/2008 3:09 PM
Bunnywoman, W

Would you recommend using all crisco instead of 1/2 crisco 1/2 butter for this recipe? I'm just worried about the color and I need a pure white frosting. Thanks!
gi-gi 02/15/2008 3:15 PM
Thank you so much truly are very generous with your recipes and advice...thank you ...I wish that you were my instructor!!!

Edited: 02/15/2008 3:15 PM by Moderator

katie-kakes 02/18/2008 11:25 AM
dear bunnywoman, I am just starting the wilton class and would like to ask about using popcorn salt in the buttercream icing? My instructor said that one of the other instructors was using it but did not why. I was wondering why popcorn salt and not regular salt? thank -you for your time and answer. katie-kakes

Edited: 02/18/2008 11:25 AM by Moderator

bunnywoman 02/18/2008 12:08 PM
Come on down Gi-GI!!!!!!!! I'll take ya in my class.

SANDYYYDANDY: You certainly can. It won't effect it at all. It will just produce the "white-white" frosting.

Oh one other thing ladies..................

I have done recently with a suggestion of my dear friend Sharon "Sugarshack" to replace the liquid with coffee creamer. Let me explain so as not to have any confusion.

What I do is go equal ratios. So for example: if I need 1/3 cup liquid........I take 1/3 cup water and nuke it in the microwave till it boils. Then to that boiling water I add 1/3 cup powdered (dry) coffee creamer. Blend with a spoon to dissolve it completely. I use this for a "KICKED up NOTCH" on my icing. Since Sugarshack told me this I am forever in her debt. It really makes for a nice smooth, creamy icing. I like to use the "extra creamy" coffee creamer too. Try it and see what you think.

I purchased her Buttercream DVD and she has a fondant DVD coming out. Check it out at: She is awesome!!!!!!

Sugarshacks icing is different than mine. She uses all high ratio shortening in her recipe and swears by it.
bunnywoman 02/18/2008 4:14 PM
KATIE-KAKES: The popcorn salt is a finer grain of salt. Regular table salt has a coarser grain to it therefore it doesn't like to dissolve as well in the liquid. Never just dump in salt in the mixing bowl. Always dissolve it first before adding it in. I have found also that when I was using just the regular table salt if I colored my icing it would make it all spotty. Meaning if I made black icing it would get purple spots or blue spots all dotted throughout. I switched to the popcorn salt and all my troubles were over.

Please share this info with your instructor.

Good Luck in class!

Edited: 02/18/2008 4:14 PM by Moderator

gi-gi 02/19/2008 11:08 AM
Thank you bunnywoman the problem is that I live in Barrie Ontario Canada! Thank you for the tip on the coffee creamer I am going to try it on my next cake!
bunnywoman 02/19/2008 4:00 PM
Good Luck! Let me know if I can help you further.

Jacknmollymom 02/29/2008 11:46 AM
Bunnywoman where do you teach? I keep hearing your praise and would love to learn under your wing. I have completed course 1 and 2. Also, I am looking for other good frosting recipes. My famly has grown tired of the same ol thing... THANK YOU!!!
bunnywoman 03/02/2008 8:33 PM
I am in Iowa right out in the middle of no where! HA! HA!
CooleyCakes 12/15/2008 10:48 AM
Hey! So I made the buttercream icing this weekend ... AMAZING!! WOW!! Hahah ... it was awesome. I have almost half the icing left and I was wondering how long it lasts. I put it in a tupperware and put it in the fridge. Is that OK? How long will it last? If I want to use it next weekend, how should I prepare it to use? Any info would be great. Thanks!
bunnywoman 12/15/2008 4:20 PM
I usually put it in a tupperware container and then I put a piece of saran wrap and then seal the lid on top. Put it in the frig. I have used it a month out. It will/can lose some of its butter flavor to it. So what I do is take it out of the frig and set it on the counter for it to come to room temperature. Once it is softened (so at least you can stir it with a spoon or spatula) then I add another 1 tsp butter extract to it and whip it back and forth with a spatula/spoon OR you can even use your mixer again.

Give it a taste first before adding anymore extract to it. I like the really pungent flavors so I taste it and if it lost some of its flavor then I add a little more to bring it back to life.

Good luck,
Dreamt Illusions 01/15/2009 3:26 PM
Thank you so much for this recipe! A friend and I are getting together to attempt some MMF cakes today. She made the wilton recipe and wasn't too impressed. I wasn't even half way through your recipe and it smelled amazing! This is the first time I have made buttercream and it is the best I've ever had!

I am using it under MMF. For future reference if I wanted a whiter buttercream would I just use more shortening? Will it change the flavor? Would I adjust the flavoring to add more butter extract if I was using less butter?

Right now the color is not an issue...Just curious for down the road.

Many many thanks!
bunnywoman 01/16/2009 8:07 AM
To achieve an all-white icing you need to use all shortening. Just omit the butter and use the same amount of shortening in its place. I think it tastes different. I like the richness of the butter taste so that is why I do the half and half combo. There is nothing wrong with using all shortening. I, then in turn, would add another tsp more butter extract to give it a boost in flavor.
Renescakes 01/16/2009 8:11 AM
popcorn salt? lol How interesting, curious as to why it has to be a popcorn salt
bunnywoman 01/16/2009 2:44 PM
The white popcorn salt is a finer grain of salt which dissolves nicely in the warm liquid. That is why I use it. 01/16/2009 2:44 PM
bunnywoman, was just wondering if you had a "whippy" icing recipe for wedding cakes or any ideas.... My niece wants a wedding cake with "whippy" icing???????
KatieLG 01/20/2009 4:36 PM

One of your earlier posts suggested the substitution of coffee whitener. That would be Coffeemate right? I was wondering, have you ever tried that substitution with one of the flavoured whiteners such as hazelnut or the irish cream?