Whip your softened butter and Crisco (or high ratio shortening) on speed 6 (on a KA) for about 7-8 minutes using the paddle attachment. It will lighten in color and be super creamy!
Turn your mixer to the lowest setting and ..........
Then add your flavorings.
Add your powdered sugar and liquids and mix until just combined.
Once combined, then turn up your mixer to speed 6 again and beat for roughly about 7-8 minutes. It will be AWESOME!!!!!
Give it another shot and check back in..........................
Domino's 10X POWDERED sugar shouldn't be gritty. Maybe your tongue is ultra sensitive? I have a couple of students a year make icing with granulated sugar when it should be powder.
I think you are looking for a different type of frosting. Do you want a crusting buttercream or a non-crusting buttercream?
Powdered sugar does have a grainy texture, but I always expect that from a buttercream. Yes, it's smooth, but when I rub it between my fingers I feel very small particles of powdered sugar.
You may be right that it's just your taste pallet. You may want to try a non-crusting buttercream.
Hope it works out for you.
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