Extra Special Buttercream Icing
This icing is similar to the flavor and has a medium consistency like bakery icing. It is ideal for frosting and borders.
2 cups solid vegetable shortening
2 pounds confectioners' sugar There are 4 cups to a pound
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon clear vanilla extract or your favorite flavoringEasy-Add clear vanilla extract Add to shopping list clear vanilla extract
6-8 ounces whipping cream
Icing serves 7 1/2 cups.
Cream shortening until fluffy. Add sugar and continue creaming until well-blended.
Add salt, flavoring and whipping cream; blend on low speed until moistened.
Beat at high speed until icing is fluffy.
Extra-Special Buttercream icing needs to be refrigerated, both after it is made and when it is placed on a cake. It will keep 3-5 days in the refrigerator.
*You may substitute 1 cup butter or margarine plus 1 cup solid vegetable shortening to achieve a more buttery taste.