Item# WLRECIP-179

Fluffy Buttercream Frosting Recipe

Item No. WLRECIP-179
7 1/2 Cups
Prep Time
20 min
Skill Level
Total Time
20 min

Here’s a buttercream frosting recipe that uses real cream for a truly decadent taste and velvety, fluffy texture. This recipe is lighter than traditional vanilla buttercream frosting, denser than whipped cream and is ideal for spreading on all sorts of treats, from a fancy layer cake to a simple birthday cake. Its medium-consistency makes decorating using a piping bag and tip, possible too.



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  • 2 cups solid vegetable shortening
  • 7 cups powdered sugar (confectioners' sugar)
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1-1/2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 3/4 cup heavy whipping cream



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  • Notes:

    • This recipe makes a medium consistency buttercream, which is perfect for frosting cakes and cupcakes but may not be great for piping advanced decorations like flowers.
    • You may substitute 1 cup of butter or margarine for 1 cup shortening to achieve a buttery flavor.
    • Depending on the humidity and climate, it may be necessary to adjust the liquid and the sugar in your frosting. If frosting looks dry, add small amounts of liquid (1/4 to 1/2 teaspoon at a time). If frosting is too soft, add 1 tablespoon of sugar at a time. The key for both adjustments is adding small amounts until you achieve the right consistency.

    How To

    Icing Consistency
    Buttercream Frosting Consistency

    Whether you are frosting a cake or piping decorations, the consistency of the frosting is key to getting the right results. Too soft and your decorations will droop. Too stiff and your frosting will be difficult to spread.

    How to Hold a Piping Bag
    How to Hold a Piping Bag

    The way your decorations curl and point and lie depends not only on the frosting's consistency but also on the way you hold the bag and the way you move it. Bag positions are described in terms of both angle and direction.

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