An Expression of Art

Wednesday, September 26, 2007

Buttercream Icing Recipe (Yield: 3 cups)

The recipe shown here contains shortening. You can substitute the shortening with butter (see amount below**). However, this wilton recipe with shortening is one of the best for making flowers and roses, since the shortening helps create a good icing texture and consistency for decorating.

  • 1 cup white vegetable shortening (Crisco)
  • 2 tablespoons of water or milk (this amount of water will yield a stiff consistency)
  • 1lb. confectioners' sugar (pure cane works best)
  • A pinch of salt (optional-to cut down on the sweetness of the icing)

TIP: Sift your confectioners' sugar to avoid sugar lumps that can clog your decorating tip.


In one large bowl, cream the shortening, flavoring, water. Add the sugar and meringue powder in intervals while mixing on slow speed until the ingredients have mixed. Stop the mixer and scrape down the sides of the bowl with a Rubber Spatula. Continue mixing at medium speed until all indredients have mixed thoroughly.


Stiff consistency- See recipe above

Medium consistency- Add a teaspoon of water or milk per cup of icing above

Thin consistency- Add two teaspoons of water or milk per each cup of stiff consistency. One teaspoon of water or milk per each cup of medium consistency icing.

Read more about Icing consistency here

* Substitute any flavoring to suit your taste (vanilla, almond, butter)

** Substitute shortening with 8 tablespoons (1 stick) of butter at room temperature


Anonymous said...

I used your recipe and it was great! I was never very good at making icing. So, I was thrilled when it turned out good! I was trying the buttercream transfer for the first time. I tried to put an image of Dora on the cake. I iced the cake with a store brand. The cake/icing was at room temp. when I tried to transfer Dora. I let the transfer "freeze" for an hour before attempting to transfer. I transfered image right after removing it from the freezer. Only half of the image stuck. Any advice? Thanks!

mudgiesmom said...

Do you have a recipe for baker's icing?