Buttercream Icing (medium Consistency) Recipe

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Buttercream Icing (Medium Consistency)

LuAnn Schwarz


Buttercream Icing recipe is perfect for spreading or decorating.

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About 3 cups


No-Cook or Other


1/2 c
solid vegetable shortening
1/2 c
butter, softened
1 tsp
clear vanilla extract
4 c
sifted confectioner's sugar
2 Tbsp

Directions Step-By-Step

In large bowl, cream shortening and butter with electric mixer. Add vanilla. Gradually add sugar, one cup at a time, beating well on medium speed. Scrape sides and bottom of bowl often. When all sugar has been mixed in, icing will appear dry. Add milk and beat at medium speed until light and fluffy. Keep bowl covered with a damp cloth until ready to use.
For best results, keep icing bowl in refrigerator when not in use. Refrigerated in an airtight container, this icing can be stored 2 weeks. Rewhip before using.
For thin (spreading) consistency icing, add 2 tablespoons light corn syrup, water or milk.
For Pure White Icing (stiff consistency), omit butter; substitute an additional 1/2 cup shortening for butter and add 1/2 teaspoon No-Color Butter Flavor. Add up to 4 tablespoons light corn syrup, water or milk to thin for icing cakes.
NOTE: Changes in Wilton's traditional recipes have been made due to Trans Fat Free Shortening replacing Hydrogenated Shortening.
SOURCE: Wilton's 2003 Yearbook

About this Recipe

Course/Dish: Spreads
Main Ingredient: Sugar
Regional Style: American
Other Tag: Quick & Easy