Buttercream Icing

★★★★★ 1 Review
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By Crystal ~
from Somewhere, IL

This is a basic vanilla buttercream icing that I have been using for over 35 plus years. It is the base for all different flavored icings that I use on various baking goods.

serves Frosts 1 cake
prep time 10 Min
method Blend


  • ½ cup unsalted butter, softened
  • ½ cup crisco
  • ¼ cup whole milk
  • 4 cups powdered sugar
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla

How To Make

  • 1
    In a mixing bowl, with mixer on medium speed, cream the softened butter and Crisco until well blended.
  • 2
    Add the powdered sugar, vanilla, and milk. Beat mixture until light and fluffy; about 2-3 minutes. If icing appears a little too thick, add just a tad more milk; one teaspoon at a time. You do not want it too soft. You want a medium consistency.
  • 3
    Chocolate Buttercream Icing: add 2 Tablespoons of Cocoa with the powdered sugar.