Easy Buttercream Icing Recipe

You can vary the consistency to your needs whether covering the cake, piping, and creating flowers. Add more milk to make the buttercream frosting thinner for fine lines or make it thicker with more confectioner's sugar for piping borders, scrolls, etc. To create flowers that need to be stiffer, add vegetable shortening to this buttercream recipe. If you try to use the buttercream as is for flowers, such as roses, the petals will droop and the shape will distort. * Note: If making thicker icing, a free standing mix master is best. (I've broken 2 hand held mixers making icing. The firm consistency strains the motor and burns it out). Makes enough to frost an 8 - 9" cake and pipe borders

Easy Buttercream Icing Recipe
Easy Buttercream Icing Recipe

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Ingredients

  • •7 Cups icing sugar

  • •2 tsps. vanilla

  • •about 1/2 c. milk (depending on desired consistency)

  • •1/2 kg (4 sticks) butter at room temp.

  • •Optional: If making flowers replace butter with shortening

Directions

Place butter in mixer bowl. Mix on low until slightly softened. Add vanilla. Gradually add icing sugar, 1 cup at a time. Blend on low, scraping the beater and bowl down in between. Add milk slowly, until you reach the desired consistency. If you accidentally add too much milk and have no extra icing sugar on hand,the buttercream frosting can only serve to frost the cake. It's better to take your time adding the milk to get the consistency right. If piping decorations with this buttercream icing recipe, do not overbeat. Incorporating too many air bubbles will cause problems during the decorating process.

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