What Is an Easy Recipe for Butter Cream Icing?

What Is an Easy Recipe for Butter Cream Icing?

What Is an Easy Recipe for Butter Cream Icing?

Wilton's website features an easy buttercream icing recipe. The recipe makes around 2 1/4 cups of icing, and the icing is suitable for cakes, piping borders, flowers and writing.

With an electric mixer, beat 1/2 cup of solid vegetable shortening and 1/2 cup of butter or margarine in a bowl until fluffy. Beat in 1 teaspoon of clear vanilla extract, and gradually add 4 cups of sifted confectioners' sugar one cup at a time while beating well. Slowly add 2 tablespoons of milk, and beat at medium speed until fluffy. For a spreading icing with a thin consistency, add 2 tablespoons of water, light corn syrup or milk. For a pure white icing with a stiff consistency, replace the butter with an additional 1/2 cup of shortening, and add 1/2 teaspoon of no-color butter flavor.

To make an easy chocolate buttercream icing, beat 100 grams of butter with an electric mixer until it's fluffy. Gradually add 2 cups of a sifted soft icing mixture and 1/3 cup of sifted cocoa until they're fully incorporated with the butter. Add 2 tablespoons of milk to make the icing puff up. For a fuller-flavored chocolate icing, use melted chocolate, or add more cocoa to give it a darker appearance.