Favorite Buttercream Frosting Recipe

12 Feb

This is the BEST buttercream frosting recipe I’ve come across and it’s the same one my mom used for all of my birthday cakes since the ’70s.  It’s my mom’s recipe, but I’m pretty sure it’s basically the Wilton recipe.  This frosting is easy as pie and takes all of 15 minutes.  You’ll love it!

Frosting Delight!

Ingredients (makes approximately 3 cups of frosting)

  • 1/2 cup Crisco (or other solid vegetable shortening)
  • 1/2 cup room-temperature butter (1 stick)
  • 4 cups confectioners’ sugar (approx. 1 lb)
  • 1 tsp clear vanilla extract
  • 2 tbsp milk

Mix the butter, vegetable shortening and vanilla extract with an electric mixer.  Then, slowly mix in the confectioners’ sugar.  Make sure the portion of sugar you’ve added is mixed in well before starting on the next portion of sugar.  Add in the milk throughout the process to keep the frosting moist enough to mix.  The frosting is ready when it has a medium, fluffy consistency.  Adding more sugar will make it thicker and adding more milk (or light corn syrup or water) will make it thinner.  Chill in the refrigerator before use.  The frosting is good for about 2 weeks — just re-whip before using.

To color, just add gel or liquid food coloring.

*Tip:  if you’re trying to achieve an intense red color, use the Wilton No-Taste Red food coloring as opposed to the regular red to avoid a bitter tasting frosting.


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