Buttercream Icing

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Introduction: Buttercream Icing

About: I'm a follower of Jesus, homeschooling Momma of 4 little blessings, and an ICU nurse who enjoys Bible journaling, making sweet treats, and enjoying God's creation!

There are lots of buttercream icing recipes out there, but this one is the very best! Ok, maybe I'm a little biased because it's my Mom's recipe ;-) She has been baking cakes for over 30 years and has tweaked her icing recipe over the years to develop this masterpiece. In this Instructable, with her permission, I am going to share how to make the best buttercream icing ever!

Ingredient list:

4 cups vegetable shortening

1 stick butter/margarine

1 1/4 cup water

2 Tablespoons vanilla extract

1 Tablespoon butter flavoring

3 bags (6 pounds) powdered sugar

Stand mixer (for these amounts, you will need at least a 7 quart mixing bowl - if your mixer is smaller, adjust the amounts accordingly)

Step 1: Shortening

Measure out 4 cups of vegetable shortening; place in mixing bowl.

Pictured above is the best brand we've found for smooth icing since trans-fats were removed from Crisco brand.

Step 2: Butter or Margarine

Add 1 stick (1/2 cup) butter or margarine.

Step 3: Flavorings

Add 2 Tablespoons vanilla flavoring and 1 Tablespoon butter flavoring.

Step 4: Water

Add 1 1/4 cups water.

Step 5: Powdered Sugar

Add 2 bags of powdered sugar to mixer and place on lowest speed. One way to prevent sloshing out of liquid is to place a dish towel around the bowl until mixture is somewhat combined.

Mix on low speed for approximately 2 minutes.

Then add the last bag of powdered sugar.

Step 6: Mix

Mix on medium speed for at least 2 minutes - to desired fluffiness.

Tint if desired. We used "ivory" icing color here to give it an ivory tint for a wedding cake.

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