Sunday, May 01, 2011

vanilla buttercream frosting


Buttercream Frosting (vanilla)

  • 1 cup softened Butter (2 sticks, salted kind)
  • 1 cup vegetable shortening
  • 2 teaspoons Vanilla (clear or regular, depending on what color you want the end result)
  • 1/2 teaspoon Artificial Butter Flavor (this can be omitted if not on hand)
  • 8 cups sifted powdered sugar (2lb bag) (I am usually lazy and do not sift mine)
  • 4 Tablespoons Milk
In electric Mixer cream Butter and shortening. Add Vanilla and Butter Flavorings. Mix in Powdered Sugar gradually, scraping the bottom and sides of the bowl often. Once all the sugar is mixed in, frosting will be stiff and dry. Mix in milk gradually and then beat at Medium - Medium High Speed till Fluffy. Add Food coloring at the same time as the milk if you are coloring the frosting.


I find this to be the perfect consistency for piping onto cupcakes. For spreading onto cakes I sometimes need to add 2-4 Tablespoons of Milk or Light Cornsyrup to make it a little more spreadable.
It's also about the right amount for frosting a large 2-3 layered cake nice and thick. Or plenty for 24 cupcakes thickly piped.
This is about as much frosting my kitchen aid bowl can make in one batch.
You can half this recipe easily if you want less frosting.

You can also make whatever flavor you like, by adding different extracts. Almond or raspberry would be yummy. And here is my version of this frosting in Lemon.


steph said...

Those cupcakes look beautiful! Thank you so much for the recipe, I'll have to try it sometime!

mum in meltdown said...

Wow I soo have to try those! I bet mine don't turn out looking like that though LOL

Shandra said...

If you don't mind me asking...what tip did you use to pipe the frosting on the cupcakes like this? I really like it! They look so pretty & yummy! :o)