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The Perfect Crusting Buttercream


I use this recipe when making my rose cake,


my hydrangea cake,

or any cake that I want the frosting to be able to hold its shape!

This makes quite a bit, but can be refrigerated quite easily.

The Perfect Crusting Buttercream


  • Crusting Buttercream
  • 1 bag powder sugar (two pounds or about eight cups)
  • 1 cup shortening (I used original Crisco)
  • 2 tsp vanilla extract (use clear if want white frosting)
  • 1/2 cup - 3/4 cup milk


  1. Cream shortening and vanilla in mixer for 2-4 minutes. Add in powder sugar, one cup at a time. If you find your mixer struggling, slowing add in milk. Use more milk for a creamy consistency, use less milk for a stiff consistency.
  2. Alternate Method:
  3. Use 1/2 cup butter and 1/2 cup shortening. Place room temp. butter and shortening in mixer. Put entire bag of powder sugar on top, then add vanilla and 1/2 cup milk. Turn mixer on low and mix until all ingredients are incorporated. Turn mixer up to med-high and mix for 2-4 minutes. Can add more milk to reach desired consistency.
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And yes, I sometimes use half crisco/half butter.  This recipe is SWEET.  Super sweet.  If you dont like sweet, simply use less sugar.



*Some people seem to get very upset that I call this frosting a buttercream. 

I’m sorry.  I dont have a much better answer.  You are welcome to yell at me all you want in the comments. (Some already have!)


See more examples of how I use this frosting on my Rose Birthday Cake and Royal Wedding Cake.

I also share this decorating technique and many others in my new book, Surprise-Inside Cakes!  I am so honored and touched at the world wide support!  Be sure to let me know if you are baking from Surprise-Inside Cakes!


  1. Mildred says

    My icing recipe is VERY similar… I use just 1/2 cup shortening for 2lbs of sugar… Add almond extract and use water instead of milk. It’s a crowd pleaser and very easy to make… Hardly ever I sift the sugar.

  2. Mary says

    To lessen the sweetness put a dash of popcorn salt into while mixing it will cut down the sugary taste :-)

  3. says

    I have my sister-in-love’s wedding that I would love to use this buttercream recipe on, but I was unsure how it will hold up in Alabama in August. (wedding and reception on the farm outside).

    I am a home baker with no formal experience, any advise would be greatly appreciated.

  4. Samantha says

    Hi! I’m wanting to make lemon buttercream for a cake. can I use lemon extract instead of vanilla? should I put the same amount in? should I put any vanilla in it?

  5. says

    Hi! I am looking forward to trying this recipe, but if there a reason. You don’t use pure butter? The 2 buttercream w recipes I’ve tried call for 1c butter (one had heavy cream and the other milk, with the milk recipe achieving a nice crusty frosting) anywho…just curious how the crisco changes the frosting? Thanks!

  6. says

    Every cake decorating book I own or have read uses shortening in the buttercream frosting recipe. I had no idea there was such controversy! Personally I would stay away from Crisco and use a high ratio shortening . Baker’s quality shortening gives the icing a fine, smooth and creamy texture without a greasy aftertaste.


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