• The Perfect Crusting Buttercream

    filed under: Miscellaneous on February 21, 2011


    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


        • 2 pounds powdered sugar
        • 1 c shortening (check alternate method for butter)
        • 2 tsp. vanilla extract (use clear if want white frosting)
        • 1/2 c to 3/4 cup whole milk
        • pinch salt


        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.


        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!

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        Why don’t you use whipping cream..

        I have used this recipe many times. Sometimes I like to use almond flavoring.

        I love your recipes hard sometimes to change it to uk
        Measures but still live them

        What is shortening

        I have a question.I make a chocolate peanut butter cupcakes.And my peanut butter frosting slides off my cupcake.what am I doing wrong.and do you have a recipe for a turtle cupcakes..thank you

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