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Cake with Buttercream Decorating Frosting

Rated as 4.77 out of 5 Stars

"This sweet creamy frosting made the real butter is easy to blend together and holds its shape nicely when used to decorate a special layer cake."
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1 h servings
Original recipe yields 10 servings


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  1. Prepare and bake cake mix according to package directions for two 9-in. layers. Cool on wire racks.
  2. In a mixing bowl, cream the butter and shortening. Beat in sugar, vanilla, salt and enough milk to achieve spreading consistency. Place 1/4 cup frosting each in three small bowls; tint one blue, one yellow and one green. Set aside 2-1/4 cups of remaining frosting for basket weave decoration and shell border. Spread remaining frosting between layers and over top and sides of cake.
  3. To decorate, place reserved white frosting in pastry bag. Use medium basket weave tip to decorate sides of cake using basket weave pattern (see diagrams at right). Change to medium star tip to pipe shell border along bottom and top edges of cake.
  4. For writing, use medium round tip an blue frosting to pipe desired greeting off-center on top of cake. Use medium round tip top pipe green vines around writing. Switch to medium leaf tip to pipe green leaves along vines. Use small flower tip to pipe yellow and blue flowers along vines. Leftover frosting can be frozen for up to 3 months.


  • Use of a coupler ring will allow you to easily change pastry tips for different designs.


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Most helpful positive review

This is quick to make. As others have said there is more than enough frosting for a regular 2 tier 9"round cake. The taste is great, and no "crisco" flavor or left over texture in your mouth. He...

Most helpful critical review

A previous reviewer said this frosting tastes like the frosting on a Costco cake, and that's exactly right. I personally do not typically like shortening-based frosting, but was looking for a fr...

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This is quick to make. As others have said there is more than enough frosting for a regular 2 tier 9"round cake. The taste is great, and no "crisco" flavor or left over texture in your mouth. He...

I used this recipe (only the frosting directions) for a birthday cake I was making for a friend's surprise party. It had a better flavor than some of the others I had tried and this one held up ...

Very easy, uncomplicated and reliable buttercream. I made half the recipe, which very generously frosted 24 cupcakes with some left over. Because I piped the frosting and wanted it stiffer, I di...

I'd give this one 10 stars if I could. Here's my confession: we are big fans of Costco cakes in my family, particularly their buttercream frosting. It's not fancy, but it's darn good. I've been...

I needed to make a butter cream frosting WITHOUT eggs for a baby shower, and I used this. I got rave reviews from all the party attendees!

This is the best buttercream recipe I have found. I tried many recipes without shortening and could never get the right consistancy or flavor I wanted. You can not taste the shortening in this r...

This recipe was just what I needed! It was SUPER easy to make. I, too, was shocked at how much sugar it called for but I used all of it. And I have to admit that I usually HATE making icing due ...

This frosting is taste great. I received many compliments and requests for the recipe. I calculated the recipe for 5 servings and had enough frosting to decorate 24 cupcakes generously and had e...

This frosting is the BOMB!!I got a lot of compliments. Its creamy, flavorful and easy to adj. stiffness for use of decorating. A nice change from the greasy stuff!