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Smooth Buttercream Frosting

Rated as 4.68 out of 5 Stars
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"This flavorful icing is ideal for decorating. It may be refrigerated in an airtight container for up to a week. Re-whip before using."
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Ingredients

10 m servings 263
Original recipe yields 16 servings (3 -1/2 cups)

Directions

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  1. Beat shortening and butter in a large bowl with an electric mixer until smooth, about 3 minutes; stir in vanilla extract. Beat sugar, one cup at a time, into butter mixture on medium speed. Add milk and beat on high speed until light and fluffy.
  2. Keep icing covered with a damp cloth until ready to decorate. For best results, keep icing refrigerated when not using.

Nutrition Facts


Per Serving: 263 calories; 12.3 39.2 0.2 15 42 Full nutrition

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Basic buttercream frostings don't vary much in terms of ingredients; butter and or shortening, powdered sugar, flavoring (usually vanilla) and liquid (usually milk). Where they do vary is in t...

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I could really taste the shortening at first. I added about 2 more tsp of van and let it sit at room temp for awhile and then mixed it again and it tasted better. Does harden up nicely so I will...

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Basic buttercream frostings don't vary much in terms of ingredients; butter and or shortening, powdered sugar, flavoring (usually vanilla) and liquid (usually milk). Where they do vary is in t...

I used this for a red velvet cake and took it to my son's for a cookout. I used butter flavored crisco for the shortening.It was fantastic. I will use this recipe from now on. Thanks for sharing

Yummy frosting! Great texture and I really like the flavor. This is a riff on a buttercream I make pretty frequently and the milk really helps the texture.

I could really taste the shortening at first. I added about 2 more tsp of van and let it sit at room temp for awhile and then mixed it again and it tasted better. Does harden up nicely so I will...

Love this! Made it chocolate by adding 6 tablespoons hershey's baking cocoa powder and increased the milk to 8 tablespoons. Delicious!

This is the first time I've made frosting, and I think I did pretty well. This recipe was simple and easy and oh so delicious. I did end up adding a little more milk than called for, and I also ...

I found this recipe and made it exactly as written. All I could taste was shortening. That's when I added more vanilla, lemon and even a vanilla bean to mask the shortening taste. Not gonna' h...

OMYGOODNESS!!! this is the perfect recipe! Tasted like betty crocker! make sure you mix he shortening and butter together very well until they are super whipped - other than that, it was perfect...

Followed the recipe exact EXCEPT I substituted the 5 cups of confection sugar and used only 3 cups and two cups of powerded splenda to reduce the sugar for diabetic hubby. Turned out great. I m...