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Smooth Buttercream Frosting

Rated as 4.67 out of 5 Stars

"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 cals
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 g fat; 39.2 g carbohydrates; 0.2 g protein; 15 mg cholesterol; 42 mg sodium. 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 ...

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...

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...