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Smooth Buttercream Frosting Recipe
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Smooth Buttercream Frosting

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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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Original recipe makes 3 -1/2 cups Change Servings
  • PREP

    10 mins

    10 mins


  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.
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Most Helpful Positive Review
Oct 04, 2012

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 the amounts of the ingredients, less or more fat, less or more powdered sugar, and so on. This recipe has those measurements nailed on all counts, and I particularly liked the combination of shortening and butter. (I happen to be in Naples now where it is Africa hot, so I needed the sturdier holding power of the shortening) I stuck to the measurements precisely, but fiddled with the flavoring slightly - a half teaspoon each of vanilla, almond extract and butter flavor and just a pinch of salt. There aren't too many buttercream frostings I like well enough to eat directly from the decorating bag (once finished with it of course) like this one!

Most Helpful Critical Review
Oct 11, 2012

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 be using this batch to decorate the cake.

Sep 02, 2012

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

Aug 21, 2012

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.

Nov 24, 2012

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 added almond extract because I love it. I used butter flavored shortening and it turned out perfectly. Will definitely do this again, so much better than store-bought frosting.

May 28, 2013

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

Nov 01, 2012

I had to add a few tsp of milk, but other than that it was great. Super sweet.

Mar 04, 2014

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' happen. Now it tastes like sweet vanilla-lemon shortening. Did I mention that it tastes like shortening?!


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  • Calories
  • 263 kcal
  • 13%
  • Carbohydrates
  • 39.2 g
  • 13%
  • Cholesterol
  • 15 mg
  • 5%
  • Fat
  • 12.3 g
  • 19%
  • Fiber
  • 0 g
  • 0%
  • Protein
  • 0.2 g
  • < 1%
  • Sodium
  • 42 mg
  • 2%

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet.

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