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Rick's Special Buttercream Frosting

"Use this recipe to get an ideal buttercream for frosting and borders on cakes, cupcakes, or even cookies."
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30 m servings 684 cals
Original recipe yields 12 servings (7 cups)


  • Calories:
  • 684 kcal
  • 34%
  • Fat:
  • 41.6 g
  • 64%
  • Carbs:
  • 80.3g
  • 26%
  • Protein:
  • 0.4 g
  • < 1%
  • Cholesterol:
  • 27 mg
  • 9%
  • Sodium:
  • 105 mg
  • 4%

Based on a 2,000 calorie diet

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  • * Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.
  • ** Nutrient information is not available for all ingredients. Amount is based on available nutrient data.
  • (-) Information is not currently available for this nutrient. If you are following a medically restrictive diet, please consult your doctor or registered dietitian before preparing this recipe for personal consumption.

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  1. In a mixing bowl, cream shortening until fluffy. Add sugar, and continue creaming until well blended.
  2. Add salt, vanilla, and 6 ounces whipping cream. Blend on low speed until moistened. Add additional 2 ounces whipping cream if necessary. Beat at high speed until frosting is fluffy.

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This is close to my own recipe but I've always used all butter. I was never quite happy with the results because the frosting was always a bit too sweet for me. Following Rick's recipe, but usin...

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I'll be a dissenting voice and say, as written, this frosting is NOT great. Nearly all of the most helpful reviews (all 5-star reviews too) had significant changes made, most importantly incorp...

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This is close to my own recipe but I've always used all butter. I was never quite happy with the results because the frosting was always a bit too sweet for me. Following Rick's recipe, but usin...

Truly an exceptional frosting, especially when butter is substituted for half of the shortening. Not too sweet, with a fluffy, creamy texture. There are infinite possibilites for a variety of fl...

Awesome butterceam frosting! I used half butter and half butter flavored shortening. I also used half the amount of cream and as other's have stated, add it until you get the desired consistency...

This was great. I used 1/2 butter and 1/2 crisco and about 6 cups of sugar (and still wasn't too sweet). This frosting has an incredibly smooth spreading consistancy, yet is strong enough to h...

Fantastic buttercream frosting, I do however use butter in place of shortening to keep from getting the greasy feel you get. Super YUM! Make sure you whip the butter adequately to get it aerate...

I have been on a search for the ultimate decorator icing and this is it (I've tried dozens)! This icing is wonderful!! I even used it for roses and figure piping (clowns) without a problem. I...

This recipe is similar to the SPECIAL BUTTERCREAM FROSTING RECIPE also submitted by Rick (slightly diff. recipe with cream) - This is a GREAT RECIPE however I STRONGLY recommend using half unsal...

Excellent. I made it for a train cake for my son's birthday, it frosted and decorated 2 cake mixes with a little left over. Will definitely make again. I did use half butter, half shortening...

This was the recipe I was looking for! I used 1 1/2 C. butter to 1/2 cup shortening and one large bag of confectioners sugar (6 cups). It was perfect for decorating with and never got too sof...