This is the BEST Buttercream Icing recipe. It is only buttercream frosting recipe you’ll ever need. This easy vanilla buttercream tastes just like the frosting you get from a bakery. The stuff that comes in a can doesn’t come close to this buttercream icing!
I had been using the same buttercream icing recipe for many years. Everyone always enjoyed my icing, at least they said they did. But recently I needed to make cupcakes for a friends Bon Voyage party at work and something prompted me to try a new recipe.
This buttercream icing recipe uses a combination of shortening and butter. I couldn’t believe all of the raves over my new frosting when all I did was substitute half of the butter for shortening.
Why use shortening in buttercream icing?
Shortening plays an important role in baked goods, not just frosting. In frosting, it really helps bring out the delicious finger licking good flavor without it being overly sweet. Shortening also helps frosting get a creamy, smooth texture. The most important thing shortening does for icing is adding stability. While butter tastes amazing, it is more susceptible to hot and cold temperatures. The shortening in the frosting makes it a lot more stable.
I feel like I’m being so dramatic while I write this post. Talking about desserts has a tendency to bring that out in me.
It’s definitely the best buttercream icing recipe I have used to date, so I figured I would share it with you. It’s really simple to make and it’s quite possible that you already use this recipe, but I thought I’d share it with you anyway, since it went over so well.
How much buttercream frosting does this recipe make?
This recipe should make enough Best Buttercream Icing to cover a 9″ x 13″ sheet cake or a two-layer 8″ cake. If you are making cupcakes, you should be able to frost 24 cupcakes if you apply the frosting with a knife. If you swirl the icing on the frosting with a pastry bag, you will have enough for 12-15 cupcakes.
The BEST Buttercream Icing
In a large bowl, cream together the butter, shortening, and vanilla. Blend in the sugar, one cup at a time, beating well after each addition. Beat in the milk, and continue mixing until light and fluffy. More milk may be needed to get the right consistency.
Cover with plastic wrap or lid until ready to decorate. Spread or pipe atop your favorite cupcake recipe. Enjoy!
What’s your best icing recipe?
Best Buttercream Icing
- 1/2 cup shortening
- 1/2 cup butter softened
- 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
- 4 cups confectioners sugar
- 2 tablespoons milk
- In a large bowl, cream together the butter, shortening, and vanilla.
- Blend in the sugar, one cup at a time, beating well after each addition.
- Beat in the milk, and continue mixing until light and fluffy. More milk may be needed to get the right consistency.
- Cover with plastic wrap or lid until ready to decorate. Spread or pipe atop your favorite cupcake recipe