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Decorator’s Buttercream Icing

This decorator’s staple remains an old reliable when all else fails. It even performs well in warm weather.

Ingredients
  • 2 cups (1 pound or 454 gram) unsalted butter, room temperature
  • 1 cup (230 gram) vegetable shortening or hi-ratio shortening
  • 1 Tbsp fresh lemon juice or 1 1/2 tsp lemon extract, pure vanilla extract, or almond extract
  • 3 lbs (1.36 kilograms) 10X confectioners’ sugar
  • 1/2 cup + 1 Tbsp (4 1/2 fl ounces or 135 mililiter) water, milk, or clear liqueur
  • 3 Tbsp meringue powder (see, Epicurious Editors’ Notes)
  • 1 tsp salt

Preparation

1. Cream shortening and butter with an electric, handheld, or paddle-whip mixer. Add flavoring and salt. Gradually add sugar, one cup at a time. Add meringue powder. (The mixture will appear dry.)
2. Add liquid of choice and beat until light and fluffy (approximately 5 to 8 minutes). Keep the bowl covered with a damp cloth or plastic wrap.
Storage: Store the icing in an airtight container and freeze for up to 3 months.
Yield: 2 1/2 quarts (2.37 L)
MASTER CHEF’S HINT
Add extra liquid to soften the buttercream or extra 10X confectioners’ sugar to stiffen it.
鈥 This recipe yields more than enough for two cakes鈥攊f icing only one cake, make a half recipe or freeze the extra.
鈥 If using the icing to write on a cake, soften it with extra liquid. If using it to pipe roses, add extra confectioners’ sugar.
鈥 Meringue powder is available at amazon.com
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