How to make it

  • Cream the shortening, flavoring, and water. Add the sugar and salt on medium speed until it is well incorporated.
  • Add the cocoa if you are making chocolate.
  • Don't overmix this or you will get air bubbles in it when you are spreading.
  • This is for thick consistency.
  • For medium consistency, add one teaspoon water to each cup of prepared icing.
  • For thin consistency, add two teaspoons of water for each cup of prepared icing.
  • Never color your icing with liquid food colorings, they will ruin it.
  • Always use gel food coloring or powder food coloring.
  • I really like the Wilton colors.
  • If you want pure white icing, be sure to only use clear extracts.
  • If you are writing, use the thin consistency with 1 teaspoon of piping gel per 1/2 cup of prepared icing.
  • Medium consistency is the best for icing a cake and borders.
  • If you want a perfectly smooth cake, without fondant, use a medium consistency icing and ice the cake with at least 1/4 inch of frosting all over and around the cake. Let the cake sit out in the air for 20 minutes, allowing it to "crust". Once the icing is "crusted", you can smooth it out with a piece of wax paper and your hand. Be gentle. If the icing sticks to the wax paper, let it sit for 5 more minutes. If it does't crust, it has too much sugar or liquid, so just use a icing spatula dipped in hot water to smooth a cake that won't crust. You can also use a plain white paper towel with no designs on it for smoothing.
  • Happy decorating!

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  • MissBethie 10 years ago
    I have never made it with merengue powder. When is it added? I like the butter flavor, but agree it isn't as stabled. I often use half shortening and half butter.
    Thanks for the tips!
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    " It was excellent "
    gapeach55 ate it and said...
    This is a yummy recipe. Love the chocolate.
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  • girlracer 14 years ago
    Hi there can someone help me when i add food colouring to butter cream icing within a few minutes it goes back to white and starts to go watery in the piping bag how can i stop this from happening
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  • kostika 15 years ago
    I think I'll try this using veg "lard" since shortening isn't an option.
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    " It was excellent "
    linebb956 ate it and said...
    When living up north I decorated cakes for extra money.. and this was the recipe... it is soooo good.. I have used the butter flavored Crisco and it worked great, but, it is not pure white then... but tasty..
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