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Buttercream Decorator Icing

This icing can be used to frost any cake or cupcakes and it's also Gr8 for piped decorations!
Prep Time10 mins
Total Time10 mins
Course: Dessert
Cuisine: American
Keyword: Buttercream, Buttercream Icing, Decorating Icing, Decorator Frosting, Frosting
Servings: 12 servings
Calories: 312kcal
Author: Anna

Special Equipment

  • Electric Mixer


  • 4 cups confectioner's sugar, sifted or whisked to break up any big lumps
  • 1 cup solid shortening, Crisco or Butter, softened (If you use butter, your frosting will taste delicious, but it will not be pure white)
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract, clear vanilla is best, if you can find it. Brown vanilla will tint the icing ever so slightly.
  • Pinch of Salt
  • 4-6 Tablespoons milk, any kind, I've even used cream in a pinch.


  • In the bowl of a stand mixer, on high speed, cream your shortening or butter until well softened.
  • Add the confectioner's sugar one cup at a time and continue to beat. Frosting will be thick, but don't worry.
  • Add vanilla and salt and beat until incorporated.
  • Add milk one Tablespoon at a time until frosting is the desired consistency.
  • If the frosting becomes too thin, add more confectioner's sugar. If it is too thick, add more milk.
  • Use as desired.


To make different colors, use gel food coloring located in most craft stores and some specialty food shops.

Nutrition Information

Calories: 312kcal | Carbohydrates: 40g | Protein: 1g | Fat: 17g | Saturated Fat: 4g | Trans Fat: 2g | Cholesterol: 1mg | Sodium: 4mg | Potassium: 8mg | Sugar: 39g | Vitamin A: 8IU | Calcium: 6mg | Iron: 1mg
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