This is the exact recipe I used in the "Buttercream Flowers" video. It contains butter and is a soft icing. I use it because I like the way the icing tastes, and because it is so easy to make. If the temperature in your work area is above 85 degrees you will not be able to use butter in your recipe. Under those conditions you can use 2 cups of Crisco, instead of 1 cup each of Crisco and butter.


1 cup butter or margarine

1 cup Crisco or other solid shortening

2 teaspoons vanilla extract

1/4 teaspoon salt

8 cups powdered sugar (one 2 lb. bag)

6 Tablespoons milk

Cream the butter, shortening, vanilla, and salt together. Add the powdered sugar and milk. Mix on low speed until powdered sugar is mixed in. Mix on med. low speed for 10 to 15 minutes. When you can take a teaspoon of icing out and drop it on waxed paper and it holds it's shape and seems firm.....then your icing is ready to decorate with.

One batch of this icing will ice and decorate a quarter sheet cake 9x13.

If you are having trouble decorating with your favorite buttercream recipe, it is possibly not the ingredients used, but the mixing method. The icing needs to me mixed for at least 10 to 15 minutes, to get the body you need for decorating. Some mixers can't handle this. I use my KitchenAid mixer and it does a great job for me. If your mixer isn't working for you, you can usually go to the bakery department in your local supermarket and buy their buttercream icing already whipped

1/2 cup boiling water
3/4 cup granulated sugar
1 Tablespoon. Meringue Powder

Dissolve sugar in boiling water, cool completely. Add meringue powder and beat until meringue clings to the beaters, Set aside. In another bowl blend together and then beat for 10 minutes the following ingredients.

2 cups cake & icing shortening or 1 cup cake & icing shortening and 1 cup margarine
1 1/2 tsp flavoring
1 pound powdered sugar
1/2 tsp. salt

When all fluffy, add 1/2 of first mixture and beat well. Add remainder of meringue and mix well.

makes one 9 x 13 sheet cake or two 9 inch round layers
1 1/3 cups ice water
3 squares unsweetened chocolate (melted)
2/3 cup butter
2 cups sugar
3 eggs
1 teaspoon vanilla
2 2/3 cups flour
1 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 teaspoon salt

measure water and put in freezer until ice begins to form around edge of water.
melt unsweetened chocolate squares.

cream butter, add sugar and cream together. add eggs one at a time, mixing each one in on low speed. add vanilla
and melted chocolate. mix on low.
combine dry ingredients and add to batter in 3 sections, alternating with the ice water.
Bake at 350º


This recipe is a good all-purpose recipe. It is easy and fast to make. It does not have a real distinct flavor so it goes well with all icings and fillings. It has a nice even texture. It uses only basic ingredients which everyone has on their shelves.

2 cups all purpose flour
2 teaspoons baking powder
3/4 teaspoon salt
2/3 cup butter
1 1/4 cups sugar
2/3 cup milk
1 teaspoon vanilla
3 eggs

Heat oven to 350 degrees F. Grease and flour two 8-inch round cake pans. In large bowl, combine flour, baking powder and salt; mix well Add all remaining cake ingredients. Beat at low speed for 30 seconds. Beat 3 minutes at high speed. Pour batter into greased and floured pans.
Bake at 350 degrees F. for 30 minutes or until toothpick inserted in center comes out clean.
For my 11x8 sheet pan, I bake it for 35 to 40 minutes


2 egg whites, at room temp.
1/2 c. sugar
1/2 tsp. vanilla

Preheat oven to 250 F.
Beat egg whites until frothy, gradually add the sugar.
Add the vanilla and beat until the mixture stands in stiff peaks.
Shape the meringue. Bake for 1 hour, turn the oven off but
leave the meringues in the oven for another 2 hours with the
oven door closed.


set oven temp. at 375°F

1 1/3 cups shortening (I use butter or margarine)
1 1/2 cups granulated sugar
1 tsp. vanilla
(optional, 1/8 tsp. each, almond, orange, lemon flavors)
2 eggs
2 1/2 TBS. milk
4 cups flour
3 tsp. baking powder
1/2 tsp. salt

Cream shortening, add sugar and flavorings and cream together.
Add eggs and milk. Cream.
Mix flour, baking powder and salt together.
Add flour mixture to batter. Mix just until incorporated.

Cool in refrigerator 1 hour or more. Divide dough in half.
Roll out to desired thickness. I make mine almost 1/2 inch thick. Most people
make them 1/4 inch thick.
Cut in shapes and place on cookie sheet. Reroll the dough with the rest of the dough.
If you do not plan to ice the cookies, sprinkle with sugar. Otherwise, leave plain.
Bake at 375°F for 6 to 12 minutes, depending on how thich you roll them. They should
be lightly browned around the edges.




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