Buttercream Frosting (Decorator’s Icing)

READY IN: 10mins
Recipe by byZula

This looked like a good basic icing recipe. I don't remember where I got it from though.

Top Review by J-Lynn

I don't understand why no one else mentioned the salt in this recipe- I thought it looked like a lot but I did want to cut down on the sweetness that's usually there. So I used 3/4 tsp of salt. And my frosting is SALTY! I have to use it anyway because I don't have another 2 lbs. of powdered sugar. I won't rate the recipe however. In hindsight, the only salt I have is sea salt, and I think it is often more powerful than table salt. SIGH. Lesson learned.

Ingredients Nutrition


  1. In large mixing bowl, beat together shortening and salt. Gradually add vanilla, confectioner’s sugar and water. Beat constantly until fluffy. (Icing will be stiff.) Cover bowl with a damp cloth while using so it doesn’t dry out. Food coloring or color paste may be added to match wedding colors.
  2. Use a decorator bag and tips to pipe desired shapes onto cookies. Use writing tips for initials and highlights. Use leaf tip for flowing wedding gowns etc.

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