Buttercream Frosting (Decorator’s Icing)

Total Time
Prep 10 mins
Cook 0 mins

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


  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.


Most Helpful

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.

J-Lynn January 29, 2011

Thank you for a simple and delicious frosting recipe. the salt and the other reviewer's suggestion of almond extract made this taste wonderful and cut the sweetness. Just yummy! Instead of water or milk I used 2 Tbls. of non-dairy coffee creamer in 1/4 cup od warm water to give it a very creamy texture and flavor without having to worry about keeping it refridgerated. Nice and firm that mixed up well and held up to frosting ad piping. Thanks again!

Chel Baker March 03, 2009

Excellent texture. Going to be my go to recipe from now on!

SweetSueAl April 19, 2014

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