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    Buttercream Icing for Cakes and Cupcakes

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    10 mins

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    snowflake.9999's Note:

    This a recipe for making stiff to thin buttercream icing. Stiff icing is used to make the hard roses found on cakes. Medium icing is used for piping and thin icing is used for piping, crumbing and icing the cake. Direction follow for how to make correct consistency. This is enough icing to cover 1/2 sheet pan or 30 cupcakes and decorations needed.

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    Serves: 1-2



    Units: US | Metric

    • 236.59 ml shortening
    • 14.79 ml meringue powder (found in cake stores or even down the cake decorating isle at walmart)
    • 29.58 ml water
    • 4.92 ml flavoring (I use 1/2 t of buttercream 1/2 t almond for the buttercream taste)
    • 0.25 ml salt
    • 453.59 g confectioners' sugar


    1. 1
      1.In a large mixer (kitchenAid is best for the power needed), mix the shortening until smooth and soft on high speed.
    2. 2
      2.On low speed slowly add the meringue powder, water, flavoring and salt, scraping the sides as needed.
    3. 3
      3.Start on medium speed to add the confectioner's sugar in small batches. The more sugar added the stiffer the icing gets and you will need to use high speed for the last few cups of confectioner's sugar.
    4. 4
      Now you have stiff icing to change the consistency take the finished stiff icing and --
    5. 5
      For medium icing add 1t water to 1 cup of icing, or if turning the whole recipe to medium icing, add 3 t of water to the recipe.
    6. 6
      For thin icing add 2t of water to 1 cup of icing, or if turning the whole recipe to thin icing, add 6t of water to the finished recipe.

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    Nutritional Facts for Buttercream Icing for Cakes and Cupcakes

    Serving Size: 1 (344 g)

    Servings Per Recipe: 1

    Amount Per Serving
    % Daily Value
    Calories 3574.5
    Calories from Fat 1846
    Total Fat 205.2 g
    Saturated Fat 51.2 g
    Cholesterol 0.0 mg
    Sodium 160.1 mg
    Total Carbohydrate 451.7 g
    Dietary Fiber 0.0 g
    Sugars 444.1 g
    Protein 0.0 g

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    meringue powder


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