Wilton Buttercream Icing
photo by Katherine L.
- Ready In:
- Cream butter and shortening with mixer.
- add vanilla.
- gradually add sugar, one cup at a time, beating on medium speed.
- scrape sides and bottom of bowl often.
- when all sugar has been mixed in, icing will appear dry. Add milk or water and beat at medium speed until ready to use.
- refridgerate leftover icing in an airtight container.
- Rewhip before using.
- *****For chocolate icing.
- Add cocoa powder or melted chocolate when adding the sugar.
Questions & Replies
no real question but I followed Wilton's ideas for years. Believe it or not , I forgot how to make the icing. It's been quite a few years since I made a cake. I gave away all my Wilton books to young people that wanted to get started. I'm making a special cake for a friend. I did take one of Wilton's classes , after that I just kept on making cakes, wedding , birthday and all kinds of shapes.
Dannygirl's right - the recipe from the Wilton cake decorating classes also calls for (1 tbsp) Wilton Meringue Powder. Adding that was the only change I made to this. The order of the steps was slightly different too - the directions I have call for creaming the shortening, flavoring, and milk/water together prior to adding the confectioner's sugar and meringue powder, instead of adding the milk/water as the last step. After getting everything mixed together I just went back and added the extra milk to get the various consistencies (thin and medium) that I needed for my particular cake. It has a good flavor and works great for covering cakes as well as piping decorations. I used it to decorate a My Little Pony themed cake for my 3 year old's birthday. She loved it! Thanks for posting and reminding me to dig out this recipe from class! ;-)
This buttercream is absolutely horrible. It tastes like vegetable shortening, I had to add another 3/4 cup butter, and it is barely sweet, and I had to add another cup if sugar! When decorating my cake, it caused so many problems. The icing melts SUPER fast making it hard to decorate with. This is probably the worst buttercream recipe I have used by far. I would NEVER reccomend this to ANYONE. Do not use this recipe. Use a different one!