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Indydebi's Crisco-Based Buttercream Icing

I was given this recipe over 25 years ago by a friend and it's the only icing recipe I've ever used. (I actually didn't know there were other "wedding cake icing" recipes out there!). All measurements are approximate since I'm a "until it looks right cook". Too thin? Add more sugar. Too thick? Add more milk. Luv the flavor of vanilla? Throw lots of it in there! This icing crusts VERY well and holds up great in extreme heat and humidity (passed the "sat outdoors in 90 degrees in August humidity in Indiana for over 5 hours" test!)

Indydebi's Crisco-Based Buttercream Icing


  • 1-1/3 cups Cricso 1/3 to 1/2 cup milk, depending on consistency needed
  • 3 Tbsp powdered Dream Whip (*)
  • 2-3 Tbsp clear vanilla, depending on your personal taste
  • 2 lbs powdered sugar


  • (*) A powdered whipped topping mix made by Kraft Foods, usually found in the cake/sugar aisle in the grocery.



  1. There's no wrong way to mix this. I usually mix all but the powdered sugar for a minute or two, then gradually add the sugar, but the only reason I did this was to avoid the "sugar-splash" factor. The longer the mixer runs, the smoother it gets. Sifting the powdered sugar before blending helps with smoothness but is not necessary.


Comments (212)

Delicious! Very easy to make, and very tasty too. The only slight change I made was I added a dash of salt to the combined ingredients to cut down the sweetness more to our taste. Other than that, this recipe will be the standard BC around here!
I'm keeping this recipe.....just like MrsNancyB said it's the standard BC now
This tastes wonderful and holds up well to heat. My family will eat it straight from the bowl with a spoon, if I let them. I have flavored it many different ways...butter rum, coconut, almond, mint, chocolate, amaretto, bourbon, etc...and they have all been delicious.'s a keeper! So glad to have found & tried it!
Hiya - Indydebi, Id love to use this recipe but living in UK im having difficulty getting Dream Whip - what could I use instead? Many thanks! Dee :)
This recipe was a great! Measurements were perfect, smooths well, tastes great, and super easy. Thanks so much for sharing, my new fav!!!
Thanks for a great recipe!!! Choco68, dream whip is the same as dream topping...
Thanks a LilaUK - now I can go and make it! yipee! :)
Does this recipe work well with the Viva towel method for getting it smooth?
Hi Debi, just saw your recipe post and had to comment, this is the same buttercream recipe my mom use to make over 25 years ago too... would you believe she got it from a friend in Indiana! I am just wondering if her friend and your friend are one in the same; wouldn't that be a hoot! I do agree, it is probably the best one out there. Thanks for sharing.
Hi Debi, I know you said it could withstand heat & humidity but with the milk I'm assuming you have to refrigerate? What's if used under fondant?
you mean just the powder for dream whip... no made? just want to make sure!! lol
hi debbi, i was wondering if i could make a chocolate version of this buttercream recipe. if so how? thanks for the help.
Yes I'm interested too in a chocolate version! Please help!
Is the Dream Whip similar to merengue powder???
I've just made up a batch of this and it tastes great! I'm from the UK and I think i've managed to convert the measurements and ingredients correctly! (For other UKers I used Trex instead of crisco and Birds dream topping instead of dream whip) Would we just replace some sugar with cocoa for a chocolate version? Also can it be frozen? As I think I will have a lot left over! Thanks so much for this recipe!! xx
I would also love a chocolate version of this recipe. Is this a crusting bc?
I'm hearing good things about this recipe, but does anyone know how many cups of icing the recipe makes?
I just made a recipe and got about 5 cups.
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