What Is The Best Buttercream Recipe For Multiple Use???

Decorating By Lucy0618 Updated 30 Jan 2009 , 3:44am by saap1204

Lucy0618 Posted 22 Dec 2008 , 12:42am
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I think I am asking for to much...lol...

But I would like a buttercream recipe that is delicious as a filling soft yet delicious.....and I would love a buttercream that can be used to ice and fondant cakes......also for it to stand up to the viva Method when Brides are in a budget and want a "faux fondant" look.

Phew...I think I am asking for to much..lol

I usually make mine out of pure shortnening...I find this to be alot cheaper than using real butter, but use clear Butter and Vanilla Extract, But if I have to use half butter and half shortnening I will do so.

I also heard that walmart sells a buttercream to do all that all you do is add your flavorings but it can withstand all of that multiple purpose...what do you guys think?? Thank you in advance.


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Malakin Posted 22 Dec 2008 , 1:51am
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I myself usually use Sugarshack's recipe. Other's have wonderful results with plenty of different recipes but I vary this one with jams, amaretto, homemade cookie dough, etc. It smooths very easily and the flavors can be varied.

dominique26 Posted 22 Dec 2008 , 2:24am
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I use Buttercream Dream for everything you listed. Everyone has loved the taste so far and I've used it for well over a year. It also keeps very well if you have any left over.
Here's the link:

rocketmom1985 Posted 22 Dec 2008 , 2:00pm
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I also vote for Sugarshack's bc. Works well for a wonderfully smooth cake for the viva method(I use wax paper) and it works well for piping, flowers etc if you like bc for that. I also use Serious_Cakes cause I like the taste.

I'm new to this and tested a lot of the recipes here...ALL of them are good depending on what you want the recipe to do, and your personal tastes.

tiggy2 Posted 22 Dec 2008 , 8:36pm
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I use indydebi's recipe for everything. It tastes good, it's creamy and it crust very well. However, I use hiratio instead of crisco.

indydebi Posted 22 Dec 2008 , 10:25pm
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gotta agree with tiggy on this one! icon_rolleyes.gif It's the only (!) icing I've used for 25 years.... use it for icing, filling, roses, drop flowers, borders, stringwork, absolutely EVERYTHING! I've just started doing fondant and I use it under that, too.

plbennett_8 Posted 23 Dec 2008 , 5:57am
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IndyDebi's Recipe using Sugarshack's method of making and applying. icon_smile.gif

TyTy78 Posted 23 Dec 2008 , 4:19pm
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Same here...I use IndyDebi's and used the hot liquid with Hi ratio shortening like SugarShack's ....I can't tell you how pleased I was with the results....looks just like fondant. It was the first time using it that ways and was VERY pleased with the results. I also used computer paper for the 1st time and it made a BIG difference.

Thanks for the wax paper tip, I will try that next time.

aquamom Posted 29 Jan 2009 , 7:30pm
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How do you store IndyDebi's buttercream. In the frig? On the counter? I am very new at this art.

indydebi Posted 29 Jan 2009 , 8:34pm
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Originally Posted by aquamom


How do you store IndyDebi's buttercream. In the frig? On the counter? I am very new at this art.

I store it on the counter (for days and days)>

tiggy2 Posted 29 Jan 2009 , 8:41pm
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I've recently been using the hot liquid and hiratio (sometimes 1/2 butter 1/2 hiratio) in indydebi's recipe and I'll never go back to any other BC.

susanscakecreations Posted 29 Jan 2009 , 8:47pm
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Since Indydebi is here, I have a question about the buttercream?
How many cups does your recipe make?


allibopp5 Posted 29 Jan 2009 , 8:54pm
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I was just going to ask the same thing...how much does it make? I think I'll try it for this weekend's cake.

indydebi Posted 29 Jan 2009 , 9:00pm
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I have no idea how much it makes ... I never measure. A batch (defined as using 2 lbs p.sugar) will ice an 8" 2-layer round with some left over; will ice and border an 11x15 ... when I make a wedding cake (using 7 cake mixes), I'd end up using between three and four 2-lb bags of p.sugar. (It's getting harder to remember, since I only make batches using about 15 lbs of p.sugar now.)

But since it stores great and has a good shelf life, I always made WAY more than I needed and just stored the leftover.

Wildkatzcakes Posted 29 Jan 2009 , 9:07pm
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ok...here is my ?....do either of these buttercreams freeze well????

susanscakecreations Posted 29 Jan 2009 , 9:18pm
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Thanks, IndyDebi!!!!! You rock!!!!!


saap1204 Posted 30 Jan 2009 , 3:44am
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I love IndyDebi's! I just used it as a base for champagne frosting and it is delicious! It is so light and creamy. I use regular Crisco when I make it and I usually make 1-1/2 recipes when I do (that is all that will fit in my KA). This will easily cover a 9" cake plus dams, borders and decorations with some left over.

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