Newbie Buttercream Question

Decorating By Rosebud22 Updated 23 Apr 2009 , 2:40pm by sweetcheeks75

Rosebud22 Posted 23 Apr 2009 , 1:08pm
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When making homemade buttercream do you use regular or butter-flavored shortening?

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imamommy1205 Posted 23 Apr 2009 , 1:27pm
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I use regular. I am sure you could use either though.

lordbuffington Posted 23 Apr 2009 , 1:34pm
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I use regular butter and hi ratio shortening. Tried using Crisco but my buttercream ends up looking softer and tasting a little on the greasy side.

cricket0616 Posted 23 Apr 2009 , 1:39pm
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I have always used crisco, but I keep reading about hi-ratio shortening. Can someone explain the difference and where you can find it.

mbt4955 Posted 23 Apr 2009 , 1:41pm
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I used half butter and half regular shortening. If hot weather is going to be an issue, I use IndyDebi's Crisco recipe with butter flavoring added.

mcook1670 Posted 23 Apr 2009 , 1:44pm
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i use Italian butter creme.. all butter..mmmm icon_biggrin.gif

lordbuffington Posted 23 Apr 2009 , 1:46pm
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The difference (from what I have read) is that it holds more confectioner's sugar than Crisco, for example, making it taste less greasy - I am not positive, and I am sure someone will correct me if I'm wrong icon_lol.gif

I get the hi-ratio from a bakery near my home in 3lb tubs because I don't go through it as quickly as others do. Some people get the 50lb block from other bakeries or I believe GFS will order it for you...

I would ask a bakery or bakery supplies store. That would be your best bet, without having to order it online.

cricket0616 Posted 23 Apr 2009 , 1:52pm
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Thanks lordbuffington for the info. Unfortunately, I live in a "small" town and know that is not something I can find around here. I did look on Global Sugar Craft and they will not ship it again until the cool weather months. I will have to keep it in mind and try it. Thanks again.

lordbuffington Posted 23 Apr 2009 , 1:54pm
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You're welcome. I think you will be just fine. Make sure to post some photos when you're done!

Danielle1218 Posted 23 Apr 2009 , 1:57pm
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I live in northern ny and I have never been able to find high-ratio shortening. Not even really sure what it is. I just stick to crisco.

Susie53 Posted 23 Apr 2009 , 1:59pm
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I use regular shortening...I use hi-ratio when I can get it. icon_smile.gif

sweetcheeks75 Posted 23 Apr 2009 , 2:40pm
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I use butter and crisco, but i always whip the two together for at least 8-10 mins its helps get rid of that greasy feeling on the roof of your mouth. icon_biggrin.gif

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