I make buttercream by using 2 sticks of butter, powder sugar until dry/cracked looking, and whipping cream until desired consistency. I LOVE the taste, however, it's rather heavy and always has a yellow tint from the butter. I am in need of an awesome BC recipe that turns out white. I am wanting a light but tasty combo. Thanks in advanced!! :)
Mine comes out white/very very slightly ivory. The recipe is:
1 C butter
1 C hi-ratio shortening
2 tsp clear vanilla
2 lbs powdered sugar
1/4 C milk/cream
The brand of butter really makes a difference in the final color of your buttercream, I've found. I've had good luck with Costco/Kirkland brand, it's fairly light-colored. Clear vanilla also makes a big difference.
I usually beat this type of buttercream for a good 10 minutes at high speed....you will see that it will get lighter as it mixes.
I also use a mix of shortening and butter. The butter gives it a rich taste and the shortening the smooth texture.
I also like using the Costco/kirkland brand of butter and it works great. I do like MKC said and really whip the butter before adding anything. I will also use a clear vanilla if I need it snow white. I have read that if you add a tiny bit of purple gel color,(we are talking tiny bit on the end of a cocktail stick) that it will offset the yellow hue and appear more white? Again I have never tried it, I need to try sometime when I don't need the icing right away.