Hello, my name is Margaret. I have been looking for a good thick buttercream recipe. Any suggestions on the best recipe i can use?
What type of buttercream are you looking for? American, Meringue or German? There are many recipes here on cc. Just use the search function in the upper right corner. ..
The American buttercream
Designmeacake.com has crusting buttercream recipes. They also suggest using high ratio shortening which I always do now. Makes the smoothest prettiest finishes on your cake and so much easier to work with! I also use all shortening and no butter. I live in the south where it is hot and humid. My icing just holds up better this way.
You can use all butter if you prefer. But as cupcakemama said, shortening works best for hot/humid areas, and hi-ratio holds up even better because of the trans-fats. If you want a thick buttercream, don't add so much liquid. To thicken it, add more powdered sugar (10x cane sugar is best). I use it with all butter, but it's always been in air conditioning.
Another good one is Sugarshack's recipe: http://www.cakecentral.com/recipe/5313/sugarshacks-buttercream-icing
I've also found this one good too: http://www.cakecentral.com/recipe/22469/2-icing, but I use only 2 cup of fat (butter) since it's a bit too greasy with 4 cups.