This recipe is perfect for the Frozen Buttercream transfer technique.

ButterCream Icing for Frozen Transfers


  • 1 cup Crisco (Do not use high-ration shortening. You need a stiffer
  • consistency)
  • 3 sticks butter (real butter, good quality)
  • 2 Tsp flavoring (I use 1 Tsp clear vanilla, 1 Tsp butter flavoring)
  • 2* pounds powdered sugar, sifted several times (I sift 5 times)


    1. Cream the butter and shortening well.

  1. 2. Add the flavoring.
  2. 3. Slowly add the powdered sugar.
  3. 4. Mix on 8-10 speed for approximately 5-10 minutes for a smooth consistency. The length of time depends on the weather/atmosphere at your house.
  4. *Add more sugar if not stiff enough. I live in the High Desert of California with no humidity. I had to add more sugar to this recipe while visiting North Carolina.


nanamama Says... 8 Oct 2009 , 11:20am

What is "high-ration" shortening?

KHalstead Says... 14 Dec 2009 , 6:27am

I think it's a typo and is meant to be "hi-ratio shortening"

weiser Says... 18 Mar 2010 , 10:57am

How much is 3 sticks of butter?

weiser Says... 18 Mar 2010 , 10:59am

This may sound silly, but how much is 3 sticks of butter? I'm not familiar with this term. Not sure if its the way butter is sold in the US but could someone tell me how many cups or grams that is.......thanks!

Michelley1213 Says... 18 Mar 2010 , 12:55pm

Not silly weiser! yes thats how we sell butter in the states. 1 stick equals 4 oz or 1/2 3 sticks will be one and a half cups or 12 oz...I'm not so handy with converting to grams though sorry (maybe 340.5g?) .... hope that helps!

chocolatey Says... 22 Apr 2010 , 10:32am

3 sticks of butter is about 8 tbl. spoons each i believe. Not sure what that is in cups Im guessing about 1 1/2 cup of butter.

LaurelC Says... 11 May 2010 , 6:21pm

What is Von's Fidge Icing? Is that a store brand? Is it chocolate fudge icing in a tub like Pillsbury?

LaurelC Says... 11 May 2010 , 6:22pm

oops....posted in the wrong place! LOL!

kathys_cupcakes Says... 21 Jul 2010 , 2:30pm

ha! the comment about "...visiting north carolina" was great. i live there so it's good to know that i'd have to add more conf sugar :)

tanesa320 Says... 5 Aug 2010 , 11:45am

can this recipe be halved successfully?

snotlocker Says... 17 Mar 2011 , 8:54am

I tried this for the first time the other day on a mickey mouse. I drew out mickey's full body put it on a cake board then taped parchment paper over it and outlined it with the wilton tube black icing then I colored everything in and put it in the freezer overnite and presto the next morning put it on the 12X18 cake and worked perfectly. I will definity be using this method again. So easy!! I did have to add more powdered sugar to the icing since I live in Alabama and well enough said.... I added about another cup or so. Thanks for the icing recipe. I also watched a witons utube video on how to do it. EASY Thanks

m0use Says... 13 Apr 2011 , 10:10am

I use 2 tablespoons of butter flavoring, 1 tablespoon of vanilla flavoring, 1/4 - 1/2 tsp almond flavoring. I then thin it out with vanilla flavored rice milk or coffee creamer

Heather0409 Says... 30 Jan 2012 , 5:59am

having a hard time coloring this recipe. it tastes awesome, but it's not taking color (gel, Wilton) like my regular shortening recipe. has anyone else had this problem? i'm having problems getting black, moss green and brown with a reddish tinge. am i doing something wrong?

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