Buttercream Icing


I was looking for a good recipe for buttercream icing on the internet a couple years ago and found this one. It’s not overly sweet and it’s a big hit. My mom likes to take this icing and dip vanilla wafers in it : D

Buttercream Icing


  • 1/2 cup white vegetable shortening
  • 1/2 cup butter or margarine, softened
  • 1 tsp. vanilla
  • 4 cups powdered sugar
  • 2 Tbs. 1% or 2% milk


  1. Cream butter, add shortening and vanilla, cream together till smooth. Beat in sugar, one cup at a time – 4 cups is what the recipe calls for, but I, personally, think 4 cups is a bit much, so I gather 4 cups (one pound) in the beginning, but I add to taste and thickness – Remember, though, that you will be adding 2 Tbs milk so it’ll cut down on the thickness of your icing. After the sugar is well blended witht the other ingredients, add your two Tbs milk and blend together. Store in fridge after use.

Comments (5)


I used this icing for my daughter's firt birthday and it turned out great!! The consistency was just the kind i needed... I loved that it smoothed easily..


is it true that buttercream icing with butter in it doesn't turn out white? I was told to never use buttercream recipes with butter in them, but the recipe I use now is just the wilton class buttercream recipe, it has no butter, but I'm just not that crazy about the taste of it, way too sweet and sometimes has a crisco taste to it...do you have trouble with this recipe not being very white?

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