Sugarshack’s Buttercream Icing


  • 5 generous cups of hi ratio shortening ( I prefer Sweetex)
  • 5 pounds powdered sugar
  • flavorings to taste
  • hot liquid

  • Note: make the liquid by mixing one cup of hot water with one cup of powdered coffee creamer. Use only the amount you need to get the consistency you prefer.


    Cream liquids and shortening until smooth. Add powdered sugar in a slow steady stream on speed one. When all the powdered sugar is in there, go to speed 6 until very smooth. Scrape down bowl sides frequently.


madgeowens Says... 1 Oct 2009 , 10:29pm

this recipe does not use merique powder?

sherylshirley Says... 12 Nov 2009 , 4:08pm

Does the liquid need to be hot when you pour it in the mixer?

pinkbox Says... 2 Dec 2009 , 11:51am

The liquid needs to be warm/hot (if your finger can handle it... its warm enough) but not hot and steaming.

cindycraig Says... 27 Jan 2010 , 9:05pm

Will regular shortening work for this recipe?

CakeElegance Says... 6 Feb 2010 , 1:16pm

Does this need to be refrigerated? And what about when you use it to frost cakes because of the dry creamer in it?

pnkmun Says... 5 Apr 2010 , 2:12pm

how many cups does this makes.

sugarshack Says... 22 Apr 2010 , 1:13pm

does not need fridge; liquid should be hot; works best with hi ratio but any shortening WITH trans fats will work :)

tmterlaan Says... 24 Apr 2010 , 3:14pm

Is there a chocolate version of this available?

KristiBrooke Says... 30 Apr 2010 , 5:29pm

my taste tester husband thinks this has a 'too-powdery, odd texture'...did anyone else get that review? Tomorrow we'll try it WITH the cake =o)

zgreenwood Says... 22 May 2010 , 3:24pm

I want to use this icing to make an ice cream cake and I was wondering wether it could be frozen? If so, are there any tips you could suggest?

cakeapprentice1923 Says... 21 Jun 2010 , 5:20pm

Do i need 5 pounds or 5 cups i mean that is a lot

bvwilliams Says... 30 Jun 2010 , 8:40pm

I was wondering the same thing. Do you really use 5 lbs of powder sugar? And how many cups does this recipe yield?

clpatrick Says... 8 Sep 2010 , 3:08pm

saw her make this on her you tube video and it is 5 lbs of powder sugar.

SueLynn216 Says... 14 Sep 2010 , 9:32am

You do need the 5 lbs, I use 7 lbs for the 6 qt version. Also, I like to cut back 1 cup of shortening. It works for me.

SueLynn216 Says... 14 Sep 2010 , 9:34am

I really would like a chocolate version of this. Has anyone done it? I have used Wilton's Chocolate Buttercream and it is good.

JennaB Says... 7 Oct 2010 , 4:46pm

For a chocolate version, use the chocolate coffee mate and swap some of the powdered sugar for cocoa powder.

michellem79 Says... 14 Nov 2010 , 10:48pm

Does this buttercream crust? Also I saw the youtube video and a wedding bouquet flavoring is used. Where can I buy that and how do I know it's the right one?

scWMI Says... 22 Jan 2011 , 2:47pm

I just made this in my 5 qt Kitchen Aid. I will not ever make this again. I still do not have all the powdered sugar in (still 2 cups short of the 5 lbs) and it is crawling out of the bowl and slinging powdered sugar everywhere. I used hot liquid just like the recipe and video stated, and this has been a complete waste of ingredients and time for me. I will stick with Wilton's recipe or the White As Snow Buttercream from here instead.

SueLynn216 Says... 22 Jan 2011 , 9:29pm

I like the icing and the first time I made it I thought I would never make it again. But, everyone raved about it. So, I made it again and did some adjusting to it. I used more flavoring and added the amount of sugar to get the consistency I wanted. One reason is that I felt there was too much shortening and I felt I needed more sugar to get the flavor I wanted. It is a very smooth icing and is wonderful on cupcakes and cookie cakes. The kids love it. I hope you try it again. If you have not watched the video on YouTube please do. It is very informative and will help you with the mixing. Good Luck. SueLynn

jeannewade Says... 2 Feb 2011 , 3:36pm

I have tried this icing and it is very smooth and easy to use when frosting a cake. The only thing I don't like is that if you do put it in the fridge, it becomes very hard and you have to let it come to room temperature before using.

cloetzu Says... 28 Feb 2011 , 12:23pm

I found this recipe to give me an almost grainy texture - it was very odd... does anyone know what I mean about it being grainy? and if so why and how to fix?

SheriCakes4u Says... 17 Mar 2011 , 7:18am

I love this frosting! It's light and easy to work with...doesn't taste greasy at all. I do have a question, though. I just recently started using hi-ratio shortening, and the frosting sometimes has funny pellet-like pieces of shortening in it, even after i have whipped it for a while. Can anyone shed some light on what I might be doing wrong???

In answer to scWMI, the mixer will be really full--part of the strategy for not working air into the frosting, and if you don't put a damp towel on top of the mixer while working in the powdered sugar, you WILL get it all over the place! The damp towel is key! Also, as someone said, the youtube video explains everything very it and then try the frosting again.

smfrickl Says... 13 Apr 2011 , 3:11am

What size mixer is this recipe for? I have a 5 qt. Will I need to adjust this? Thanks.

Rhonlynn Says... 20 May 2011 , 6:18am

I don't have a kitchen aid. I have a hand mixer. So, I need to use smaller quantities. what would be the measurements of a regular mixing bowl (say, 2 cups of shortening.} Would it be 2 cups of shortening, 2 pounds powdered sugar, and how much water?

sugarrushcakes2 Says... 3 Jun 2011 , 4:33pm

I am a huge fan of Sharon's. So...I thought I would try and make this today. Mine turned out a little grainy as well and a little too greasy. I did use the same brand of PS she uses, but I didn't use the hi-ratio shortening. I used the same one I always use. Not sure what happened. I am waiting for a replacement to come for my KA flat beater, so I had to use the whip. I'm sure this is why it came out more of a whipped cream texture. But why is it grainy and greasy?

Xenas Says... 27 Jun 2011 , 4:32pm

I made Sharon's and YUM!! I didn't use the HiRatio either can't get it here...Or I can't find it?? But I am going to try the chocolate next..

lsmithbendor Says... 2 Jul 2011 , 8:32am

Tried this for the first time today - and there was a point I thought the bowl was going to completely overflow - even tho I had watched the YT video...I just kept on scraping, scraping, and scraping, and eventuallyl it stayed in the bowl! I think next time I try it, I will cut the hi ratio back by 1 full's just slightly greasy to me and doesn't have the same incredible smoothness the video showed so I'm willing to give that a try. I don't have the wedding flavor, so I tried 1.5 tbl butter flavor, 2 tbsp vanilla, and 12 tbl hot creamer mix....I'm definitely going to find double strength vanilla creamer or add more as I prefer a bit more flavorful buttercream...Let you know how that works out....

Michelle04 Says... 10 Jul 2011 , 3:28pm

I can't find her video on Youtube. What is it titled? Or, can you post the link for me? Thanks.

lsmithbendor Says... 13 Jul 2011 , 10:11am

I want to revise my opinion above. Initially, I felt like this buttercream didn't have a lot of flavor...but the next day I noticed it seemed much more tasty. This is possibly due to having tasted too much sugary stuff that day and my taste buds were dead, LOL. I had so many comments on this was the "best icing ever" - I'm not changing a thing! I only had a little hi ratio shortening to try this with, I'll be trying it with a regular (trans fat) shortening tonight and hope for at least similar results.

KMKakes Says... 14 Jul 2011 , 4:50am

what brands of shortening are you all using that has trans fat? My Wal-Mart brand has 13 grams fat but 0g trans fat. i am interested in trying a recipe with this type of shortening.

artofcake1 Says... 29 May 2015 , 7:01pm

I have used this recipe many times, quick question... Do you use a flavored creamer or the original flavor? And what is the best extract to use for say a wedding cake! Thank you!! :) 

sugarshack Says... 29 May 2015 , 7:35pm

original and I use wedding bouquet flavoring

tamicrandall Says... 2 Jun 2015 , 9:07pm

The link to wedding bouquet flavoring doesn't work.


tamicrandall Says... 2 Jun 2015 , 9:09pm

Sorry for my hasty reply. I cut and pasted it into my search box and it took me right to the company. Thanks.

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