Foolproof Crusting Buttercream

This is the recipe I got from my cake decorating instructor. She is a certified Wilton instructor, but her classes were not Wilton classes so she used her own recipes. I’ve been using this recipe for over 15 years and have never had a problem with it. I live in South Louisiana so trying to use any type of Buttercream that has butter in this heat is asking for disaster. This is great for string work because of the Karo Corn Syrup. If making roses just a stiffen a little with Confectioner’s Sugar.

Foolproof Crusting Buttercream

Ingredients

  • 1 1/4 Cups Crisco
  • 1 Heaping Tablespoon Brite White
  • 1 Tablespoon Meringue Powder
  • 1/2 Teaspoon Salt
  • 1 Teaspoon Clear Vanilla
  • 1/2 Teaspoon Butter Flavor
  • 1/2 Teaspoon Almond Emulsion
  • 1/2 Teaspoon Creme Bouquet
  • 2 Pounds Confectioner’s Sugar
  • 2 Tablespoons Karo Light Corn Syrup
  • Scant 1/2 Cup Cold Water, less 2 Tablespoons

Instructions

  1. Mix Crisco, Brite White, Meringue Powder, Clear Vanilla, Butter Flavor, Almond Emulsion and Creme Bouquet in large stand mixer until well blended.
  2. Dissolve salt in water.
  3. Add one-half bag of confectioner’s sugar, one-half of salt/water mixture and all of syrup and mix well.
  4. Add remaining confectioner’s sugar and water, scrape down sides of bowl and mix well.
  5. Do not over mix as this will add unnecessary air bubbles to your icing.
  6. Remove mixing bowl and using a large rubber spatula “slap” icing against side of bowl to remove air (do not stir icing in a circle – this will just incorporate more air).
  7. Store in airtight container.
  8. To use stir briefly (again do not stir in circles to prevent air bubbles) and decorate.

Comments (9)

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Bright white is White food coloring...I subbed almond emulsion for almond extract and creme bouquet with my own version. THIS is the perfect icing!

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Scant....just a little less. Scant 1/2 less 2 tablespoons means fill to 1/2 cup and remove 2 tablespoons. I also heat the water a little in microwave so it dissolves the salt completely. Im in Florida Luby's recipe has NEVER let me or my cake down!!! Working on oldest daughters wedding cake and will use this recipe once again. THANKS LUBY for posting @-^--

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This is just what I was looking for! I live in Florida too and have distasterious results with other buttercreams! Can't wait to try this one out! Thank you for sharing.

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The only Brite White I could find online is an icing base. How can you get a "heaping teaspoon" of food coloring. Is there anything I need to use as a substitute? Cake is for this weekend.


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