This pure white icing is especially suited for decorating wedding cakes. It covers well, tints to clear and true colors(these will match the hues of royal icing flowers) and pipes clear borders and flowers for the tops of tiers. Flowers dried overnight can be handled and if not too heavy, can be attached to the sides of cake.

Snow-White Buttercream


  • 2/3 cup water
  • 4 tablespoons meringue powder
  • 1 1/4 cups solid white vegetable shortening, room temperature
  • 1/4 teaspoon butter flavoring
  • 1/2 teaspoon almond flavoring
  • 1 teaspoon clear vanilla
  • 4 cups + 7 1/2 cups sifted confectioners’ sugar


    Combine water and meringue powder and whip at high speed until peaks form. Add four cups sugar, one cup at a time, beating at low speed after each addition. Alternately add shortening and remainder of sugar. Add flavorings and beat at low speed until smooth. This icing may be stored, well-covered, in the refrigerator for several weeks, then brought to room temperature and rebeaten. Thin with two teaspoons of white corn syrup per cup of icing for leaves and strings. Recipe may be cut in half or doubled. It is best to use a heavy duty stand mixer as this is a decorator icing.


noahsmummy Says... 9 Feb 2010 , 9:46pm

is this a crusting buttercream suitable for the "viva" method? thanks!

bntbushnell Says... 19 Sep 2010 , 10:48am

I tried this, was great, and yes it crusted very well and i used the viva method, worked great

bperkes Says... 18 May 2011 , 6:38pm

This is the same recipe in the Wilton Cake Decorating Book several years ago. I've been using this recipe for years. It is a great recipe.

NomsbyNikki Says... 21 Sep 2011 , 2:12pm

How many servings does this yield?

MaMaTaTa Says... 1 Feb 2012 , 11:30am

this is basically the same as the wilton recipe but wilton has corn syrup and salt. The recipe is delicious and it yields about 7c. of frosting. :)

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