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Crusting ButterCream (Faux Fondant) II

Crusting Buttercream for that perfectly smooth faux fondant effect.

Crusting ButterCream (Faux Fondant) II


  • 1 1/2 cups crisco 1/2 cup cake flour 2 pounds powdered sugar 1/4 cup water* to 1/3 cup 2 teaspoons clear vanilla


  1. 1. Cream shortening and flour.
  2. 2. Add flavoring.
  3. Add sugar and *almost boiling WATER.
  4. 3. Mix on low. Add as much additional water till smooth.
  5. [Flour acted as a stabilizer like the meringue powder.]

Comments (33)

silly question..cake flour different from regular flour? do you buy it at the grocery store?
Hi, looking forward to trying out the recipe, thanks! But can anyone tell me what crisco is, is it some type of oil or butter or something else entirely? And another dumb question, what's the difference between cake flour and plain flour?
novice45...crisco is name brand for shortening...I am not sure about the flour thing.
Cake flour is different from regular flour. You can buy it in the grocery store.
Thanks for your helpful advice jlsndss23 & loriannbrown, but I haven't ever seen "cake flour" in our grocery stores over here in Australia. We only seem to have Plain Flour (which is the same as your "All-purpose Flour"), Self Raising Flour (which is Plain Flour with raising agents mixed in), and Corn Flour. Does anyone know if I could mix something together that would act the same way as "Cake Flour"?
Question: How many cups is in 2lb of powdered sugar? I dont have a scale and I purchase my powdered sugar in 50lb bags. Thanks
4 cups equals about 1 lb. of confectioners' sugar.
Novice45: Cake Flour = Self Raising Flour (like Presto or Amapola brands); about Crisco, it's a brand for vegetal shortening
Sorry, I should wrote vegetable shortening instead of vegetal shortening
Cake flour is low-gluten flour. It's on the opposite end of the flour scale from bread flour, which is high-gluten. The difference in gluten affects how tender/chewy a baked good is. Less gluten = more tender.
Cake flour isn't the same thing as self rising flour. Self rising flour has baking powder in it but cake flour doesn't. You can substitute cake flour in any recipe with 1 cup minus 2 tablespoons of all purpose flour plus 2 tablespoons of corn starch.
My fav cake flour is Swans. In my area only the upscale stores carry it, unfortunately. I find it improves the texture of the cake. =)
soft-as-silk is a cake flour found around here. ive never heard of adding cake flour into buttercreme--this sounds very interesting!
I have to agree, I've never heard of cake flour in buttercreme either but I have to admit, I'm very interested and cant wait to try.. I also use Swans cake flour.
Swans is great I haven't masterd decorating cakes, but I've got the baking down. Everyone loves how moist and tender my cakes come out and I'm sure it's the swans, I find it at our local albertsons.
Well I had never heard of cake flour in butter cream icing either. Well I gave it a try. I had to add about 1/2 cup more water to get it creamy. Consistancy loooks good,, very spreadable. But one problem. It doesn't taste good. I used Swan cake flour with mine. I kept tasting a wierd taste in the icing, i couldn't figure out. My husband said he could taste the flour. So I will go back to my original recipe. Sorry but ill stick with the butter
Loved this recipe. Only thing is it doesn't like humidity. I made a cake with this in June (in the midwest) and loved the effect but as soon as I took it out of the air conditioning, it started "sweating." Maybe it needed more flour?
goodmorning! I 'm Eleny and i am come from Greece! Sorry for my english but i don't speek verry well! I want helr! Do yoy have photo to see the crispo and the cake flour? I don't anterstand what are they. Can i put collor in this paste?
Crisco is just shortening. Here's a picture of the can and what shortening looks like. Just click on the link below: Cake Flour: I hope this is helpful!
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