WTG, Cupcakeatheart!!! But, sounds like you forgot to throw the towel over the whole mixer to prevent the powder sugar from getting all over your kitchen! It really does work...then you just shake the towel out after you are done & throw it in the wash! No more having to clean up the whole kitchen! Best ever buttercream, huh?
Okay, I've been using Crisco........is that not the right kind of shortening to use? My BC never taste right when I use shortening only... so I've always used half butter half shortening>???? Is this wrong? I don't want buttercream to defeat me!
I use sugarshack's recipe for a 5 qt KA (tilting head) except I use three cups hi ratio and two cups butter and it comes out really well. I also use 11 tbsp hot heavy cream instead of coffee creamer. I really love the consistency, flavor, creaminess, etc. Its perfect and air bubble free!
OK...I just made it again, using store brand shortening with trans-fats, though, not Sweetex. As I said before, every time I've made it (even using hi-ratio) it comes out waaaaay too soft. The last time I made it, I used 3 Tbs LESS liquid than the recipe calls for (I have a 6 qt KA), thinking I'd add more if needed, and it was still way too soft.
...and it looks wonderful! I took pix, but they're really dark lol! The recipes I've been seeing use a total of 20 Tbs liquid (flavor & creamer, etc) but I found that to be so thin. This batch looks good, and I think it will work fine, but I could probably get away with using even 1 less Tbs of liquid.
I'm anxious to let it sit for a couple of hours and see if it develops air bubbles. All of my previous batches have, including the hi-ratio batches.
Yes, I'm sure it's cooled. I usually make icing at night for use the next day. It's very rare that I make it during the day...only if it's an emergency lol.
It does stiffen up a little after cooling/sitting over night, but the last time I made the icing, it literally slid off of the cake I was practicing on--yikes! I'm not sure why, but it just seems that I have to use a lot less liquid. This batch is looking great so far. I made it about 2 hours ago, so I'm not sure when it will be totally cooled, but I won't use it till tomorrow. We'll see!