Smooth And Glossy Buttercream

Decorating By Clovers Updated 7 Aug 2009 , 7:28pm by hamie

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Clovers Posted 7 Aug 2009 , 7:02pm
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I can't figure out how to do the really smooth, shiny/glossy looking buttercream that I normally see on cupcakes. When I cream together my butter and shortening, I always seem to get little balls of shortening lumps.. so I try to get those out, and then by the time I have added enough powdered sugar for the icing to be firm and 'peak' nicely, it's overwhipped - but if I don't mix it that long it seems I can't get all the sugar in.

What do I do? I have to make three dozen cupcakes for a baby shower next weekend and I want picture perfect icing swirls, not the air bubbly, whipped ones I have been getting!

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__Jamie__ Posted 7 Aug 2009 , 7:06pm
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If it's super shiny, it's probably a meringue based icing. My favorite kind!

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hamie Posted 7 Aug 2009 , 7:28pm
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Use sugarshacks method to get rid of air bubbles.

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