Birthdays are done and finished for this year, so now we can fully concentrate on Christmas!! Mind you, I’ve been busy crafting and decorating for Christmas for the past few weeks already, that is what has been keeping me busy. But, the end is in sight now, and then I will switch over to Christmas baking!
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But first, I wanted to post this recipe. It is not my original recipe, I got it from CakeCentral.com. However, this icing was so great to work with, and everyone seemed to love how it tasted, so it is a recipe I want to be able to remember the next time we have a birthday. 🙂 I love this frosting because it gets a slight crust to it, so you can use a smooth, lintless cloth, or a paper towel, and put it up against the icing and smooth the icing out, without it sticking to the cloth or paper towel. So, I was able to achieve a smooth, fondant like look,without having fondant on the cake. Everyone loves the look of a fondant cake, but not the taste, and kids are no exception. I had kids asking for seconds, so I know this is a recipe I must keep on hand.
I love this frosting because it gets a slight crust to it, so you can use a smooth, lintless cloth, or a paper towel, and put it up against the icing and smooth the icing out, without it sticking to the cloth or paper towel.
- 2 lbs. sifted powdered sugar
- 1/2 cup (or 1 stick) butter, softened.
- 1-1/2 cups solid vegetable shortening
- 2 tbsp. clear vanilla extract
- 1/4 tsp. almond extract
- 1/3 cup water for icing cake -OR- 1/4 cup for stiff consistency
Cream butter, shortening, and extracts until creamy and smooth. Gradually add powdered sugar and water. Mix thoroughly on medium speed for hand mixers, low speed for stand mixers, until smooth and creamy. Do not overmix or mix on high speed.
Divide the frosting into bowls and stir in your desired amount of colouring. I like to use gel color for best results.
Let set for 15 minutes before smoothing with a VIVA paper towel or lint-free dish towel.
Icing can be refrigerated for 2 weeks in an airtight container. Iced cake can sit at room temp. for 2-3 days.
1) For stiffer icing, use 1/4 cup of water instead of 1/3 cup.
If you live where it is humid, you can add 1-2 tbsp. meringue powder.
2) I added cocoa powder and brown gel colour to get the dark brown colour. I used pearl dust to give the lens some shine, and a clean paint brush dipped in vodka and a wee bit of blue gel colour to paint on the blue reflection in the magnifying glass lens.
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Cook It Allergy Free says
ooh! I love this buttercream recipe. And I am like you – sometimes I will just blog about a recipe so that I will not forget it for next time. And I am just getting started on my holiday baking as well now that i am done with the decorating! 😉
Michele B says
I know what you mean about a recipe that works well. My butter cream icing is similar to yours and I always get a lot of great comments on it. If you do want a great tasting fondant recipe, let me know…got a hold of it a couple years ago and now I won’t use anything else…they all taste chemically to me now. The best part is you can use any flavouring you want in it!
Sounds great! I’ve tried a few fondant recipes, but the kiddos aren’t sold on it. I’d love to try your recipes, one can never have too many recipes! 😉
I’d love it if you would share your fondant recipe! The ones I have taste really awful so I try avoid making them at all costs!
This recipe has gotten a lot of attention on the blog, and isn’t a bad tasting fondant, not like store-bought at all. Works beautifully though, like playing with play dough. 🙂 http://www.thebakingbeauties.com/2010/10/homemade-fondant-that-tastes-like-buttercream.html
Hi, would like to try your fondant recipe, if you don’t mind sharing?
Jeanine Friesen says
Here it is: http://www.thebakingbeauties.com/2010/10/homemade-fondant-that-tastes-like-buttercream.html
i really love the new site it is very interactive, i will definitely try this recipe and let u know how it turns out on my side of the world in terms of temperature/ humidity.
Yes, the temperature & humidity can change things, let me know how it works for you!