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Feb 21, 2011


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Amy | She Wears Many Hats

So helpful Amanda! I really want to do one of each of those.

Aleesa McKenna

Hi there. Do you have to use shortening? never used it for icing before. would butter do the same or not really. thanks!


Curious about butter, too. I hate shortening.

Kim Jack

I was wondering if you can add a flavor to this recipe and if I do, do I need to take something out, like the vanilla or just not add as much milk?


Butter works just fine in place of shortening


Those rosettes give me goosebumps. I love them.


butter can be used in place of shortening....but it wont hold its shape as well, especially in the warmer temps. i tried to make her hydrangea cake but bc i used just butter i couldnt get the shapes to hold. i now use a recipe that is similar to hers but i use 1 stick of crisco and 2 sticks of butter. it crusts and hold its shape better then just butter but also taste more like regular buttercream. : )


As a flavor snob and a purist who believes that treats should taste as good as they are beautiful, I have to agree that if it doesn't have butter and either egg yolk or egg white then it is not a buttercream! It is frosting. Might not sound as fancy, but an important distinction to make in order to maintain the integrity of the craft.


Hello, I just wanted to say thank you for contstantly amazing and inspiring me with your fantastic baking.

For the first time this weekend, I filled a cake and iced it with buttercream - I've never had so many compliments!

I really appreciate you posting such great recipes, sharing your tips and showing such beautifully decorated cakes and cookies.

Jus' sayin

@Alycia then you should have a more constructive comment than telling this wonderful blogger something she already acknowledged in her post, like another name for this excellent, helpful recipe.


i know this post is 8 months old, but i just wanted to interject.. that's known as a "decorator's buttercream", hence the perfect crusting and consistency for flowers.. a "real" buttercream is more of a filling/coating

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