White buttercream icing

Yield: 12 servings

Measure Ingredient
1 cup Crisco 3/4 to 1 1/2 c OK
¾ teaspoon CLEAR Vanilla
¼ teaspoon CLEAR Almond
¼ teaspoon CLEAR Butter
1 pinch Salt
½ cup *<or more>Milk or Water
2 pounds Confectioners' Sugar
⅓ cup *Cream Whip Icing Base

*By Henry & Henry. Only available in Wholesale Bakery Supply in 5 gal pail. You might try substituting regular marshmallow creme. Does not contain gum------only difference. But one reason I use this is to make my buttercream roses crust harder. I can handle them better. We sell this in smaller quantities in our cake supply shop. Other reasons to use it: Makes icing softer & more "whipped creamy" tasting. ~Takes out a little of the sweet taste too. Add in order given: Crisco and flavors in a heavy duty mixer on low speed. Add milk or water and confectioners' sugar. Mix on medium speed until light and fluffy. Keep icing covered at all times. This recipe will cover one cake mix and do decorations. Keeps unrefrigerated for 2 weeks in reasonably cool room. Keeps indefinately in fridge...Yes, made using milk too! Milk/Water- makes no difference in taste. But <purple> roses made using milk, don't fade to blue. ***Hand-held mixer: Don't add all the p.sugar so you won't burn up the mixer. When icing is nice & fluffy, THEN add the rest of the p.sugar...or enough to get it to spreadable consistency. If mixer gets hot <set a timer!>, turn it off for 20 minutes to cool it down or its ruined! Chocolate Icing: Add Hershey's Cocoa <no sub> until the buttercream icing becomes the nice rich chocolate color you want. If you want strong chocolate taste, you must add more cocoa. Butter: Of course icing made with butter tastes better. But it melts just setting out, so think what it does in the bag in your warm hands! Of course, you can substitute butter for Crisco <same amounts> or sub. half the Crisco, making it half Crisco & half butter. When butter icing is requested, I do it & just caution my customers that the decorations won't be as perfect. Usually they don't mind. Dolores McCann, Hamilton, OH...ICES representative for OH Dolores McCann, Prodigy Food & Wine Board

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