Wilton chocolate buttercream icing

Yield: 3 Cups

Measure Ingredient
1 teaspoon Clear vanilla extract*
4 tablespoons Water
½ cup Shortening
½ cup Butter
3 ounces Melted bittersweet chocolate
1 tablespoon Wilton Meringue Powder
1 pounds Sifted powdered sugar (approx 4 cups)

*Note: Clear butter & clear almond extracts can be included with or substituted for the vanilla. Flavorings can be up to a total of 2 t.

DIRECTIONS: Sift the powdered sugar and meringue powder into a large mixing bowl and set aside. Cream shortening, butter, flavorings and water. Gradually add sifted dry ingredients and mix on medium speed until all ingredients have been thoroughly mixed together. Blend an additional minute or so until creamy.

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