This is hands-down the best buttercream frosting I’ve ever tasted. The only frosting that comes close is from a bakery I once worked at in Pella, Iowa.
This frosting is light and fluffy with just the right amount of sweetness. It contains a few unique ingredients that definitely separates it from the rest!
My cake-making mother-in-law found this recipe online and we tweaked it here and there. I will say, however, that it’s so light and airy that it doesn’t work as well for cake building. But for sheet cake, a small layer cake, cupcakes or some fancy sugar cookies, it’s dynamite!
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We start with the base:
Soft Butter, Crisco & Salt
Mix on low for 5 minutes.
It’ll be nice and smooth and silky soft.
Secret Ingredient #1
Butter flavoring. Honestly, I’d never heard of such. I can’t help but wonder if that’s how they make buttered popcorn flavored jelly bellies? Not my cup of tea, but interesting!
Add just a smidge of this stuff, along with the vanilla extract (clear if you have it, but no biggie).
Beat until well mixed.
Secret Ingredient #2
Genius! Meringue powder. Add a little of this bad boy along with the powdered sugar. Just genius. It’s probably not that uncommon in the cake-baking world. But I’ve never been part of the cake-baking world. So it was new to me!
(Both of these ingredients can be found at any store that sells cake supplies. I believe these came from Michaels?)
You’ll add half of your powdered sugar with the meringue powder. Mix well. Then slowly mix in the rest of the powdered sugar, half a cup at a time. Check out the handle on that second picture. The frosting will be more yellow in color and a little stiff.Once all the powdered sugar is mixed in, let your mixer run on a low/medium speed for five minutes. Wallah! Light and fluffy!
Note, if you over-mix on too high of a speed, the frosting can develop air pockets. You want a buttercream that’s airy, not bubbly. Definitely learned that one the hard way. I way over-mixed once while frustrated with my food coloring abilities, or lack thereof. . .
Also notice how the color has turned to more of a white after the five minutes of mixing.
Now you are ready!
Add your color.
Pipe. Whatever blows your hair back!
- 1 stick Butter, soft
- 1 cup Crisco (7 oz)
- 1/4 tsp Salt
- 3/4 tsp Vanilla Extract
- 1/2 tsp Butter Flavoring
- 1/2 T Meringue Powder
- 4 cups Powdered Sugar (1 lb)
- Mix butter, crisco and salt on low speed for 5 minutes.
- Add flavorings and beat until well blended.
- Add meringue powder and 2 cups powdered sugar. Mix slowly.
- Add remaining powdered sugar, half cup at a time until mixed well.
- Beat on med/low for 5 minutes, until light and fluffy.