OTHER DESSERTS

Vanilla Buttercream

You’ve probably heard of Pink Little Cake (if you haven’t you must go check out her amazing cakes, cookies and How-To’s!).  Even though my head is a little inflated right now, I’m going to stick to my original plan of sharing my buttercream recipes. Finding the perfect vanilla buttercream has been a struggle for me over the years. I have tried tons of recipes and gone through hundreds of sticks of butter in search of my favorite. I have narrowed it down to my top two vanilla buttercream recipes. I’ve tried to pick one but I just can’t!

Cake icing recipe

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Vanilla Buttercream
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Vanilla Buttercream Frosting Recipe

American Buttercream

American Buttercream is and will always be my family’s favorite buttercream. It is sweet, creamy and perfect for cupcakes. This recipe is a favorite among kids. And well, it’s damn good.
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The Best-Ever Vanilla Buttercream

Ingredients – white frosting recipe

  1. 4 sticks unsalted butter
  2. 2 lbs powdered sugar
  3. 2 teaspoons vanilla teaspoon popcorn salt
  4. 5-6 Tablespoons half and a half
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Buttercream Icing Recipe

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If you are in a high temp location substitute 1 cup of Hi-Ratio shortening for 2 sticks of the butter.

In the bowl of an electric mixer fitted with the paddle attachment, cream butter until smooth and creamy, 2 to 3 minutes. With the mixer on low speed, add sugar, half and half, vanilla and salt; mix until light and fluffy.

Meringue Buttercream
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Meringue Buttercream

Meringue Buttercream is a newer recipe for me and an adapted recipe from my friend Jeanette (from Blue Ivey Company Cakery). It is a cross between Swiss Meringue and American Buttercream. It is buttery, creamy and smooth. When I cover a cake in fondant this is the one I use. Simple icing recipe.

Ingredients:

1 lb, 8oz. powdered sugar
2/3 cup pasteurized egg whites
1 Tablespoon vanilla
6 sticks unsalted butter, softened cup hi ratio shortening

In an electric mixer using a wire whip, combine sugar, egg whites, and vanilla. Mix on low to combine. Increase speed to high and mix for 10 minutes to build volume. Switch to a paddle attachment and reduce speed to medium, slowly add softened butter and shortening and beat an additional 10 minutes or until the full volume is reached.

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