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Wednesday, March 31, 2010

Buttercream Frosting

1 lb powdered sugar, sifted
1 cup crisco shortening (get crisco brand but not butter flavored, it will make it runny)
1 T meringue powder (in cake dec in crafts at Walmart or at Michaels or Joanns)
1/4 t salt
1/2 t butter extract
1 t clear vanilla extract
About 6 T water

Add all ingredients but only about half of the water into a mixing bowl and start mixing. Slowly add water to get the right consistency, you will have to adjust amount depending on humidity. If you have a kitchen aid mixer that is the best, turn it on and leave it once you've added the water. Sometimes I leave it for several minutes. It gets nice and fluffy from the meringue powder being reconstituted.

This recipe is from my friend Melissa, who sells her cakes and cupcakes with this amazing frosting. It's great as written, but it also has an optional secret ingredient that slightly changes the flavor, so if you are interested, give me a call and I'll tell you what it is.

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