This recipe makes a GREAT tasting, bakery quality buttercream icing recipe. I went to the local bakery and asked them what they put in theirs - it's the trifecta of ingredients: butter flavoring, almond flavoring, and vanilla flavoring (pure vanilla). You need all three!
Makes about 3 ½ pounds
2 sticks butter, room temperature
2 cups Crisco shortening
1 teaspoon butter flavoring (Wilton’s makes the best flavored version)
1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract (I use Wilton’s Clear Vanilla)
1/2 teaspoon almond extract
2 pounds powdered (confectioners) cane sugar
1/2 teaspoon salt
1 tablespoon meringue powder (optional but the texture will be smoother)*
Water as necessary (I usually add about 2 tablespoons but you may need more or less depending on the humidity in your neighborhood)
* You can purchase meringue powder at your local grocery store under the brand name of Just Whites, or at Michael's (they carry the Wilton brand).
In the mixer, mix butter, Crisco shortening, and salt together to incorporate, about 5 minutes on low.
Add almond, butter and vanilla extracts. Mix together well. Add about 1 pound of powdered sugar and the meringue powder and mix.
Add 1/2 cup of powdered sugar at a time and mix until you get the consistency you want.
Add a little milk, a teaspoon at a time, if necessary to thin the frosting. Blend well on low for several minutes.
Use immediately or cover and refrigerate. NOTE: Buttercream Icing will last for weeks as long as it is well sealed.