Recipe for Butter Cream Decorator Icing


    Butter Cream Decorator Icing

    1/2 cup vegetable shortening
    1/2 cup margarine
    1 teaspoon vanilla extract or flavoring
    4 cups confectioners' sugar
    2 tablespoons milk* (or water)

    Cream margarine and shortening. Add vanilla extract. Gradually add sugar, one cup at a time, beating well. Scrape sides of bowl often. Add milk and beat at medium speed until light and fluffy.

    Keep icing covered with a damp cloth until cake is iced, or keep in fridge in an airtight bowl for up to 2 weeks.

    Bring to room temperature and re-whip before using. Yield 3 cups.

    For Chocolate icing: add 3/4 cup cocoa or 3 squares of unsweetened chocolate, melted; add an additional 1 -2 tablespoons milk.

    Hint: Milk makes the icing "crusty"; water will keep the icing soft. You can also add 3-4 tablespoons light corn syrup to make it spreading consistency.

    Pineapple flavoring is also excellent.

    NOTE: For fancy cake decorating!