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Basic Buttercream

A basic and versatile buttercream - flavor and color to your liking. Temperature stable, easy to make and work with - my go to buttercream for cupcakes. You may need to double this recipe for Russian Style Piping (I did)
Cook Time 5 mins
Total Time 5 mins
Servings 2 1/2 cups


  • ½ cup solid vegetable shortening
  • ½ cup 1 stick butter, softened
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 4 cups sifted confectioners' sugar approximately 1 lb.
  • 1 - 2 tablespoons milk


  • In large mixing bowl, beat shortening and butter with electric mixer until very light and fluffy.
  • Beat in vanilla.
  • Gradually mix in sugar, one cup at a time. Beat well on medium speed, scraping sides and bottom of bowl.
  • Buttercream will be dry when all sugar has been mixed in.
  • Add in milk, beat at medium speed until light and fluffy.
  • Mix in any colors or add-ins if desired.
  • Enjoy : )